The coming of the Redemptorists to the
Philippines is significant in Redemptorists history. It started with
the foundation at Opon in 1906, the first for the Redemptorists in Asia.
From the moment of their arrival in the Philippines, and through
their missions and retreats, the Redemptorists introduced devotion to
Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In 1913, they settled in the Manila parish
of Malate where they erected a small but popular shrine in honour of Our
Lady of Perpetual Help. The Redemptorists transferred to Baclaran in
Today, the Baclaran phenomenon is legendary. Every Wednesday, an
estimated 100,000 come to the Redemptorist church in Baclaran to pray
the Perpetual Novena, and on the first Wednesday of the month, that
number expands to 120,000 people.
The Redemptorist mission in the Philippines continues to flourish. The community is a mixture of young and old coming from different regions and cultures of the country. By means of missions, retreats, parish ministry, ecumenical apostolates, the ministry of reconciliation and the teaching of Moral Theology, they proclaim the love of God.