San Lorenzo Ruiz

San Lorenzo Ruiz

Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He is also the first Filipino martyred for the Christian Faith. Lorenzo Ruiz was a layman, married, and had two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila, about 1600’s, he was educated in the school of the Dominicans there. He served as an altar boy and later was a helper and clerk-sacristan in the church of Binondo. He was a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary. He made his living probably as a calligrapher, one who renders documents in beautiful penmanship for private or official use. To be sure, that work denoted an accomplished and educated person, especially at a time when many an illustrious personage were far from excelling in this art. An adverse event made him leave the Philippines in 1636. When he was in his late twenties or early thirties, he became involved or was accused of being involved in a criminal case, the circumstances of which are far from clear. Whether he was involved or not, one thing was clear, he was afraid that, as a consequence of a trial or mistrial, he might be given a death sentence. Upon landing in Japan where Christians were being persecuted, he was arrested and imprisoned together with his companions. He underwent inhuman tortures and valiantly confessed his Christian Faith. Refusing to renounce his Faith, he told his executioner that he was ready to die for God and give himself for many thousands of lives if he had them. On September 27, 1637, he was hung from a gallows by his feet, his body falling into a pit. After two days of agony, he died of bleeding and suffocation. His body was cremated and the ashes thrown into the sea. He and fifteen companions, martyred in the same persecution, were beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila on February 18, 1981 and elevated to full honors of the altar by canonization on October 18, 1987 in Rome. Their feast day is on September 28th.

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Our History

The task of conversion of the Chinese in Manila was ordered by Bishop Domingo de Salazar but it failed because of lack of personnel and difficulty in learning in Mandarin, later, the task were handled by the Dominicans who arrived in 1587. Some of their first houses bulit exclusively for Chinese- the Hospital of San Gabriel (Intramuros in 1588 and in Binondo in 1598), and the Church in Baybay between Manila and Tondo in 1598, which was dedicated to Our Lady of Purification.

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Monday-Saturday: 12:15nn | 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:30am | 10:00am | 12:15nn | 5:00pm

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Sunday: 11:00am (Communal)

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