Saint Lorenzo Ruiz statue finds ‘home’ at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York

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The sainthood of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz in 1987 was not only a historical breakthrough in Catholic history. It was likewise a significant mark in the Philippine Catholic landscape, being the first Filipino saint.  “In 1987 we were given a first Filipino Saint so it’s something that Filipinos would be rejoicing…

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The statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz—a replica of the original donated by the late businessman-philanthropist Antonio L. Cabangon Chua —greets visitors at the lobby of the Dominga Building, named after the mother of the late ambassador to Laos, located at the corner of Chino Roces and Dela Rosa in Makati City. The original statue donated by “ALC,” as he is fondly called, will be permanently enthroned at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in October.

Diaz wrote in the book: “I knew deep in my being that it would be just a matter of time and San Lorenzo Ruiz would have a church for ‘home.’” Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is set to mark another “first” in history—his permanent enshrinement at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. In an interview, Diaz attributed significant gratitude to two people: Cardinal Jaime Sin and the late Filipino businessman Antonio L. Cabangon-Chua.

Retelling the experience, he wrote, “Then, there were moments when I was confronted with the realization that I could be stranded on the way or experience a car breakdown.” Nonetheless, they earned the courage to take a picture of the statue and sent it to the cathedral, with the hopes that the statue would now find its home.

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