The Parish of Santa Cruz in Maribojoc, Bohol celebrated the feast of its co-patron, San Vicente Ferrer on Monday, May 5, 2014 beside the ruins of their parish church, which was flattened to the ground by the strong earthquake that hit Bohol on Oct. 15, 2013. Santa Cruz Parish was declared in 2005 as the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer.
Tagbilaran Bishop Most Reverend Leonardo Medroso, D.D. led the celebration, assisted by their parish Priest, Father Warren Abarquez, in the presence of other local clergy, government officials, parish volunteers, community members, and guests.
We have seen the extent of damage that the parish church and convent have sustained, and they are heart-rending. But the faith and hope of the local community were unfazed. They came in droves and packed their ‘temporary church’ erected beside the ruins, and their lively participation in the Pontifical Mass only proved that their church may have fallen, but not their spirit.
Bahay ng Diyos Foundation Inc. was there to witness this lively manifestation of faith amidst destruction, and with Bishop Medroso’s mandate, the Foundation will help the parish community of Maribojoc in building a more sturdy ‘alternate church’ to be designed by world-renwned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, hopefully to commence soon.
Here are photos taken last May 5, 2014 during their Patronal fiesta:
And here are photos of the ruins and the damage sustained by the parish convent: