DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 28 — The blessing of the newly built Poor Clare Monastery of Saint John the Apostle located in Barangay Nancapian, Malasiqui here is scheduled on January 21 at 10 a.m.
This was contained in an invitation extended by Archbishop Socrates Villegas enjoining priests and religious sisters to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to be held prior to the blessing of the edifice.
He confirmed that this is the first and only contemplative monastery of nuns in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan which was realized with the help of the people of Pangasinan.
"When I was appointed to the Archbishopric of Lingayen Dagupan in 2009, one of the very first concerns I attended to was to insure that a community of contemplative nuns be present in our midst to pray for the sanctification of priests and to offer their hidden sacrifices to sustain our mission in the world," the Archbishop said.
The monastery in the archdiocese is the powerhouse of our active ministry.
The occasion will be the only opportunity being made available to the public to see the interior of the monastery "which our Catholic faithful in Pangasinan so kindly helped to build".
After the blessing, the monastery will be closed perpetually and the life of sacrifice of the nuns will hence begin inside the cloister, he said.
He added that it would really mean so much to him if priests and religious sisters can join in the historic Church event "in the archdiocese at the dawn of our jubilee year". (PNA)