SANTISIMO ROSARIO PARISH CHURCH By: Jo Erika Torreda DYNAREL – FFD2
The Santisimo Rosario Parish is locatedat the heart of the 21.5 hectare lot ofThe Royal & Pontifical University ofSanto Tomas. It is the only one in thePhilippines to have been visited by twopopes for three times: once by PopePaul VI on November 28, 1970, andtwice by Pope John Paul II on February18, 1981 and January 13, 1995.
Manila Archbishop MichaelO’Doherty canonically inauguratedthe UST Chapel into the SantisimoRosario Church on April 26, 1942during the height of the SecondWorld War.
During the Japanese Occupationof Manila, the Chapel of theUniversity of Santo Tomas wasdesignated as a Parish Churchand has remained such to thisday.
However, on campus, it is stillidentified as the UST Chapeland serves as a spiritualhaven for the Thomasiancommunity. It is also thevenue for EucharisticCelebrations, recollections &other religious activities.
The Santisimo Rosario Parish Churchwas the temporary home of OurLady of Naval when its originalsanctuary in Intramuros wasbombed by the Japanese. The Virginstayed at the chapel for 12 yearsbefore it was brought back to theSto. Domingo Church in Quezon Citythrough a solemn procession.
The Santisima Rosario Churchholds the annual novena for theLa Naval Festival, as well as alively classical song and danceshow or Heritage ChristmasConcert in December.
The Santisimo Parish Church isactually quiet huge for achapel, but too small to be afull pledged cathedral orbasilica. It’s somehow crossbetween the two, large butjust enough not to take awayits intimate atmosphere.
The Church is a grand edifice ofstone that is in the middle of theuniversity’s lush greenery andbeautiful parks. Unpainted andgray, bleached by the elements,the rugged stonewalls haveacquired a character of its own.