The very first Filipino saint canonized was Lorenzo Ruiz, a married lay Dominican and member of the Rosary Confraternity in dedication to Our Lady. St. Lorenzo Ruiz was born in the early 17th century in Binondo, Manila, Philippines. He died on September 28, 1637, as a martyr of the Faith during the persecutions in Nagasaki, Japan. St. Lorenzo Ruiz was beatified in Manila in 1981 by Pope John Paul II and canonized along with his Companion Martyrs in 1987 at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Pedro Calungsod was beatified in March 2000 by Pope John Paul II and canonized in October 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Born in about 1654 in Ginatilan, Cebu, Philippines, St. Pedro Calungsod was martured on April 2, 1692, at the young age of 17 in Tumon, Guam. He was a lay catechist who was assisting at a baptism when he was killed.
PHOTO GALLERY FEATURING OUR SPECIAL MASSES AND PARISH EVENTS
Filipino-American Ministry seeks to keep alive traditional Catholic festivities that involve both young and old that are unique to Filipino culture. In 1998 the Filipino-Americans of the Treasure Coast brought their faith-based culture and traditions to Holy Family Catholic Church. We joyfully shared the celebrations of Flores de Mayo and our first Filipino-American Thanksgiving Mass, which we have continued to celebrate every year. In January 2011 we shared another tradition that is dear to our hearts: the Feast of the Santo Niño , an event that we celebrate annually here at Holy Family. This ministry also helps welcome new Filipino-American parishioners into the Holy Family community through the Mass, usually 3:00 pm once a month in the Filipino language, Tagalog.