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Circular 2016-21: Formation Seminars on the Pastoral Care of Drug Users

August 3, 2016

Circular 2016-21

RE: Formation Seminars on the Pastoral Care of Drug Users

My dear brother priests:

The recent increase of vigilante killings related to the drug abuse problem brings us disconcerting pastoral grief and calls for concerted pastoral action.  There must be a Gospel inspired alternative to killing drug pushers and users. While we vehemently protest the increase of summary killings, we must get our pastoral act together to minister to those in need of mercy and pastoral compassion as they dream of better lives after recovering from drug abuse.

On August 12, Friday, from 8:00 am to 4pm at the Lay Formation Center in Bonuan Gueset, there will be a whole day seminar workshop on family ministry in caring for drug abusers. This is open to ALL PRIESTS and selected catechists who are working for the beneficiaries of the 4P’s program. Due to the limitations of the guest facilitators, we can only accommodate a total of 200 seminar participants. IT IS NECESSARY TO STAY FOR THE WHOLE DAY SEMINAR due to the process nature of the workshop. Please be at the registration desk by 7:30 am on August 12 because the seminar needs to begin promptly. There are no fees to pay.

We will open a ten session training workshop for FACILITATORS for Narcotics Anonymous that we plan to open in selected parishes in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan. We need Narcotics Anonymous Ministers who are process oriented with a genuine caring attitude for people with sufficient communication skills and have some basic counselling skills.

Please diligently look for volunteers in the community who can meet the requirements. We need twenty facilitators for the first batch of training. Please submit these data to the Chancery email

Full name and address/ Mobile phone number/ Birthday and Age/ Gender/ Educational Attainment/ Current Profession/

The deadline for the submission of data is August 12, 2016. I plead with you to do the search diligently. This is certainly open to all priests provided they finish the full training. The seminar training will start by the third week of August with sessions from 9:00 am to 6:00pm twice a week. There are no fees to pay. THIS IS AN URGENT PASTORAL CONCERN. We cannot let people die and get killed.

Let us unite against drugs but let us offer an alternative to killing criminals. Our message is hope for the sinner not death. Our weapon is love not vengeance. The blood of the Lord is enough; the killings must stop. Let us offer hope.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan


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