UST Chapel celebrates 75!

UST Chapel celebrates 75!

Santisimo Rosario Parish is a parish church located within the campus of the Pontifical & Royal University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc District of the city of Manila. It belongs to the Vicariate of Our Lady of Loreto and is under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. The church is also known as the "UST Chapel," and the parish is run by the Dominican priests and brothers of the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Brief History

Santisimo Rosario Parish was established on March 21, 1942 by a decree issued by Msgr. Michael O' Doherty, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Manila. It became one of the earliest parishes situated within a University, making it unique from the other parishes in the country. The Chapel of the University of Santo Tomas in which the spiritual, moral, pastoral needs of the university people are cared for, and where religious and academic functions are held, also became the same church where parishioners go for their sacramental needs like weddings, baptisms, funerals, confessions, masses and others. It is placed under the care of the religious community of the Dominican Order. On April 26, 1942, the parish was canonically inaugurated with a pontifical high mass celebrated by Msgr. O' Doherty.

On September 28, 1942, the image of the "La Naval de Manila" was trasferred from Santo Domingo Church, Intramuros to UST and installed in the Parish Church of Santisimo Rosario to save it from heavy bombings in Intramuros. That year, the novena to Our Lady of La Naval was held for the first time in the Parish Church. The Novena became a tradition and henceforth, the Parish Fiesta being celebrated every 7th day of October.

After twelve years of stay at the Parish Church, the image of "La Naval de Manila" was transferred to Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City on October 10, 1954. It was then that the original parish image was restored to its former place at the main altar. The same image is now enthroned at the left side of the altar above the tabernacle.

To give way to the celebration of the feast of "La Naval de Manila" in Santo Domingo Church every second Sunday of October, the feast of the Santisimo Rosario was changed to the first Sunday of October.

In its sixty nine years of existence, & with a parish population of 55,850, the parish was privileged to have had several amazing and dedicated Dominican friars as parish priests. Its current parish priest is Rev. Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P., and the president of the Parish Pastoral Council is YTP formator Dr. Belén L. Tangco, O.P.


(27 February 2017)