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Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine, San Jose del Monte

Coordinates: 14°47′37.7″N 121°04′00.2″E / 14.793806°N 121.066722°E / 14.793806; 121.066722
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Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
Replica of the Rosary Basilica at the grotto shrine
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine is located in Bulacan
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
Location in Bulacan
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine is located in Luzon
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
Location in Luzon
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine is located in Philippines
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
Location in the Philippines
14°47′37.7″N 121°04′00.2″E / 14.793806°N 121.066722°E / 14.793806; 121.066722
LocationSan Jose del Monte, Bulacan
CountryPhilippines
DenominationCatholic Church
History
Founded1965
Founder(s)Horacio A. Guanzon
Anita Guidote-Guanzon
DedicationOur Lady of Lourdes
Consecrated2024
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Groundbreaking1961
Administration
ProvinceManila
MetropolisManila
ArchdioceseManila
DioceseMalolos
Clergy
Bishop(s)Dennis Villarojo

The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines.

History

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The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine was first opened to the public on February 11, 1965, coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The site was established by Horacio A. Guanzon and Anita Guidote-Guanzon, whose familial roots traces to wealthy families in Bulacan, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. Guidote-Guanzon, after being cured of cancer following her family's pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, in 1961, decided to establish the grotto shrine as an act of thanksgiving, believing that the improvement of her condition was a miracle. The doctors who diagnosed her cancer projected that she only had six months to live but she went on to live for three more decades.[1][2]

The Guanzons started a project to build a replica of the Rosary Basilica in Lourdes, France. After the death of Anita Guidote-Guanzon in 1990, the management of the grotto shrine was entrusted to their children, who oversaw the completion of the replica.[2][3]

The eldest daughter of the Guanzons, Marietta Guanzon-Holmgren, asked the Diocese of Malolos in 2004 to send personnel to supervise religious rites at the grotto shrine. However, allegations arose that Guanzon-Holmgren was meddling too much on how clergymen sent by the diocese performed their duties. In a circular released on 22 March 2004, the shrine was said to be not compliant on Roman Catholic guidelines on liturgy and worship leading to Bishop Jose Oliveros, then Apostolic Administrator of Malolos, to stop recognizing the shrine as a Roman Catholic institution.[4]

On June 12, 2024, the Guanzon family and the Diocese of Malolos finally agreed to address the status of the Shrine. The Guanzons formally donated the Shrine to the Diocese of Malolos.[5] The Canonical Possession and Transfer of the Shrine to the diocese was finalized on July 20, 2024 in a ceremony officiated by Reverend Dennis Villarojo, DD.[6][7][8]

Status

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Because of the dispute, the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine was not officially recognized as a Catholic pilgrimage site by the Diocese of Malolos from 2004 to 2024. In 2019, the diocese reiterated its non-recognition of the shrine and said in a statement that priests holding rites at the site are suspended by the Catholic church.[9][3]

The shrine was recognized again as a Catholic pilgrimage site after the Guanzon family donated the shrine and formally transferred it to the diocese on July 20, 2024.[10]

Traditions

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Mass at the site's Grotto

The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine is often visited by Roman Catholics during the Lenten season. Every Maundy Thursday since 1966, devotees conduct a penitential walk, traversing by foot from northern Metro Manila (either Malinta, Valenzuela or Balintawak, Quezon City) to the grotto shrine. Devotees largely comes from the northern Metro Manila cities of Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas, Novaliches, Quezon City and Valenzuela and the Bulacan city of Meycauayan.[11] Non-Catholic Christians, including Philippine Independent Church members also use the grotto shrine as a pilgrimage site.[9]

References

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  1. ^ Rojas, Joy (May 11, 2015). "The lady behind Bulacan's miraculous grotto". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Samonte, Severino (April 21, 2019). "Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in Bulacan revisited". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Antiporda, Rosalina (June 20, 2015). "Clarifications re article on Lourdes Grotto". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 28, 2021. We (Grotto Shrine Foundation Inc.; excluding Marietta Guanzon-Holmgren) would like to take strong exception to the article titled "The lady behind Bulacan's miraculous grotto" (Lifestyle, 5/12/15)
  4. ^ "Private grotto draws people seeking to be cured". UCA News. April 9, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  5. ^ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/share/p/gj53a28Zxy4emNz7/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Malolos diocese takes over pastoral care of Lourdes Grotto". cbcpnews.net. July 20, 2024. Retrieved July 20, 2024.
  7. ^ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=809660774640210&set=a.506874761585481. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Malolos diocese takes over pastoral care of Lourdes Grotto". GMA News. July 23, 2024. Retrieved July 23, 2024.
  9. ^ a b Panganiban, Sem. Kendrick Ivan (April 27, 2019). "Malolos diocese clarifies: 'Lourdes grotto' not Catholic pilgrimage site". CBCP News. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Diocese of Malolos formally takes over pastoral care of Lourdes Grotto in Bulacan". Manila Bulletin. July 20, 2024. Retrieved July 20, 2024.
  11. ^ Samonte, Severino (March 25, 2021). "Bulacan grotto-shrine cancels Lenten activities due to Covid-19". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved June 28, 2021.