Blessed Pedro Calungsod, who will soon be canonized and become the second Filipino saint, could be the patron saint of overseas Filipino workers, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said Wednesday.
CBCP Assistant Secretary General Fr. Marvin Mejia said Calungsod can be the patron saint of OFWs for he worked under the Jesuit missionaries in Guam to catechize the natives there in the 1660s.
He could also be the patron saint of the Filipino youth since he died at the age of 17 or the patron saint of lay missionaries, Mejia said in a statement.
“I am sure that Pedro Calungsod could be a model to every Filipino for more important things in life as he had offered his life for us and for the faith,” the priest said, adding that the young Filipino martyr will be declared a patron saint during his canonization on October 21.
Mejia said that after Calungsod’s canonization in Rome, there will be a nationwide celebration and a thanksgiving mass on November 20.
He also confirmed that the celebration will coincide with the commencement of “Duaw Nusud” or the national visit of the image of St. Pedro Calungsod which aims to introduce the saint to the Filipino people and to promote devotion for him.
“We will be bringing the image from north to south of the country. But first, after the arrival of the image from Rome, there will be a grand reception here in Manila. It will be flown to Vigan for a motorcade down South, crossing Matnog in Northern Samar and passing by Leyte going to Northern Mindanao. It will also pass by Negros, Capiz, Iloilo, Tagbilaran and Cebu,” the CBCP official said.
Mejia added that a delegation composed of different groups from Manila, Cebu and Rome has already been organized for Calungsod’s canonization.
CBCP president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, together with Cebu-Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle and other Filipino bishops, will also attend the canonization, he said.