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Circular 2012-4: School of Lay Leaders (Catholic Apologetics)

January 25, 2012

Feast of the  Conversion of Saint Paul

Circular 2012-4

Re: School of Lay Leaders (Catholic Apologetics)

My brother priests and lay leaders:

We are ready to open another formation series in our School of Lay Leaders (SLL). We invite all parish lay leaders, parish education ministry coordinators and religion teachers from our Catholic schools to avail of this formation program. The forthcoming series will focus on Catholic apologetics so that our Catholic laity can better appreciate the fundamentals of our faith and hopefully be equipped to defend our faith from non-Catholic proselytism.

All the sessions will be held at the  Lay Formation Center in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City always at two o’clock in the afternoon on the following dates:

February 25, March 3, April 21, May 12, May 19, May 26 and June 9.

Although the seminars will be completely free, the seminar participants are kindly requested to make voluntary contributions for the upkeep of the Lay Formation Center.

I request our parish priests and school directors to personally select new and younger lay leaders to attend the SLL. There is a need to form a new generation of lay leadership in the archdiocese. As a standing rule, please do not send lay leaders above sixty years old in age.

Thank you even now for sharing the vision of a renewed Church. Oremus pro invicem.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

First and Only Monastery in ALD Blessed by Father Soc

by Frans Vergel Manaois

At last, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan (ALD) has now its own monastery.

fathersoc.1Said to be the first and only in ALD, the Poor Clare Monastery of Saint James the Apostle located at Brgy. Nancapian, Malasiqui, Pangasinan was inaugurated on January 21, 2012 through a Eucharistic Celebration, Ribbon Cutting and Inaugural Blessing Rites. The mass and the blessing was presided over by Most. Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of  Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, with other priests as concelebrants. The cutting of the  ribbon was done by Pangasinan’s 3rd District Representative Ms. Rachel Arenas assisted by her mother, who donated the land for the monastery. This event was attended by hundreds of faithful including clergy, nuns, benefactors, and lay people from the different parishes of ALD, and guests from the province of Bataan, where Villegas was previously assigned as bishop.

The said monastery was inaugurated to serve as the house of religious contemplative nuns who will pray for the sanctification of priests and to offer their hidden sacrifices to sustain the best place to buy Nexium in mexico skelaxin cost comparison drugs discount metoclopramide lexapro over the counter equivalent buy cephalexin online church mission for the world.

“This monastery is the powerhouse of (our active ministry in) the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan,” Villegas said in his homily.poor clares.1

The lone monastery was constructed due to the dire need foreseen by Villegas of the presence of a monastery of contemplative nuns, which had been absent until the said inauguration, in the archdiocese. Upon his appointment as ALD’s archbishop on November 2009, the erection of a religious contemplative monastery in the archdiocese is “one of the very first concerns I attended to,” he said in his circular letter.

The blessing also became an opportunity for the people present to see the interior of the monastery which was “built by the concerted effort of the Catholic faithful Cheap viagra professional . Buy medicines such as Viagra, Cialis and levitra online and without prescription. Buy Cheap Viagra or Cialis Online WithoutВ  of Pangasinan,” the archbishop acknowledged.

The newly blessed monastery is located in a southern barangay of Malasiqui, Pangasinan. From the town proper, it will take a 20-minute ride using a private vehicle or a tricycle, which is the most common public transportation in the place. It (monastery) is under the jurisdiction of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (OMPHP) of Canan Norte, Malasiqui, Pangasinan and currently under the pastoral care of Rev. Fr. Democrito Umagtam, OMPHP’s best essay writing market Parish Priest.

Daily mass is said in the monastery by which everyone can participate. #

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Frans Vergel Manaois, 16, is the current Parish Youth Leader of OMPHP and the News Editor of Chimes, the Official Publication of the Malasiqui Catholic School. Pictures, courtesy of Father Manuel delos Santos.

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