By Christina Hermoso
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead a concelebrated feast mass at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish in Magallanes Village, Makati City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Saint Alphonsus (San Alfonso) Maria de Liguori, a Doctor of the Church and founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, also known as the Redemptorists.
Masses will also be held at 6:30 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m. Novena masses were held at the church from July 23 to July 31.
Venerated in many parts of the world as the patron of confessors and moralists, St. Alphonsus remains as one of the most popular Italian saints to this day. Considered as the most widely read Catholic author, he wrote several books, sermons, and religious texts to help encourage and promote devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Born in 1696, he was ordained priest in 1726 and was appointed bishop of St. Agatha in 1756. He founded the Redemptorists in 1732. St. Alphonsus died in 1787. Because of his immense contribution to the Church, he was declared a Doctor of the Universal Church.