Circular Letter No. 292/33/10 – AB Angel N. Lagdameo issued a circular letter on September 6, 2010 approving and mandating the implementation of the statutes contained in the revised draft of the Internal Ordering of the Archdiocese. The Internal Ordering includes statutes of different entities in the diocesan , vicariate and parish levels. The statutes mandated for implementation were the Statutes of the Jaro Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (JAPC), Jaro Archdiocesan Apostolic Council (JAAC), Jaro Archdiocesan Finance Council (JAFC), Jaro Archdiocesan Pastoral Secretariat (JAPS), Archdiocesan Council of the Laity, Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), Parish Apostolic Council (PAC), and Parish Finance Council (PFC). A Vicariate Coordinating Council (VAC) was also introduced to facilitate coordination of pastoral activities in the vicariate level. This is composed of a group of lay faithful supervised by the JAPS, under the authority of the bishop to ensure proper monitoring and implementation of the pastoral programs and provide a venue for exchange of information and support among vicariates.

In addition to the approval of the statutes Abp. Lagdameo also confirmed the Synod Implementation Plan which was the result of a series of consultations, meetings and strategic planning carried out by the Archdiocesan Councils (JAPC and JAAC) during the first half of the year. The cri de gueere for our Synod Implementation Process is “From INSIGHT to IMPACT, From SHARED VISION to INTEGRATED ACTION ”, Abp. Lagdameo summoned the Jaro Clergy on Sept 27, 2010 for a general assembly to present and inform the priests about the strategic objectives and visioning plan. This yearlong program was presented by Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, assisted by JAPS and a team from Bukal ng Tipan, headed by Fr. Mark Lesage, CICM, Dr. Estela Padilla and Mr. Epee Casuncad, The primary aim of the visioning plan is to acquire a vision that is shared and owned by as many as possible so that they can be committed to implement it. The process also hopes to come up with an Identity Statement, which is an articulation how we are to be relevant as Church in our present time.

A total of 124 priest attended the assembly held at the John Paul II Hall of the Archbishop’s Residence, Jaro, Iloilo City.

The Jaro Archdiocesan Pastoral Secretariat (JAPS) conducted a series of trainings to enable a team of facilitators to take the lead in executing the Synod Implementation. As Abp. Lagdameo emphasized in his circular letter, the formation teams are essential to the process of information, training and implementation because they will serve as “the backbone and energy to the entire movement of the synodal plan”.

The first batch was held on October 1-3 at Marillac Renewal Center, Asilo De Molo, Iloilo City with 57 participants, the 2nd batch on October 8-10 at the Gazebo Retreat House in San Dionesio, Iloilo with 27 participants and the 3rd batch on October 15-17, 2010 at the Holy Rosary Prayer and Reflection Center, Calumpang with 80 participants. 83 parishes enlisted in the training which was designed to equip lay facilitators to organize and train parish-based teams that will conduct House-to-House Visitations and Brgy. Dialogues. The house visits and dialogues are the initial steps in coming up with necessary elements that will become the foundation of formulating our Identity Statements and Shared Vision.

A succession of Vicariate Dialogues were held among the Bishops-Clergy and Lay Leaders to have a venue for discussion and clarification of the program for Synod Implementation-From Insight to Impact. This was also an occasion for the priest and the laity to pray and reflect together with the bishops and commit to the tasks required by the synod implementation.

This is a follow through of previous dialogues between Clergy and Bishop held in 2009 which at that time did not involve the lay. The dialogues were held on the following dates and venues:

  • October 5 – John Paul II Hall: Vicariate of St. Paul and St. Peter
  • October 6 – John Paul II Hall: Vicariate of St. John, Sts. Phillip and James, Sts. Titus and Timothy
  • October 27 – St. John the Baptist Church, Sara: Vicariate of St. Jude Thaddeus, St. James the Greater and St. Barbanas
  • November 4 – Buenavista, Guimaras; Vicariaye of St. Bartholomew
  • November 15 – Patronage of St. Joseph Parish, Pototan: Vicariate of St. Thomas, St. Matthias, St. Matthew, St. Andrew and St. Simon the Zealot

Total attendance for the Vicariate Dialogues is 357 with 101 priests (69 Parish Priest, 26 Parochial Vicars, 3 Chaplains and 3 Residents Priests), 254 lay men and women and the 2 bishops present.

The first follow-up gathering and updating of the Archdiocesan Formation Team (AFT) was held on January 15-16, 2011 at the Sta. Teresita Prayer and Reflection Center, Sambag, Jaro with 56 participants from 42 parishes. Of the 162 lay facilitators sent by 83 parishes for the October training, seventy two were selected by JAPS and Bukal ng Tipan (BNT) to compose the Core Team. The AFT Core Team is a composite team of facilitators that will meet regularly to coordinate, monitor, feedback, and evaluate the implementation with JAPS and BNT. Their main task is to attend regular meetings agreed upon by the group and work closely with the VCC through the Vicariate Lay Delegates(VLD) to monitors the parishes and vicariate activities

 The 14 Vicariate Lay Delegates (formely VLR) were also included in the updating since part of their function as VLD is to be the primary workforce of JAPS. The AFT Core Team agreed to hold regular meeting bi-monthly meeting on the 3rd Saturday of the month. The next meeting was set on February 19, 2011.