Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Kawit, Cavite

From 13-16 January 2015, the Ignatian Youth Camp participants celebrated the Bi-Centennial Anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. They went on a pilgrimage to Jesuit churches in the province of Cavite. They wanted to get a glimpse of the missionary activities of the Jesuits before the Suppression.

This is one of the churches they visited: The Church of Mary Magdalene, Kawit, Cavite.

Christmas interior of the Church of Mary Magdalene, Kawit, Cavite.  Photo: Fr. JBoy Gonzales SJ

Christmas interior of the Church of Mary Magdalene, Kawit, Cavite. Photo: Fr. JBoy Gonzales SJ

The Jesuits first came to Kawit in 1624. They built a wooden church in 1638 and dedicated it to the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene. With the help of six families from Silang and Maragondon, they set the cornerstone of this church in 1737. But a storm destroyed the roof in 1831.

The retablo with the saints, Church of Mary Magdalene, Kawit, Cavite. Photo: Fr. JBoy Gonzales SJ

The retablo with the saints, Church of Mary Magdalene, Kawit, Cavite. Photo: Fr. JBoy Gonzales SJ

When the Jesuits were suppressed, the church went to the wings of the secular clergy in 1768 and the Recoletos priests in 1849. This is where the first president of the Republic of the Philippines, General Emilio Aguinaldo, was baptized in 1869.

One of the images of St. Mary Magdalene, Kawit, Cavite. Devotees line up to touch her images. Photo: Fr. JBoy Gonzales SJ, December 2014

One of the images of St. Mary Magdalene, Kawit, Cavite. Devotees line up to touch her shrine. Photo: Fr. JBoy Gonzales SJ

Note to the pilgrim: While you’re in Kawit, you might as well take a short segue to the house of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. It is a short distance from this church. When you get here (see photo below), don’t miss the balcony facing the road. It is the balcony where Gen. Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898. It is also here that the Philippine flag made by Doña Marcela Marino de Agoncillo was unfurled while the band of San Francisco de Malabon played the Marcha Nacional Filipina (Philippine National Anthem) composed by Julian Felipe. Gen. Aguinaldo is also buried here.

The Balcony and house of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the 1st President of the Republic of the Philippines.

The Balcony and house of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the 1st President of the Republic of the Philippines. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

Next stop: Parish of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite. 

If you want to check out other pilgrimage sites of Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches, click the links below.

1 Santa Maria Magdalena, Kawit, Cavite

2 Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Silang, Cavite

3 San Gregorio Magno, Indang, Cavite

4 Nuestra Señora dela Asuncion, Maragondon, Cavite

3 Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s