His Grace, the Most Rev. Jose Romeo O. Lazo, D.D., Archbishop of Archdiocese of Jaro conducted a pastoral visitation to the Augustinian-ministered San Jose Placer Parish in Iloilo City from April 24 – 25, 2021.
According to Canon Law, an official pastoral visit is one of the responsibilities entrusted to a bishop which is an occasion to rejuvenate the energies of those engaged in evangelization, particularly of the pastors and the parishioners.
Upon his arrival on April 24, a liturgical rite was held at the church’s main door to formally begin Archbishop Lazo’s visit. He then offered a flower at the image of Saint Joseph enshrined inside the church.
The good Archbishop later met the members of the Parish Pastoral Council together with Fr. Jose R. Gonzales, OSA who is the acting Parish Priest of San Jose.
He also visited a chapel at Barangay Concepcion and met the officers to listen to their programs and activities, and later in the evening, he joined with the youth in praying the Holy Rosary.
On the following day, the pastoral visit was officially closed with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Good Shepherd Sunday presided by the Archbishop.
The visit highlighted the pastoral concern of the Archbishop to the local Christian community of San Jose and their importance to the whole Archdiocese of Jaro.