DAVAO PARISH CHURCH
In 1952, the late Bishop Clovis Thibault, PME, Bishop of Davao, requested the Vice Provincial Superior Fr. John Ryan, CsSR, to establish a foundation in what was then the Prelature of Davao. The foundation was canonically accepted by the Superior General Fr. Buys on June 21, 1952. In 1955, the first community of Redemptorists arrived in Davao which was composed of Fr. John Scanlan, Fr. Francis Burns and Later, Fr. Patrick Myers and Bro. Gerald Santamaria. They stayed with the PME Fathers until December of the same year.
In 1956, they moved to the Assumption rectory and administered the Assumption Church. In July, the community produced a two- hectare lot in Bajada. In 1958, the construction of the “temporary” church began and the community moved to their new home in Bajada. In July 1959, the conferers set out for their first mission in what is now Tagum, followed by missions in Mati (now Davao Oriental) and Malalag (Davao del Sur). In 1964, the first enclosed retreat was given in the monastery during the Holy Week.
In 1971, in response to the grave social realities of the country, the missioners decided to adapt a new thrust as a component in their missionary endeavors – the establishment of Basic Ecclesial Communities (incorporating Community Organizing). In 1972, another challenge was posed by the Bishop for the Redemptorists to accept a parish. The offer was approved and with their La cooperators, the confreres set up BECs from Bajada to Callawa. In 1980, the foundations of the new church were laid. The new parish church was blessed and consecrated the following year.
In 1975, the Redemptorist Theologate was transferred to Davao, with the students studying at the St. Francis Regional Major Seminary. In 1987, the St. Alphonsus Theologate (SAT) was set up within the compounds of the monastery; with SAT, the Redemptorist established its own theological program. Today SAT has become SATMI (St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute) that caters theological formation not only for Redemptorist Filipino students but also students coming from various countries of the Asia Oceania Region, other Religous Congregations and Lay students.