The image of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is based on a series of heavenly apparitions of the Virgin, witnessed by a novice of the Daughters of Charity in a chapel at Rue de Bac, Paris. On 27 November 1930, St. Catherine Laboure beheld a vision of our Lady standing on a globe with rays of light emanating from her outstretched hands. Framing her in an oval are the words “ O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”. St. Catherine was instructed by our Lady to have a medal struck in the likeness of her vision, and shortly after, accounts of healings, conversions, prosperity and other miracles were reported. Thus began the propagation of devotion to our Lady of Miraculous Medal.
The Vincentian Fathers and the Daughters of Charity arrived in the Philippines in 1860 and efforts were immediately started to promote the devotion. It was at La Concordia College that the first association dedicated to the Miraculous Medal was formed.
The Paulist fathers erected a church in which the image of the ‘Milagrosa”—brought from France—was enshrined. The church was burned down during the War, along with the image. A new image was commissioned by the religious order from the famed santero, Maximo Vicente. This image, which is said to be more beautiful than the old one, is now venerated at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in San Marcelino, Ermita, Manila, where daily novenas are said. Her feastday is November 27.