The purpose of the upcoming encounter, which includes Latin America and the Caribbean, is to prepare for the 150th Jubilee-year celebration of devotion to Our Lady under the title of Mother of Perpetual Help.
The Redemptorist Missionaries invoked an extraordinary celebration on the occasion 150 years of public devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, beginning this year of 2015 and terminating in 2017. Pope Pius IX in 1866 gave this icon to the Redemptorist Missionaries with the mandate: “Make her known throughout the world.” And they surely did! In 150 years the devotion has spread to all continents of the world.
In some regions this veneration stands out, becoming a point of reference for the Catholic Church in the region. This is the case in the city of Manila, Philippines, where more than 100,000 people attend the weekly Novenas; Singapore, where public attendance is growing, and Curitiba, where over 40 000 devotees every Wednesday head for the Shrine to pray the Novena. In Brazil the Novenas are also well attended in Campo Grande, Belem, Manaus, Terezina, Goiânia, Araraquara, among other Redemptorist’s Churches. The Novena continues with a traditional participation in the churches ministered by Redemptorists Missionaries in Toronto, Boston, Brooklyn, Dublin, Salta in Argentina and many other places.
Between the 18th and 21st of August, Redemptorists will gather in Curitiba to study, share and prepare for celebrations to commemorate the Jubilee, especially in Latin countries of this hemisphere.
There are two proposals for the occasion:
1. Prepare activities in all Latin American countries in order to celebrate as fully as possible the 150th Jubilee.
2. Strengthen devotion and expand it throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Participants will include the Superior General of the Redemptorist Congregation, Fr. Michael Brehl, also Fr. Enrique López, Fr. Juvy Andrade and Fr. Manuel Rodriguez and more than 30 Redemptorists coming from all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Joaquim Parron, CSsR
Ana Paula R. Ferreira