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APA Document: On the Clergy


On the Clergy

A. Rationale

In its substantive matter, Holy Orders specifically mean the “Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry” through which the mission given by Christ to his Apostles continues to be acted upon in the Church to the end of time (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1536), and rests essentially destined to render pastoral service to the Christian faithful (Vat. II, Lumen Gentium, no. 18) through priestly discipleship and Apostolate, presbyteral and eucharistic ministries (Catholic Faith Catechism, nos. 1535-1537).


By Divine institution, the ordained Priests, marked by an indelible character, are consecrated and authorized, each according to his hierarchical rank, to fulfill in the person of Christ the Head, the teaching, sanctifying and serving Offices, and to nourish the People of God committed to their care (Canon 1008, CIC).

Considering the sacredness of their clinging and the demands of their active ministry, the imperative of continuously attending to their needs as persons and effectively responding to their requirements as Priests becomes evident (PCP-II: Articles 80-101), thereby affirming the nature, the tasks and the composition of the Archdiocesan Commission on the Clergy in this Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.


As envisioned by the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, the Archdiocesan Commission on the Clergy is a collegial Lead-Servant Body to the Members of Diocesan Clergy in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan, so that its corporate advisory to the Archbishop and the latter’s consequent official option, the common good and general welfare of the Presbyterium are accordingly attended to and duly promoted ultimately for their effective administrative and pastoral ministry to the People of God in this Particular Church.


The Archdiocesan Commission on the Clergy has the following collegial tasks with the confirming collaboration of the Archbishop:

1. To draw and conduct the implementation of the regular and periodic formational agenda for the Clergy for three years, particularly iii conjunction with their Monthly Recollections, Semestral Renewals and Annual Retreats in order to refresh and revitalize their fundamental commitment as Teachers, Sanctifiers and Servant-Leaders.

2. To formulate and direct the standard and occasional activities programmed for the Clergy in the Archdiocesan and Vicariate Levels to foster their fellowship and solidarity as one Presbyterium.

3. To determine, raise and manage funds specifically intended for the health benefits, pastoral incentives and the like, for the Clergy, for whose physical and temporal welfare more specific Programs and/or P’ may be designed and pursued.


The Archdiocesan Commission on the Clergy is composed of the following constituent Members:

1. Subject to their appointment by the Archbishop, every Vicariat nominates one Candidate Member known and appreciated for I witnessing, capability and solicitude for the welfare of Priests.

2. Subject to consultation with the designated Commission Members. the Archbishop appoints at most three other Members to the Commission known and appreciated for their presbyteral and administrative attributes.

3. Subject to consultation with all the appointed Commission Members, the Archbishop calls to the regular and/or special meetings of the Commission any given number of the Lay Faithful with an expertise or competence needed in the meeting agenda.


1. Lead servants with their respective standard functions in ecclesiastical structure:


a. Chairman: Chosen by open consensus process from the constituent Members of the Commission.

b. Secretary: Endowed by open consensus process from the constituent Members of the Commission and accepted by the Chairmen.

c. Archbishop: De Officio Member.


2. Service Meetings

a. Regular Meetings. Quarterly every January, April, July and October of the year on a date, time and place duly communicated by the Secretary upon the directive of the Chairman or the Archbishop.

b. Special Meetings: Any number according to special need, on a due date and place accordingly communicated by the Secretary.

c. Quorum. Two-thirds of all the constituent Members of the Commission constitutes a quorum for official acts.


3. Service Tenure

a. Appointed Members: All the appointed Members of the Commission have a service tenure of one-year from the appointment dates.

b. Members: In the event of substitution of an appointed Member whose constituency in the Commission has ceased for whatever reason, the replacement assumes the remaining service tenure of the former.

c. The Commission as a whole ceases when the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan is officially terminated.


The constituent Members of the Commission takes the following before the Archbishop at the start of their assumption of service:

1. Oath of Fidelity to the Church Magisterium.

2. Oath of Commitment to Office.


These Statutes may be revised in part or as a whole upon recommendation in a General Presbyteral Assembly and with the approval of the Archbishop.


These Statutes takes effect upon official promulgation by the Archbishop and continues to be effective until and unless otherwise provided.


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