Due to the steady influx of vocations in the Philippines, the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters remained open to spreading out wherever a good opportunity beckoned. Rather unexpectedly in June 1978, such an opportunity presented itself. A zealous priest, Fr. Anselmo Bustos, SVD suggested to the Sisters that they found an adoration convent in Davao City on the Island of Mindanao. The Sisters replied that they could only begin a new foundation at the invitation of the local bishop. To their surprise, on the following day, Father Bustos was on the phone, announcing that Archbishop Antonio Mabutas was inviting them to come for a visit to explore the possibilities. Two Sisters eagerly went to Davao in response. Though they were there only overnight, they could already “select” the suitable property, after having been taken to a number of possible sites that day. Trusting in the Lord and good St. Joseph, they had some medals placed on the property to “secure” it for the Congregation, since at that time they could not contact the owner. This property claims a breathtaking view of the sea on one side and Mt. Apo and adjacent mountains on the other. Already in December 1978, Mother Mary Aurora and her councillors traveled to Davao to attend the cornerstone laying presided over by the Archbishop.
After the hilly surface on which the building was to rise was leveled, construction proceeded rapidly. In September 1980 a few Sisters could move into one finished wing. Less than two months later, on November 20, three happy events took place: Archbishop Mabutas presided over the liturgy and the initiation of enclosure, a Sister renewed her temporary vows in the new chapel, and the League of Adorers was formally established. Then public adoration of our Eucharistic Lord began. Nine years later the Holy Spirit Lady Auxiliaries was founded. As their name indicates, these generous Ladies are ever ready to help and assist the Sisters and the groups who visit the chapel.
The Sunday Mass, novenas, recollection days and other events in the chapel draw capacity crowds. The Lord has chosen this once lonely cliff above the winding Talomo River as a special sanctuary, from which we trust that the Holy Spirit will emanate out to the entire Philippines and the whole world.
P.O. Box 80620
8000 Davao City,
Tel.: (0063) 82- 2992800
Fax: (0063) 82-2994318
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