Thursday, April 5, 2012

Relic of St. Clare of Assisi in PH

In celebration of Holy Week, I would like to share this info especially to those who are making rounds around the metro or provinces to visit churches. It was shared by  a member in a N@W yahoogroup.

Like the other members in the group, I'm interested to visit the relic in Poor Clare Monastery (Quezon City) but I'm not sure if there will be buses or jeepneys available today or tomorrow. Most likely me and my husband will take a chance on Sunday. Hopefully there will be no traffic and there are PUV (Public Utility Vehicles) available on that day.


February 27 (PIA) -- The relic of St. Clare of Assisi is now in the Philippines to visit different churches and monasteries in the country. 

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the visit is part of the propagation of the devotion to the patron saint of navigators, those who want to have children, of life and of families.

The CBCP added that Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See, Mercedes A. Tuason was able to secure permission from the Federation of Poor Clares based in Foligno in Italy that owns the relic, as well as from ecclesiastical authorities of the city of Foligno and the Vatican, through the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints to let the relic of St. Clare visit the Philippines.

For the first time in 800 years, the relic of St. Clare will be on a pilgrimage outside Italy.

Father Jess Dajac, a Filipino priest based in Rome, has been appointed as official guardian of the relic while in the Philippines.

The itinerary of the venerated saint's relic is as follows:
Feb 21- Arrival in Manila - to Monasterio Order of St. Clare (OSC), Quezon City (mass then vigil)
Feb 22- Fly to Cebu in the afternoon- Metropolitan Cathedral, Mass then Vigil Overnight
Feb 23- 9:00 am Mass at Cathedral then Monastery of Consolacion (Tayud)
Feb 24- Monastery of Consolacion (Tayud)
Feb 25 to 28- Fly to Davao/ Tagum / Kidapawan, North Cotobato
Feb 28- Fly to Manila - at Poor Clare Monastery, Quezon City (in the evening)
Feb 29- Manila Parish, Evening at Poor Clare Monastery, Quezon City
Mar 1- Lipa - San Sebastian Cathedral
Mar 2- Lipa, Poor Clare Capuchin
Mar 3- Fly to Iloilo, Mass at Cathedral upon arrival, vigil and mass before departure by Archbishop Lagdameo
Mar 4- by Ferry to Bacolod, Fly to Manila, to Franciscans, Quezon City
Mar 5 - QC Green Meadows/ Franciscans Alabang
Mar 6- to Legazpi Cathedral (by air) ­ then to the Monastery of Daraga (Diocese of Legazpi)
Mar 7- Legazpi to Sorsogon (by van) ­ then to Monastery of Sorsogon City (Diocese of Sorsogon)
Mar 8- Sorsogon / then to Franciscans in Naga
Mar 9- Naga Cathedral/ Penafrancia
Mar 10- Fly back to Manila, Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, Quezon City
Mar 11 to 15- Metro Manila / Mass Media. In the evenings at Poor Clare Monastery, Quezon City
Mar 16- Cathedral of St. Michael, Cabuyao / OSC Monastery
Mar 17- San Pablo Cathedral (Laguna)/Lumban - Missionaries of Faith
Mar 18- Lucena Cathedral /OSC Sariaya (overnight)
Mar 19- Ferry from Lucena Port (4am) to OSC Boac (overnight)
Mar 20- Ferry from Boac to Lucena to Gumaca Cathedral - (8am Ferry) PM - OSC Monastery, Lopez, Quezon (overnight)
Mar 21- back to Manila, Sanctuario San Antonio
Mar 22- Pampanga Cathedral / Betis Monastery
Mar 23- Bataan Cathedral / Bataan Monastery
Mar 24- Dagupan Cathedral / OSC Monastery Malasique, Pangasinan
Mar 25- Alaminos Cathedral / Bolinao Monastery
Mar 26- Back to Manila, passing Bulacan/ Poor Clare Monastery, Quezon City
Mar 27- San Pedro Bautista Parish (Frisco)/ Poor Clare Monastery, Quezon City
Mar 28- Metro Manila/Muntinlupa Parishes - Bilibid Prison / Alabang/ Franciscans Alabang
Mar 29- Metro Manila/QC Parishes - Franciscans of the Immaculate, Quezon City
Mar 30- Metro Manila/QC Parishes - Franciscans, Quezon City
Mar 31- April 8 Easter Sunday - Poor Clare Monastery, Quezon City
Apr 9- Nueva Viscaya Cathedral / OSC Monastery at Aritao
Apr 10- Isabela Cathedral / OSC Monastery At Guibang
Apr 11- Tuguegarao Cathedral / OSC Monastery At Iguig
Apr 12- Fly to Poor Clare Monastery Laoag
Apr 13- Fly to Manila / Poor Clare Monastery Quezon City
Apr 14- Poor Clare Monastery, Quezon City
Apr 15- Fly to Leyte Cathedral /Poor Clare Capuchin, Ormoc City. The Poor Clares Monastery Naval can go to Leyte Cathedral or Capuchins in Ormoc
Apr 16- Catarman Cathedral / OSC Monastery Catarman
Apr 17- Calbayog Cathedral / OSC Calbayog Monastery
Apr 18- Antique Cathedral/ OSC Monastery San Jose de Buenavista
Apr 19- Dumaguete Cathedral/ OSC Monastery
Apr 20- Fly to Manila / OSC Monastery Quezon City
Apr 21 to 23- Fly to Puerto Princesa Cathedral/OSC Monastery
Apr 23 to 30- Fly to Manila / Stay at OSC Monastery, Quezon City until departure

St. Clare was born from a wealthy family in Assisi, Italy on July 16, 1194. She entered the convent on March 20, 1212, leaving all the worldly inheritance that she could have received from her parents. 

St. Clare lived a pious and poor life, following the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, and died peacefully, before dawn of August 11, 1253. (CBCP/RJB/JEG-PIA-NCR)

Update: As of yesterday (April 5) the relic of St. Clare was transferred to another church/monastery/convent. It will be back in Poor Monastery of St.Clare in Quezon City from April 24-30. On that case, me and hubby will visit the relic on the 29th instead. 

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