In the name of God. Amen
I, Socrates Buenaventura Villegas, by the grace of God and favor of the Holy See Metropolitan Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan, keeping in mind the spiritual welfare of the People of God entrusted to my shepherding; having consulted the priests and the members of Christ’s faithful on the most important pastoral concerns affecting the Christian community within this ecclesiastical circumscription; having prayed and sought the intercession of the Mother of God under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag and pleading prostrate for Divine guidance, do hereby decree that a SYNOD for the Metropolitan ARCHDIOCESE OF LINGAYEN DAGUPAN be convoked from the second day until the ninth day of September in the year of the Lord two thousand and seventeen at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Dagupan City in the Province of Pangasinan, according the provisions of the Code of Canon Law specifically canons 460-468.
Furthermore, by virtue of the powers vested in me by ecclesiastical laws I do hereby decree that the main theme of the Synod shall be “COMMUNIO as GIFT and MISSION” divided into five specific agenda namely Communio for Social Engagement, Communio for Faith Formation, Communio for Divine Worship, Communio in Ministry and Apostolate and Communio with the Poor.
We admonish the People of God in the Metropolitan See of Lingayen Dagupan to pray and offer sacrifices that the Synod may be guided and blessed by the Lord the cornerstone of the Church (Eph2:20) and be fittingly brought to its successful completion and fruition. With firm devotion, we entrust the preparatory work and celebration of the Synod to the intercession of Saint Francis of Assisi whom God called to “rebuild His Church”.
Given at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, this twentieth day of November in the year of the Lord two thousand and sixteen, the Solemnity of Christ the King
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan