24th Annual Assembly of the ACSP in the Mindanao Region

Aug 26, 2016 | [post_view] Views


As one proud nation, we all know that the Philippines is considered as the 5th largest Christian community in the world and is expected to place 4th in 2050 according to the Pew Research Center report 2016. This year, as we persevere to become good disciples of Christ, the Association of Catholic Shrines and Pilgrimages of the Philippines (ACSP) held its 24th Annual Assembly in the Mindanao region last August 22-26, 2016.

The ACSP is a ministry of the CBCP – Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People that envisions to make a community committed to the pastoral care of Shrines and Pilgrimages. This year, the annual assembly was successfully concluded in the Mindanao Region. The pilgrims were joyfully welcomed as they arrived on the 22nd day of August 2016 in Laguindingan Airport. A welcome mass in St. Agustine Metropolitan Cathedral was said for the delegates presided by His Excellency Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D., the Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro.

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The pilgrims visited the following shrines:

Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy in El Salvador City

Talk I. History of ACSP
Talk II. Pilgrimages are a Form of Evangelization
Talk III. Popular Religiosity: Devotion to the Divine Mercy

Archdiocesan Shrine of the Black Nazarene

Talk IV: Shrines: House of God’s Mercy, a Wellspring for God’s Mercy for the Poor,
Suffering and the Needy
Talk VI: Why Celebrate the Jubilee of Shrine

In the afternoon, the pilgrims transferred to Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish where the 6th talk about the Meaning And Theology of Shrines by Msgr. Peter Cañonero, the ACSP Past President was given. It was then followed by the Holy Hour with Vespers and Solemn Benediction and in preparation for the Concelebrated Eucharist, an open confession was conducted for the pilgrims.

The last day of pilgrimage was held in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. The pilgrims went to the Benedictine’s Monastery of the Transfiguration where a Concelebrated Eucharist was said. After which the delegation also visited the Carmelite Monastery and concluded with dinner and socials in High Ridge Restaurant in Hillside, Macasandig. The next day, a concluding mass was celebrated in the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Black Nazarene presided by Fr. Joselin Gonda, the ACSP President. The rest of the day was lent for the extra tours in the city and buying of souvenirs.

ACSP Collage

On behalf of the community of the Mindanao Region, thank you for visiting us! We continue to pray for this ministry.