Shrines and Sanctuaries

 

Redemptorists are blessed with an extraordinary opportunity to minister in shrines, sanctuaries and traditional sites of pilgrimage. Some of these sites attract more than a million pilgrims each year, like centers in the Philippines, Singapore, Colombia, Brazil, Canada, Materdomini and Rome, Italy. Even in countries where religious practice has decreased dramatically, shrines where Redemptorists serve still retain a strong connection with people. This form of missionary work allows Redemptorists to specially touch the lives of thousands of people, particularly through preaching and the celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Often other services are offered, such as catechetical instruction, counseling and social assistance. Redemptorists work in effective teamwork with many lay ministers in welcoming pilgrims.

 

 

Our churches are popular centers for the devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and the sacrament of reconciliation. Though the Vice-Province does not have a parish, this makes possible the focus on the devotion and confessions. 

The Perpetual Novena in Honor of

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

 

In 1866, Pope Pius IX entrusted to the Congregation the original icon of Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, commissioning Redemptorists to “make her known.” As a result, this image of Mary is the most recognizable image of the Mother of God in the world. Across the globe, hundreds of thousand of people gather for the weekly novena in honor of our Mother Perpetual Help in a Redemptorist church or diocesan parish. The Redemptorists value this devotion as a great opportunity to fulfill their mission of evangelization.