“Make her known throughout the world”, with this exhortation Pope Pius IX entrusted to the then Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists, Fr. Nicholas Mauron (1888 – 1893), the miraculous icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and also to return the icon for public veneration. The decree was signed by the pope on 11 December 1865 to place it in the Church of Saint Alphonsus on Via Merulana in Rome.
150 years later, on 27 June 2015, on the occasion of the liturgical feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, the Superior General of the Redemptorists, Fr. Michael Brehl officially inaugurated the Jubilee Year dedicated to the sacred icon which would close on 27 June 2016. In the letter establishing the Jubilee, Fr. Michael Brehl emphasized how the mandate to make known the icon of Mary has accompanied the missionary vocation of the Redemptorists, who are at the service of the most abandoned and especially the poor. She sometimes even preceded us with grace and tenderness: “More than carrying this icon of Mary to the world, Mary has carried us in her tender embrace of perpetual help.”
The specially prepared icons that were blessed by Pope Francis, were commissioned to visit the different Units in the Conferences. Currently, these icons are making their way to the different communities across the world.
In Mexico, the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help among the people now as per the following dates:
February 4 – Church de la Santísima, Puebla.
February 11 – Parroquia de Juquila, Veracruz.
February 17 – la Capilla del Perpetuo Socorro and Rectoría de la Divina Providencia, Xalapa, Veracruz.
February 18 – Church del Santísimo Redentor, Guadalajara.
February 25 – Church de Santa Anita, Irapuato.
March 4 – Church del Perpetuo Socorro, San Luis Potosi
March 11 – Church de Dolores and Perpetuo Socorro, Monterrey
March 18 – Church de Fátima, Ciudad Obregón
March 25 -Church del Perpetuo Socorro, Torreón
March 29 – General House de las Misioneras del Perpetuo Socorro