Sto Niño Diocesan Shrine in Butuan


Founded in 1986, the Sto Niño Diocesan Shrine in Butuan is one of the churches found in the historic city where many believed Magellan first landed. It is located in Maharlika Highway, Libertad in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte in the Philippines and widely known today as the Sto Niño Shrine and/or Sto Niño Parish.

Declared a Diocesan Shrine in 2000, the Sto. Niño Church enshrines an image of the Holy Child (Sto. Niño) that Magellan first brought to Butuan before it stayed in Cebu at the Sto Niño de Cebu. And because of the Holy Child’s influence to the Christianity in the country, many establishments today are named after it – such as Sto Niño de Paz in Makati, Sto Niño Cold Spring in Camiguin and many more.

The construction of the current church started in 1995 when His Excellency, Most Reverend Carmelo D.F. Morelos was the Bishop of Butuan. It was finished during the incumbency of the Shepherd of the Diocese, His Excellency, Most Reverend Juan de Dios Pueblos while the parish was under the pastoral care of Reverend Father Juanito Belino in 1997. Notable benefactor of the church development is Mr. Rene Sese and the lot where the Sto Niño Shrine stood today was donated by Mrs. Luz Belen Sese and heirs of the late Colonel Alfredo C. Sese and family.

Sto Nino Shrine, Butuan

Sto Nino Shrine, Butuan

The Sto Niño Church was blessed and consecrated on September 9, 1997 by His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal together with Bishop Pueblos and Father Belino. On March 8, 2000 (Ash Wednesday), the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Franco, solemnly dedicated the church into a Shrine during his pastoral visit.

The Sto Niño Diocesan Shrine is along the main road, 200m away from Libertad Public Market. It is 4-kilometers or about 15 minutes away from Butuan’s Bancasi Airport. From the Airport going to Butuan’s City Center, the Church is on the right side of the road before reaching the Sports Complex.

For more information, you can contact the office at telephone number +63 85 342-8370.

Ceiling design

Ceiling design

Ceiling of Sto. Nino Church

Ceiling of Sto. Nino Church

Chandelier

Chandelier

Church Choir

Church Choir

Landscape view of the church

Landscape view of the church

Mai and Zoilo during the wedding

Mai and Zoilo during the wedding

Main Altar of Sto Nino Shrine

Main Altar of Sto Nino Shrine

Mark and Lisa snapshot

Mark and Lisa snapshot

Parish office

Parish office

Rhea and wife Lisa inside the church

Rhea and wife Lisa inside the church

Statue of Sto Nino

Statue of Sto Nino

View of the altar

View of the altar

Wedding Ceremony of friends Zoilo and Mai

Wedding Ceremony of friends Zoilo and Mai

Zoilo and Mai near the Holy Child Statue

Zoilo and Mai near the Holy Child Statue

Mark and Lisa at Sto Nino Church, Butuan

Mark and Lisa at Sto Nino Church, Butuan


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