May the peace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ be with you. I write this letter to remind all faithful of a standing directive related to the Neocatechumenal Way. On March 15, 2017, Archbishop Michael Byrnes instructed the lead catechists of the Neocatechumenal Way in Guam to put a “pause” on the formation of new communities. The directive was issued in both a long form letter (Protocol No. 2017-074) which was disseminated to all clergy and a short form letter (Protocol No. 2017-075) read at Masses throughout our churches. Additionally, during his term here as Episcopal Vicar, Father Ron Richards communicated a message by the archbishop that the moratorium remained in effect. He did so in a letter (Protocol No. 2021-064) written to the Itinerant Catechist Team of the Neocatechumenal Way on August 18, 2021. Copies of all three letters accompany this memorandum.
Important AMENDMENT to Oct. 4, 2022 AVISO, Protocol No. 2022-115 clarifying when Feast of the Annunciation as a Holy Day of Obligation is abrogated (Pls. see sentences in bold at bottom of page) Reinstatement of Holy Days of Obligation to include two additional Holy Days
The Catholic Church begins the holy season of Lent February 22 as priests welcome thousands of Catholics to Archdiocese of Agaña churches throughout the island during Ash Wednesday Masses. Catholics throughout the world will receive the mark of ashes on their forehead during Mass, as a public and communal sign of penance.
*UPDATED SCHEDULE* The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will travel to Guam and the Philippines in February, marking its first overseas trip since the pandemic. It will be the Fatima statue's fifth pilgrimage to Guam in the past 17 years. Representing Mother Mary and her miraculous appearance to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917, the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Blessed Mother has traveled the globe since 1947 as part of a worldwide mission of peace calling for prayers, penance and obedience to Our Lord. Archdiocese of Agana Vicar for Clergy and St. Anthony Pastor, Father Mike Crisostomo announced to his brother priests that the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on Guam from Feb. 4-18, 2023. Always drawing thousands each time it visits here, the Fatima statue last traveled to Guam in 2017.
Sister Evelyn, also known as Evelyn Josepha Pereira Muna, was born to Juan and Pilar Pereira Muna on October 19,1929. In her early years as a religious she answered to the name, Sister Mary Matthew. She became interested in the life of the Sisters of Mercy when she watched the Sisters pray outside their quonset hut convent in Agana.
The Archdiocese sends this news release announcing a Requiem Mass to be celebrated Friday, Jan. 6 for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at our mother church, Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. A PDF copy on AOA letterhead is attached. T
Sister Mary Monica Perez, 87, a Sister of Mercy for 70 years entered eternal life December 27, 2022. She was born in Agana, Guam, the first of six children of Ismael Cruz Perez and Ana Pangelinan. Sister Monica attended elementary school and the Academy Our Lady of Guam and later graduated from Sacred Heart College in Belmont, North Carolina with a degree in Elementary Education.
On behalf of Most Rev. Michael J. Byrnes, S.T.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Agaña, we appoint Rev. Fr. Jeffrey C. San Nicolas as Interim Superintendent of Catholic Education effective January 2, 2023.
We give thanks to Our Lord! Catholic Educational Radio Station KOLG 90.9 FM returned to the airways at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 beaming Catholic music, prayers, programs and the Holy Rosary in English and Chamorro to the people of Guam once again.
Christmas concert to benefit retired clergy - December 22 and 23, 2022 at the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Guam at 6:30 PM. We hope you will join us in celebrating the Nativity of the Lord through this musical performance. Please CLICK HERE for ways to support this important fund-raising event.