Grotto of Catbalogan now


Today marks the 61st anniversary of the inauguration of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Catbalogan – the project initiated by the La Asocacion de Virgen de Lourdes.

It was under the leadership of Mrs. Angeles Esguerra Figueroa, the president of La Asocacion de la Virgen de Lourdes in 1958 when the grotto was inaugurated.

The celebration was presided by then Bishop Manuel P. Del Rosario, D.D. the Auxilliary Bishop of Calbayog and was highlighted by a noon-day Mass, the exact time when the Virgin Mary appeared in Massabielle (now the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes), France. 

A Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was also held and many sick people were brought in wheelchairs who received the communion one-by-one from the parish priest, Msgr. Maximiano T. Cruz.

The message of Our Lady of Lourdes is a call to personal conversion, prayer and charity; and today, the grotto stands as a symbol of the Marian spirituality of Catbalogan.

(Photo by Rommel Rutor; Texts by Manuelito Sultan Uy)

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