Truly, Our Lady of Lourdes is the Mother, Patroness and Protectress of the Capuchin brothers, the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Philippine Province. Aside from the different parishes dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, in Quezon City and in Tagaytay City, formation houses such as those in Lipa City (Postulancy) and in Baluan, General Santos City (Post-Novitiate II) were named after the Blessed Lady.
In honor and gratitude for her continuous guidance to the Capuchin brothers here in the Philippines, the brothers sponsored novena masses at the different fraternities and parishes named after her. At Our Lady of Lourdes, Tagaytay City the sponsored novena mass of the Capuchins was held on February 3. This was followed by the February 6 novena mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Formation House in Lipa City. The third novena mass sponsored by the brothers was held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Quezon City on February 8. During these three novena masses the Capuchin brothers were more visibly seen as some brothers trooped to these particular places during the specified dates.The masses held on February 3 and February 6 were presided by Br. Eugenio Lopez, OFMCap., Capuchin Provincial Minister. All the three masses sponsored by the Province had Capuchin priests concelebrating.
Mary is definitely the Mother that sustains the Capuchin brothers in the Philippines and leads the brothers to carry out their mission and to follow more closely her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Happy Feast Day to Our Mother, Our Lady of Lourdes!