At the Heart of Don Bosco Canlubang
The Diocesan Shrine of Mary Help of Christians stands at the heart of the 15–hectare land that has, over the years, been the cradle of the Salesians of Don Bosco here in the Philippines.
A Historical Outline
The shrine began as a chapel made of wood in 1965 with the help of generous benefactors from USA. The chapel was for the seminary that was just established then. However, Super Typhoon Emma destroyed it on November 4, 1967. The chapel and the current shrine as we see it today was rebuilt through the nancial assistance of Fr. Aloysius Ricceri, SDB then Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, and through the generosity of friends and benefactors particularly Mr. and Mrs. Jose and Masay Yulo and Mr. C.J. Devine.
Fr. Ricceri, during his canonical visit to the Philippines blessed its foundation stone on November 8, 1968.
Five months later, on April 20, 1969, The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carmine Rocco and the First Bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo, Most Rev. Pedro Bantigue blessed the altar and dedicated the church as the Diocesan Shrine of Mary Help of Christians.
In 2005, Most Rev. Leo Drona, then Bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo, upon the request of the Salesians, conrmed that, the Chapel of Mary Help of Christians in Canlubang is indeed a Diocesan Shrine.
The Shrine Today
The Diocesan Shrine of Mary Help of Christians remains to be a Marian landmark for devotees, the place of daily prayers, liturgical and paraliturgical celebrations and services of the seminary, a place fitting for personal prayer and spiritual growth.