The Laoag Clergy


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The CHRONOS: Monthly Diocesan Schedule for FEBRUARY 2009

July 26: Laoag's foundation anniversary and St. Anne Parish fiesta

Today, the Diocese of Laoag celebrates her 48th birthday. Today, too, is the launching of activities in commemoration of the diocese's golden anniversary in 2011.

Let us pray for our diocese. Let us pray for the increase of faith and the deepening of love and commitment to God and the Church.

Happy fiesta to the Piddiguenos!

Click here to read CBCP news on the launching.

July 25: Fiesta greetings!

Today is the feast of St. James the Greater.

Happy fiesta to our brothers and sisters in Solsona and Pasuquin!

Cadaratan Church: A Miracle in Progress

Cadaratan Church: A Miracle in Progress

The Dream Church of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Cadaratan, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte

The Dream Church of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Cadaratan, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte

Foundation for the church-construction project in Cadaratan, Bacarra put up!

The construction of the OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISH CHURCH started anew, September 8, the birthday of Mama Mary. Very crucial in this project is the financial consideration being tacked by the whole parish community. To address this concern, we, the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils, together with our newly-appointed parish priest, Rev. Leonardo L. Ruiz, planned to put up a FOUNDATION for the continuation and completion of the construction of the parish church.

The Foundation is chaired by our beloved Bishop, Most Rev. Sergio L. Utleg, D.D. and the members of the Board include Victor R. Bolosan, M.D., Rosalina R. Javier, Flordelina T. Cadelina, Eugenia M. Mendoza, Emilia B. Agonoy and Dante Subia, all from Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

Registration of the Foundation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is under way.

Architects and Engineer: Arch. Coleen Cajigal and Arch. Joemar Bolosan, Engr. Eduardo Cid.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED. For those who wish to send their donations directly through the bank, this is our bank: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, Batac Branch, Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. DOLLAR ACCOUNT NUMBER: 158881300038; Account Name, Most Rev. Sergio L. Utleg, D.D., Victor R. Bolosan, M.D. and Flordelina T. Cadelina. PESO CHECKING ACCOUNT: 158881300020, with the same above-mentioned account name.

The Happy Priests

The Happy Priests
The clergy during their annual retreat with Bp. Mylo Vergara of the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija as retreat master at Betania Retreat House in Baguio City, November 10-13




For financial assistance or donations in-kind, please contact the Bishop or the Curia at (077)770-5210, or Fr. Lorenzo Torreflores (Baresbes, Dingras) at 0917-5701085, Fr. Danny Devaras (Carasi) at 0920-5537806, Fr. Lester Menor (Davila, Pasuquin) at 0915-7879701, Fr. Leo Ruiz (Cadaratan, Bacarra) at (077)670-3801, and Fr. Anthony Dimagiba (Sta. Rosa, Sarrat) at (077)782-2031, Fr. Antonio Calautit, SVD (Pancian, Pagudpud) at 0918-5228902.

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Pray for your priests. They need your prayers as much as you need theirs.

Pray for your priests. They need your prayers as much as you need theirs.
The clergy of Laoag with the lone cardinal of Thailand and the bishop of Changmai

Vintar Parish History

Founded in 1774

Vintar was a visita of Bacarra in 1600 under the administration of Fr. Lazaro Ordonez, and it was established as a parish in 1774 under the patronage of San Nicolas de Tolentino. The Church of Vintar is a construction of the late 18th century. Fr. Mariano Ortiz restored it in 1894, and Fr. Ricardo Alonso restored the convent in 1877. According to Llanes, the convent, one of the biggest in the province, had an inner patio. A part of the mission complex was patterned after those found in Mexico; it was more of a decorative garden.

During the earthquake of 1931 the church was partly destroyed, and its subsequent restoration in 1935 lost its antique nobility and dignity. The bell tower collapsed and was damaged almost beyond recognition or repair. During the earthquake of August 17, 1983, the fa├žade and the wall of the sanctuary collapsed.

The townspeople of Vintar practice great devotion to San Nicolas. A religious tradition left by the Augustinians continues to be practiced in Vintar. The town has the largest land area in the province. Aside from its vastness, the geographical barriers brought about by rivers and mountains make it hard for evangelization to progress. However, the priests assigned in their parish find joy in going to as far as Isic-Isic. Their pastoral mission has been complemented by the apostolate of the Daughters of the Divine Zeal, who have been in the parish since 1968.

In 1989, a Parish Pastoral Assembly was held in Vintar. On December 11, 1991, Rev. Primo Cabanos was ordained priest. That same year the diocesan Christ the King celebration was held in the parish. Rev. James Bonoan celebrated also in Vintar his silver anniversary of ordination on December 20, 1994.

Since the foundation of Laoag as a diocese the following have served as pastors: Rev. Mariano Saraos (1957-June 1967); Rev. Bernardo Balderas (July 1967-December 1967); Rev. Jose Agustin (1967-1969); Rev. Andres Respicio (1969-1972); Rev. Onofre Aurelio (1972-1976); Rev. Antonio Molina (1976-1980); Rev. Godofredo Albano (October 1980–December 1980); Rev. Domingo Albano (1981-1983); Rev. Damaso Argel (1983-1986); Rev. Tito Bonoan (1986-1993); Rev. Victor Hernando (1993-1994); Rev. James Bonoan (1994-2001); Rev. Ramon Danilo R. Laeda (2001-2008); Rev. Hermogenes G. Saturnino, Jr. (present).

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