MANILA, Philippines - A shrine dedicated to Filipino St. Pedro Calungsod will be built in a church garden in New South Wales, Australia.
Filipino devotees of St. Pedro Calungsod attended on April 12 a groundbreaking ceremony at the garden of St. Aidan's Parish in Rooty Hill, where a shrine for the Filipino saint will be built.
Fr. Renato Paras, first Filipino Chaplain in Australia and Parish Priest of St. Aidan’s from 1998 to 2011, and current Parish Priest Fr. Alan Layt blessed the site where the shrine will be built.
Fr. Paras, who is originally from Cebu, urged the members of the Filipino-Australian community to support the building of the shrine in honor of the second Filipino saint.
Filipino chaplain Fr. Ruben Elago spoke of St. Pedro’s martyrdom as an inspiration to all Christians during the mass.
Philippine Consul General in Sydney Anne Jalando-on Louis joined the Filipino-Australian devotees to St. Pedro in St. Aidan’s Parish.
She expressed hope that St. Pedro’s life and martyrdom would inspire many people, particularly the youth in the community.
She also hoped that, in the same manner that St. Pedro served as a living witness of God’s love and work in a foreign land, Filipino-Australians would also aspire to become living witnesses of their proud Filipino heritage.