I first met missionaries of the Redemptorists in Adams, Ilocos Norte, about 10 years ago. Last Saturday, I had the chance to celebrate with them the proclamation of the jubilee year of the 150th anniversary of receiving the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The Redemptorists are the custodians and missionaries of the icon first venerated by the public in 1499. The feast was celebrated worldwide, with The Holy Father Pope Francis granting a plenary indulgence (see story here). A mass and novena was held at the recently built St. Gerard Mission Center in barangay Bengcag in Laoag.
Known as the Holy Virgin of Baclaran, Our Mother of Perpetual Help is enshrined at the Baclaran Church, where droves of devotees congregate every Wednesday to hear mass and pray the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Among the pastoral missions of the Redemptorists of the Philippines are care for street children, indigenous peoples and the urban poor, and prison ministry.
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