Vision

To be a "home" of spiritual communion and celebration with God, self, family and the society.

Mission

To evangelize the people of Makati and other communities and their families through meaningful and sustained celebration of the Sacraments, preaching and proclamation of the Word, committed and creative ministries, solid formation of the Catholic faith, prayer and healing experiences, and the pursuit of social justice and outreach services.

History

Vision

A chapel for “the busy office employees and working people, right in the heart of Makati’s Business District ” . . . This was the vision of the late Fanny del Rosario Diploma, then Dean of the Institute of Social Work and founder of Centro Hispanico (now Languages International) after drawing inspiration from New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral during a visit in 1977 with her husband, Atty. Nordy Diploma.

Returning to Manila, the couple presented their plans to Fr. Edgar Saginsin who in turn, facilitated a meeting between the Diplomas and then Archbishop of Manila, the late Jaime Cardinal Sin. With his blessings, the Cardinal endorsed the proposal to the MBD landowners, the Ayala Group, who without a second thought, granted use of the lagoon area for the new Chapel’s site.

Building

The structure was designed by Architect Willie Fernandez, and then enhanced by Jess Dizon, who rendered the circular pattern of the building. Noted glass sculptor, Ramon Orlina, fabricated the ceiling, tabernacle, altar, and the cross at the entrance, the sacristy, and the God the Father image on the dome.

Originally scheduled for July 15 1983, the Chapel’s inauguration had to be postponed because of a typhoon. Finally on July 28, 1983, His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin celebrated the first Mass at Sto. Niño de Paz Community - Greenbelt Chapel. Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Atty. and Mrs. Diploma, and numerous benefactors and guests graced the festivities.

Chaplains

The Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) were the first chaplains: the late Fr. Godfrey Roozen, Fr. Ely Santos, and Fr. Ruben Fernandez.

They were succeeded by two monsignors: Msgr. Jose Bernardo, Jr. and Msgr. Jaime Mora. Fr. James Ferry, MM, the Director of the Maryknoll Fathers’ House, assisted Msgr. Mora with the 6:00 p.m. Sunday Masses.

In 1991, Fr. Jose Mario Maximiano took over and was succeeded later that year by Fr. Anton CT Pascual.

It was during this time, when the Chapel first welcomed volunteers to help in pursuing its mission. Liturgical, para-liturgical programs and different ministries were organized. The Emmanuel Catholic Charismatic Community (ECCC) was formed on May 16, 1993 and in 1995, the Love-A-Parish Program (LAPP) was launched to aid hard-up parishes with monthly grants.

In 2000, the Jubilee year, Msgr. (now Bishop) Mylo Hubert Vergara became chaplain for seven months. Despite his short stint, he left an invaluable contribution to the Chapel. He personally oversaw (from the draft to final version) the completion of the Chapel’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the blueprint for its pastoral and administrative growth. In April 11, 2001, the agreement was signed by His Eminence Cardinal Sin, for the Archdiocese and Atty. Nordy Diploma, on behalf of the founders and witnessed by Msgr. Vergara and Fr. Prex Fajardo.

On April 15, 2001, Fr. Pericles “Prex” F. Fajardo became chaplain. Recognizing that many employees could attend Mass only after work, he initiated the 7:00 p.m. weekday Mass. And for nearby residents who wanted to worship early, he added the 7:15 a.m. Sunday Mass. He also secured the approval of Cardinal Sin and the Board of Trustees to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the day, seven days a week.

On January 16, 2005, His Excellency Gaudencio B. Rosales, Archbishop of Manila, appointed Fr. Rufino “Jun” C. Sescon, Jr. as Chaplain. Fr. Jun was Cardinal Sin’s private secretary since 1998. He is the director of the Commission on Greeters and Collectors of the Ministry of Liturgical Affairs, Archdiocese of Manila. Concurrently, he is Spiritual Director of the Villa San Miguel Chapel.

Pastoral Council and Ministries

The chaplain is assisted by the Pastoral Council, composed of the administration, the coordinators and assistant coordinators of the Worship, Education and Healing Ministries and the ECCC representative. Eleven regular staff and over 300 volunteer servant leaders forming the three ministries complete his team.

Love-a-Parish Program

By 2008, LAPP beneficiaries have reached 406 parishes in 79 dioceses nationwide. Among its institutional beneficiaries are Caritas Manila, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, the Poor Clares and the Carmelite Sisters of Bacolod. Generous benefactors and the faithful continue to donate tithes and love offerings to sustain the Chapel’s centerpiece outreach program.

Twenty Five Years

For the past twenty five years, The Lord has been so gracious to the Sto. Niño de Paz Community. Through fruitful and thorny times, He has sustained the people who have labored for the Chapel and His faithful, among them . . . “the busy office employees and working people of Makati” who now have their “home of spiritual communion and celebration with God, self, family, and the society” in this oasis of tranquility and spiritual sustenance, fondly known as the Greenbelt Chapel.