District of Caloocan Welcomes the Our Lady
of La Leche
February 8, 2009, the members and leaders
of CFC-FFL District of Caloocan joined the
parishioners of San Roque Cathedral in welcoming
the image of the Nuestra Señora de
la Leche y Buen Parto in their parish. This
title of the Blessed Mother is directly translated
as ‘Our Lady of Milk and Good Birth’.
More commonly known as the Our Lady of La
Leche, the image was brought to the Cathedral
courtesy of the Our Lady of La Leche Movement.
It shows the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the
infant Jesus – symbolizing a mother’s
untiring commitment to safely deliver the
baby in her womb and to nourish her child
with love by feeding him or her, milk from
her own breast.
The devotion to the Our Lady of La Leche originated
in 16th Century Spain where it is believed
that Our Lady miraculously saved the life
of a dying mother and her unborn child. For
years, the devotees conservatively promoted
their religious commitment to the image, moving
from Europe to North America and eventually
reaching Catholics in Asia. On September 9,
2000, the Our Lady of La Leche Movement was
given ecclesiastical permission to promote
their devotion in the Archdiocese of Manila.
Her feast day is celebrated on the 11th of
October. She is recognized as the patroness
of all pregnant women and women (or couples)
who desire to be blessed with children.
that special Sunday, the eucharistic celebration
held in her honor was solemnized by His Excellency
Bishop Deogracias S. Iniguez, Jr., DD and
con-celebrated by Rev. Fr. Constantino D.C.
Conti. It was truly a spirit-filled occasion
as His Excellency spoke about caring for the
well-being of mothers, their children (both
living and unborn) and the call to defend
life in general, especially at this time when
so many elements of society are involved in
promoting the culture of death. At the end
of the mass, the good bishop called on mothers
and would-be mothers for a special blessing.
Afterwards, he also prayed over married women
and couples, yearning for the blessing of
Members of the Our Lady of La Leche Movement
were present, along with Sr. Pilar Versoza,
RGS, foundress of the Pro-Life Movement of
the Philippines. The CFC-FFL members of the
Diocese of Caloocan were also very well represented.