Church of Bom Pastor
|Church of Bom Pastor (Igreja do Bom Pastor)|
|Church of the Good Shepard, Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Convent-Church of the Good Shepard|
A view of the front facade of the church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
|Official name: Igreja do Bom Pastor/Igreja do Sagrado Coração de Jesus em Valongo|
|Named for: Sacred Heart of Jesus|
|Materials||Granite, Masonry, Plaster, Tile|
|- Initiated||14 July 1957|
|- Completion||21 April 1966|
|Easiest access||Rua de Ermesinde; Rua de Palmelheira|
|Management||Instituto Gestão do Patrimonio Arquitectónico e Arqueológico|
|Operator||Roman Catholic Diocese of Porto|
|Wikimedia Commons: Igreja do Sagrado Coração de Jesus (Valongo)|
The Church of Bom Pastor (Portuguese: Igreja do Bom Pastor) is a Modernist church in the civil parish of Ermesinde, in the municipality of Valongo, in the Portuguese district of Porto. The religious sanctuary actually goes by several names, including the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a shrine dedicated to the worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
This imposing church/shrine was built between on 14 July 1957 and 21 April 1966, and consecrated in fulfillment of a vow made to Mary of the Divine Heart by the Countess Droste zu Vischering, a religious personality well-known for influencing Pope Leo XIII to make the consecration of the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Later, in 1964, this same Catholic nun of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd and Mother Superior of the Convent of the Good Shepherd of Porto was proclaimed Venerable by the Catholic Church and was later beatified on 1 November 1975, by Pope Paul VI.
According to the writings of Sister Vischering, Jesus had revealed to her a promise in relation to the church-shrine:
- For a long time, as you know, I have wanted to build a church on the Good Shepherd property. Uncertain as to whom this church should be dedicated, I have prayed and consulted many people without reaching a decision. On the First Friday of this month, I asked Our Lord to enlighten me. After the Holy Communion, He said to me: "I desire that the church be consecrated to My Heart. You must erect here a place of reparation; from My part I will make it a place of graces. I will distribute copiously graces to all who live in this house [the Convent], those who live here now, those who will live here after, and even to the people of their relations." Then He told me that He wished this church, above all, to be a place of reparation for sacrileges and for obtain graces for the clergy.
The shrine has become an important place for Christian pilgrims seeking to deepen their devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the life, virtues and work of Sister Mary of the Divine Heart.
Inside this temple, there is the tomb with her incorrupt body exposed to public veneration.
- Autobiography of Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, Religious of the Good Shepherd' (Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd ed.), Lisbon, Portugal, 1993 [13 August 1897]