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On St. Therese’s Pilgrim Relics Re-visit to Zambo

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Well, it’s good to be in La Bella Hermosa once again, after a week-long further learning about Sulu:  a province that remains rich in culture, history, and natural resources, a lot of which are just waiting to be explored and experienced.  I’ll soon take on a series of stories about Lupah S’ug.

Last weekend I got a call from a peace advocate, Baby Valmonte, a dear mother to me as well. She happily shared with me the good news about the ongoing third visit to the Philippines of the pilgrim relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus.  Her re-visit to Zamboanga City as an Archdiocese is specifically set on March 13 to 16.

The relics are in Luzon area as of this period, particularly in San Fernando, La Union until yesterday, in Lingayen, Dagupan today until the 16th, before they shall be brought to Urdaneta on the 16th to 18th, then Nueva Ecija till the 19th, and so forth.   By February 24, they shall be with the Archdiocese of Cebu where they will remain till the first of March before it moves on around Visayas regions.

The relics’ visit to Mindanao shall kick off in Zamboanga, before heading for Cagayan de Oro City on March 20 to 23, Kidapawan City, Malaybalay City at the Monastery of Transfiguration, and Mati City. Thereafter, the relics shall return to Pasay City where they first were brought during this third country visit on December 15 last year, before finally going home to the Basilica of St. Therese in Lisieux, France.

St. Therese of Lisieux in France was a Carmelite nun in her lifetime. Many devout Catholics seek her intercession in prayers that deal with personal struggles as her life story is rich in experiences on tests of faith in times of brokenness, pain, and insecurities.

Back in Sydney, I met some strong believers of St. Therese at St. Peters Julian Church, some blocks away from St. Mary’s Cathedral.  One Australian actually told me St. Therese’s story, and she said this with passion that I could not also cut her off to say, “Mate, I know her story.  My children are her protégés.”

Well, I won’t be around when the pilgrim relics arrive in Zamboanga, probably at the Carmelite Monastery along  R. T. Lim Boulevard, but I sure gave my word to Mommy Baby and the good Carmelite nuns that I will help spread the word about the coming of St. Therese’s relics. After all, little would everyone know that the Carmelite Convent is one of my special places, and the late Mother Julie’s memory will always be etched in my life forever.

If you want to be involved in the visit, please inquire from the Convent of the Nuns of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or send an email to relics3rdvisit@therese.ph.  (La Chica Viajera, for Zamboanga Today)

By Frencie L. Carreon




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