Friday, April 25, 2014

Visita Iglesia 2014: Part 5 of 5


The construction in 1954 of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel began at the same time the Order of Discalced Carmelites was founded in the Archdiocese of Manila.  A piece of property along Broadway street was acquired to start the difficult task of building not only a religiuos house for the Carmelite Irish Friars, but also a shrine in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  On December 31, 1954, the cornerstone of the church was blessed by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Phlippines, Archbishop Egidio Vanozzi. 

Ten years later , the Shrine of Mary was inaugurated on the feast of Mt. Carmel, with Rufino Cardinal Santos as main celebrant. In 1975, after a lot of improvements and developments in religious activities and active participation of the faithful in the community, the Mt. Carmel Shrine was eleveated to a parish church, and Fr. Paul O’Sullivan was appointed Parish priest. He was installed by the Auxiliary bishop of Manila, the Most Reverend Juan Velasco O.P. One of the parish priests of Mt. Carmel Shrine – Parish became the present Rolando Tirona of the Prelature of Infanta. On July 6, 2000 the Mt. Carmel Shrine celebrated its silver anniversary as a Parish.

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In November of 1960 then Cardinal Rufino J. Santos of Manila, the first Filipino Cardinal, visited the Blessed Sacrament Convent in Baguio, the home of the Pink Sisters. As he was being led through the cloister to the room where he would meet the entire community, he passed by the courtyard in which an imposing statue of St. Joseph stands. His eminence stopped and suggested that sisters should consider opening an adoration chapel and convent in Manila. In 1962 a very appealing piece of property was selected in Quezon City, a residential suburb of Manila. The Cardinal joyfully blessed the building site and laid the cornersone in May 1964. After that the construction progressed rapidly . On the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1965, the first mass was celebrated in a temporary chapel and a small community of sisters moved into the new convent building.  Even before the convent was finished, young women had already been applying for entrance with eagerness to leave all in order to follow Christ in the cloistered contemplative life.  One year later the spacious chapel was completed and dedicated. The dream eventually became a reality in 1965 and the place was named St. Joseph's Adoration Chapel and Convent.

St. Joseph’s Adoration Chapel has become a significant center of eucharistic devotion for the capital of the Philippines.  Members of the vibrant League of Adorers take turns in joining the Sisters in adoration.  An annual Eucharistic Congress and the monthly Holy Hour draw large crowds, so that the already roomy chapel is filled to overflowing and part of the crowd takes part with the help of outside loudspeakers.  God has abundantly blessed the trustful courage with which the superiors of our Congregation overcame their first doubts as to the feasibility of founding in Manila.  All praise and honor to Him!



The shrine is within the compound of the Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City. The Christ the King Mission Seminary is a Roman Catholic seminary in Quezon City, Philippines run by the Divine Word Missionaries, more popularly known as the "Society of the Divine Word" (SVD).

According to the blog about Philippine Churches, If you are into some kind of a retreat or you just want a little peace, this is the place to be. You can enjoy the tranquillity of the place despite of its actual location which is beside a highway.  Within the compound, you would see the SVD Mission Seminary Foundation Inc., the grotto, Divine Word Shrine, Arnoldus Cemetery, an adoration chapel, a canteen, a basketball court, and a lot more. You have to see it for yourself. Religious articles, books, and church goods are available in the bookstore beside the canteen. On your way to the Grotto and the Cemetery make sure to catch the school of brightly-colored Koi fish, the century-old trees, the well-designed landscape, and the mini-amphitheater.  

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish - Kamuning is a Catholic parish in the Kamuning District of Quezon City in the Philippines. It was established on October 3, 1941. The parish has been in the pastoral care and administration of the Society of the Divine Word since even before its founding. Kamuning was a government housing project of then Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon. Kamuning was known then as Barrio Obrero II.

Kamuning, formerly known as Barrio Obrero II, was a housing project site for government employees and their families. Late in 1939, the Kamuning Residents' Association sought pastoral care from the Society of the Divine World (SVD). The First Mass was celebrated where the Kamuning Public Market now stands, on that year's Christmas Eve. In the early 1940s, the parish boundaries reached as far east toward Loyola Heights and westward up to the Mabuhay Rotonda. About a year later, on October 1, 1941, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish was established, and it has been in the care of the SVD missionaries since then. Today, the parish covers five barangays – Kamuning, Sacred Heart, South Triangle, Kristong Hari, Kalusugan, and part of Obrero. According to Philippines 2000 Census, the parish jurisdiction has a resident population of 43,074 people.

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