紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Pedro Calungsod
Saint Pedro Calungsod (July 21, 1654 – April 2, 1672), also known as Peter Calungsod or Pedro Calonsor, is a Roman Catholic young Filipino Saint and was a migrant, sacristan and missionary catechist, who along with the Spanish Jesuit missionary, Diego Luis de San Vitores, suffered religious persecution and martyrdom in Guam for their missionary work in 1672.
While in Guam, Calungsod preached Christianity to the Chamorro people through catechism, while baptizing infants, children and adults at the risk and expense of being persecuted and eventually murdered. Through Calungsod and San Vitores’ missionary efforts, many native Chamorros converted to Christ.
Calungsod was formally beatified on March 5, 2000 by Pope John Paul II. Calungsod was officially canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012.
Calungsod is the patron saint of Filipino youth and a prime example of a catechist who was willing to risk it all to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the world.
Almighty and ever-living God, you are glorified in your saints. Graciously hear the prayers we offer through the intercession of your holy martyr Saint Pedro Calungsod.
Guide and protect your pilgrim Church on earth. Grant your peace to our nation and to the whole world. Fill all our families with your grace. Preserve us in love and unity. Bless and guide our young people so that they will not be led astray. Help them to grow in faith, hope and charity. Convert those whose hearts are far from you. Comfort the sick and the lonely. Protect the poor and the oppressed. Welcome into your Kingdom our departed brothers and sisters.
We thank you for the graces you have granted us through the intercession of Saint Pedro Calungsod. We hope that after our mortal bodies will have slept in death you will raise us up to new life on the last day as your saints and join Saint Pedro in praising your Name forever in heaven. Amen.