During the beautiful and colorful ceremony closing the Jubilee of Mercy in the Archdiocese on 19 Nov 2016 at the Cathedral of Christ the King, the Archbishop in responding to the request of Pope Francis declared the Marian Shrine as a lasting memorial or monument of mercy. Here is the text of declaration:
‘How beautiful it would be to have as a reminder/a memorial … in every Diocese during this Year of Mercy, an institutional expression of Mercy e.g. a Hospital… It would be very good for each Diocese to consider: What can we leave as a living memory, as a work of living mercy, as a wound of the living Jesus Christ for this Year of Mercy? Let us reflect on this and speak to our Bishops about it.’ Words of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the Prayer Vigil on the occasion of the Jubilee of Divine Mercy, on Saturday 2 April 2016.
After much thought and prayer about this desire and request of The Holy Father: we have decided and declare that the Archdiocesan Marian Shrine will be our permanent living memory to God’s Mercy.
Our Archdiocesan Marian Shrine will be committed to:
- Corporal Acts of Mercy
- Promote and develop Marian Devotion
- Prayer and Spirituality
This Shrine will be called Our Lady Mother of Mercy
The Archdiocesan Marian Shrine now needs to be developed; we need and are counting on the generous support of all Catholics of the Archdiocese.
May Our Merciful Lord and Our Lady Mother of Mercy bring this Archdiocesan project to a happy conclusion.