Posted by: Chancellor | July 21, 2008

Vigan Cathedral: Declared Official Pauline Year Pilgrimage Church by the Vatican


The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia has been proclaimed an official pilgrimage site by the Holy Father, Benedict XVI through the Apostolic Penitentiary. In the letter from the Apostolic Penitentiary, signed by Cardinal Stafford, plenary indulgence is made available to pilgrims to the Cathedral during the Pauline Year. The Archbishop invites all to a pilgrimage to the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Vigan City, dedicated to the Conversion of St. Paul.


Last June 28, 2008, the Archbishop, with the opening of the Jubilee Door at the Cathedral, officially opened the pilgrimages to the Cathedral.


Archbishop Salgado released a Circular, inviting all to receive this grace of the Pauline Year. We quote Circular 5:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Last June 28, 2008, during the Eucharistic Celebration of the Opening of the Year of Jubilees, the Pilgrimages to the Cathedral during the Pauline Year (June 28, 2008 – June 29, 2009) had been officially launched. The Holy Father has granted through the Apostolic Penitentiary, a plenary indulgence for pilgrims to the Cathedral, while following the usual and added requirements, which are as follows:

  1. Visit to the Cathedral dedicated to the Conversion of St. Paul with a sincere intention to seek God’s compassion and to thank Him for the many graces He has bestowed through the intercession of the Apostle Paul;
  2. Confession within the previous week and a week thereafter;
  3. Participation in the Eucharist and reception of Communion during the day of pilgrimage;
  4. Prayer for the Holy Father (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

Private and organized pilgrimages are encouraged. To maximize benefit of the faithful during the pilgrimages, a set of activities have been prepared for organized groups. The activities shall begin at the Aula de Caridad in the Arzobispado Compound, and culminate at the Cathedral. The following will be the activities.

9:30 AM

Arrival and Registration at the Arzobispado
Catechesis on St. Paul

10:30 AM

Catechesis on Pilgrimages, Indulgences and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Penitential Service, Confessions

1 PM

Eucharistic Celebration at the Cathedral


Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning the month of August 2008 to June 28, 2009, are set as the pilgrimage days. Other days may also be set depending on the availability of the facilitators. The parishes will please coordinate with Mrs. Malyn Salvador at the Chancery (722-2018) for scheduling. The deacons will facilitate the formation sessions. The parish priests are to lead the pilgrims, hear their confessions and celebrate the Mass. They are to coordinate with priests to help in the confessions.

The schools are to arrange pilgrimages in coordination with their chaplains and/or school directors.

Let us make most of this grace before us this Pauline Jubilee Year. And let us be reminded that this is part of a year-long focused endeavor at Conversion, Renewal, Evangelization and Mission.

God bless you and your loved ones.

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