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The Religious Institute of the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross: A Historical Overview
The Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross is a religious congregation of priests and brothers founded in the Philippines by Leticia Tordesillas Albert and with Bishop Camilo D. Gregorio of the Diocese of Bacolod as Bishop-Protector.
It started in 1976 as a Catholic youth group in the public high schools of Metropolitan Manila known as the Youth Marian Crusade (YMC). This youth group had spread not only within Metro-Manila but in the nearby provinces of Rizal and Laguna and eventually in the province of Negros Occidental in the southern island group of the Visayas. The YMC went on to be acknowledged as one of the largest campus ministries in the Philippines.
It was from the core-group of the YMC that the first brothers of the congregation emerged. This core group evolved into what is now known as the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross. The group is composed of priests and brothers who pursue priestly studies while engaged in the apostolate to the youth in the public high schools and the prisoners in the National, Regional and Local Penitentiaries where there is an MMHC community.
The Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross was recognized in 1990 as a Pious Association by the Most Rev. Camilo D. Gregorio of the Diocese of Bacolod in Negros Occidental. On October 27, 1997, in rites held at the Motherhouse of the congregation in Silay City, the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross was established as a religious congregation of Diocesan Right. This Canonical Erection, presided by Bishop Gregorio upon the approval of the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes in the Vatican under the Eminent Prefect, Eduardo Cardinal Martinez Somalo, established the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross as a Filipino Religious Congregation of Diocesan Right for priests.
The MMHC is animated by a life prayer and penance in the spirit of love and joy in close imitation of the lifestyle of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our mission is to reawaken the consciences of men and to bring the youth closer to the foot of the Cross. This is actualized by catechetical and moral values formation in the public high schools and the prisons. The MMHC is also engaged in the retreat ministry for students and educators.