National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

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Coordinates: 14°37′55″N 120°59′53″E / 14.632°N 120.998°E / 14.632; 120.998

National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
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"National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes"
Basic information
Location Kanlaon Corner N.S. Amoranto Ave., (Formerly Retiro St.), Quezon City, Philippines 1114
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Leadership Capuchin
Website http://www.nsollqc.com/
Architectural description
Architectural style Neoclassic
Groundbreaking January 30, 1950
Completed 1951
Specifications
Materials Reinforced concrete

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is a church under the care of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin of the Philippine Ecclesiastical Province and under the vicariate of Santuario de San Pedro Bautista of the diocese of Cubao.[1] The original church was located in Intramuros until it was destroyed during the World War II. In 1951, the recovered images of Our Lady of Lourdes was transferred to its current location. The altar image was place at the sacristy of the San Agustin Church in Intramuros for safe keeping during the war. And the Besa Pie was hidden in a safe house in Tondo, under the care of the brother of Mr. Salonga, the manager of the Catholic Bank of Monte de Piedad.

Established August 15, 1951, the parish is known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. Its feast day is February 11.[2] The titular is Our Lady of Lourdes[3]

Geography[edit]

The church is located on Kanlaon Street at the corner of N.S. Amoranto Street in Sta. Mesa Heights, La Loma, Quezon City. Its boundaries include:[4]

  • G. Araneta Avenue (North Bound)
  • Sta. Catalina Street (West Bound)
  • A. Bonifacio Avenue (South Bound)
  • Blummentritt Street (South Bound)
  • Maria Clara Street (East Bound)

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes covers six parishes:[5]

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Manila (1951)
  • Santo Domingo, Quezon City (1972)
  • Santa Teresita, Quezon City (1977)
  • Santa Perpetua, Quezon City (1975)
  • San Roque, Manila (1987)
  • Most Holy Redeemer, Quezon City (1994).

History[edit]

Eleven missionaries from Spain arrived in Manila on May 13, 1886 and stayed with the Franciscans in Intramuros.[6] Six of the friars left while the remaining five continued to provide the spiritual needs of the area until they built the first Capuchin house in Gen Luna Street in Intramuros, Manila, opening it to the public on May 8, 1892.

Father Berardo de Cieza requested Manuel Flores to sculpt a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes later that year. A second image was sculpted by the same person with the guidance of Father Antonio of Valencia. In September 1897, Architect Federico Soler started the enlargement of the chapel with help from donations from a Mr Moron. The new church dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes was inaugurated on February 3, 1910.[7]

When World War II erupted, the image of Our Lady of Lourdes was kept in the sacristy of San Agustin Church (Manila). It was found intact after the war and was transferred to the chapel of the University of Santo Tomas and later moved to Sta. Teresita Chapel in Mayon Street, Quezon City.[8]

The Capuchins were able to obtain official authorization from the government on February 9, 1946 to the restore the church of Lourdes but decided to build a bigger church on an acquired 10,500 square meter lot located in Retiro Street, Quezon City. The construction of the new church started on January 30, 1950 by Engineer Marquez under the supervision of Father Bienvenido of Arbeiza as Custos.[9]

On February 10, 1951, the two images of Our Lady of Lourdes were transferred to the new church from the temporary shelter in Mayon Street. The church was inaugurated on August 15, 1951, by the archbishop of Manila, Monsignor Reyes who officiated at the mass which was attended by many important people including the President of the Philippine Senate, Don Mariano Jesus Cuenco who represented the Spanish Embassy and Miss Gullon, daughter of the Ambassador.[10][11]

On January 24, 1997, the church was declared National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.

Right Side (East)
Left Side (West)
The Main Entrance
View from the Main Entrance
Close up of the Altar

Priests[edit]

Current clergy
  • Rev. Fr. William T. Bustamante, OFMCap. (Parish Priest)
  • Rev. Fr. Dominic B. Abella, OFMCap. (Assistant Parish Priest)
Prior clergy[12]
  • Fr. Fernando de Erasun (1942-1951)
  • Fr. Pedro de Azcoitia (1951-1953)
  • Fr. Fernando de Erasun (1953-1954)
  • Fr. Sebastian de Sanguesa (1954-1961)
  • Fr. Angel de los Arcos (1961-1967)
  • Fr. Sebastian de Sanguesa (1967-1976)
  • Fr. Jesus Salcedo (1976-1979)
  • Fr. Troadio de los Santos (1979-1982)
  • Fr. Jose Luis Arrieta (1982-1991)
  • Fr. Alfredo Micua (1991-1994)
  • Fr. Troadio de los Santos (1994-2002)
  • Fr. Mario G. Dorado (2002-2005)
  • Fr. Ramon C. Atanacio (2005-2011)
  • Fr. Chito B. Bartolo (2011-2014)
  • Fr. William T. Bustamante (present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao". http://www.dioceseofcubao.org/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao". http://www.dioceseofcubao.org/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao". http://www.dioceseofcubao.org/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes". http://www.nsollqc.com/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes". http://www.nsollqc.com/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes". http://www.nsollqc.com. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pinoy Churches". http://pinoychurches.wordpress.com/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes". http://www.nsollqc.com. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pinoy Churches". http://pinoychurches.wordpress.com/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes". http://www.nsollqc.com/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Pinoy Churches". http://pinoychurches.wordpress.com/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes". http://www.nsollqc.com/. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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