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Circular 2016-22: Instituting a Ministry of Mercy

August 20, 2016

Circular 2016-22

Re: Instituting a Ministry of Mercy

Dear brothers in the priestly ministry:

In obedient observance of the mandate of the Holy Father that dioceses institute programs to carry on the message of the mercy beyond this current jubilee year, we shall institutionalize a MINISTRY OF MERCY in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan whose main thrust will be threefold, namely:

1.   To promote an ongoing catechetical instructions (Basic Orientation Seminar on Mercy) among all sectors of the Church and society on the value of mercy in Christian life;

2.   To initiate concrete sustainable programs in parishes and basic ecclesial communities with regard to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy;

3.   To promote the devotion to the Divine Mercy in preparation for the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy due to be held in the Philippines this January 2017.

The Ministry of Mercy will be under the direction of the parish priest or school director on that level and will fall under the umbrella of the ONLA, our archdiocesan council of the laity.

Kindly send three interested leaders from the parish or school who are not yet involved in any parish ministry or linked to a church organization to our orientation meeting on SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 AT 2:00 pm at the Guerrero Hall in the Chancery.

Although ONLA has its own spiritual director, the Ministry of Mercy will have its particular spiritual director, Father Christian Joy Bataoil, who will insure that the programs of the Ministry of Mercy as envisioned in Misericordiae Vultus will be carried out faithfully.

Kindly discern and choose well the three lay leaders that you will send to the orientation seminar. The life of the Ministry of Mercy will depend greatly on the fervor of the pioneer ministers.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

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