On behalf of Bishop Roberto Mallari, DD from the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, Fr. Manuel R. Guico will conduct the Mission Appeals at our parish on the weekend of July 28-29, 2018.
The Diocese of San Jose (created and established on February 16, 1984) is located approximately 160-km north of Manila. Total population is around 789,107 whose inhabitants speak two dialects — Tagalog and Ilokano. It is mostly an agricultural community with poor tenant-farmers producing rice, corn, onions, fruits and vegetables. Annually typhoons devastate the rice crops of many poor farmers. There are also indigenous communities (tribal native groups) scattered in far flung mountains and villages. 80% are Roman Catholics served by 44 diocesan & religious priests in 21 parishes & 9 parochial schools. Presently there are 4 retired priests (3 priests reside at “Bahay Pari”/retirement home) and 2 priests with severe medical issues. We also have 19 seminarians studying & preparing for the priesthood. Around 24 sisters from 7 different religious congregations serve in diverse ministries and apostolates.
The Diocese humbly asks for and relies on your generosity in order to support and sustain their pastoral programs and outreach activities.