OMPH International Pilgrimage Congress
“Debo-Misyon”, a coined term from the words: Devotion and Mission, expresses the main message of the International Pilgrimage Congress held on April 24 to 27, 2017 at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) in Baclaran, Parañaque City with the theme, “Icon of Compassion: OMPH in the 21st Century”. The said Pilgrimage Congress was organized by the Philippine Joint Commission headed by Fr. Victorino Cueto, C.Ss.R. with members namely, Ms. Des Mendoza, Sr. Alejandra D. Valdez, MPS, Bro. Karl Gaspar, C.Ss.R., Fr. Chris Mostajo, C.Ss.R., Fr. Ariel Lubi, C.Ss.R., Fr. Amado Picardal, C.Ss.R., Fr. Joey Echano, C.Ss.R. and Bro. Joel De Guzman, C.Ss.R. It was the culminating activity of the three-year celebration of the 150th Jubilee of the restoration of the public veneration of the Miraculous Icon to the Redemptorists and the entrustment of the Icon by Pope Pius IX and his mandate to spread devotion to her throughout the world. Rev. Fr. Carlos Ronquillo, CSsR, Rector of the Shrine, shared in his message to the delegates that we are called not only to strengthen our devotion to the Blessed Mother, but also to re-invigorate our missionary commitment to make God’s mercy alive in our time.
The event was attended by about 400 local and foreign delegates who journeyed on a four-day series of activities featuring talks, group sharings, a film-festival, a musical play, a pilgrimage around the Shrine, procession with the Icon, and moments of prayer. Each day was made complete through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist graced by the Redemptorist bishops and priests and other invited clergy. The Closing Mass on April 27 was presided by Rev. Fr. Michael Brehl, CSsR, Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.
The Missionaries of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (MPS) of the Philippine Region are grateful for being part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration as several sisters from the different local communities were able to join as delegates, and also took active part in the liturgical committee, headed by Sr. Alejandra D. Valdez, MPS and Fr. Ariel Lubi, C.Ss.R.