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Decree opening the Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary



The fiftieth anniversary of the elevation of the See of Lingayen Dagupan to the rank of a Metropolitan Archdiocese on February 16, 1963 gives us a blessed opportunity to thank the Lord for the gift of the Christian faith in Pangasinan first planted in our soil in 1571 by the Augustinian friars. Since the establishment of the first Dominican mission in Binalatongan in 1587 which stands until now, to the creation of the Diocese of Lingayen in 1928, the grace of God has been overflowing in Pangasinan.

With the opening of the Mary Help of Christians Minor Seminary in 1929 and the establishment of the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary in 1985, the vineyard of the Lord continues to enjoy a rich harvest of dedicated and pious ministers at the service of this particular Church. In order to foster more priestly vocations so that the needs of the ordained ministry may be met for generations to come (CIC Canon 233) and in response to the collective prayerful discernment of the clergy and the people of God that a theology seminary be opened within our archdiocese, by virtue of the authority granted in me by the Code of Canon Law, we hereby decree the opening of the

Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary

in Barangay Palapad

in the municipality of San Fabian

in the province of Pangasinan.


The theology seminary shall have a Charter of Priestly Formation in the spirit of the Updated Philippine Program for Priestly Formation of 2006.

Our vision in priestly formation is primarily depth in spirituality with Christ-like zeal in pastoral ministry, rooted in academic excellence within a communion of love in priestly brotherhood and incarnated in our Pangasinan history and culture.

With the prayers of the Blessed Mother of God whom we lovingly invoke as Mary Help of Christians, we invoke the blessings of Jesus the Good Shepherd upon this theology seminary.

Given this twenty fourth day of May in the year of the Lord two thousand and thirteen, Feast of Mary Help of Christians, and the first year of Pope Francis as Supreme Pontiff


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Attested by:

Monsignor Rafael Magno                              Monsignor Oliver E. Mendoza

Vicar General and Chancellor                       Founding Rector


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