About Archidiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
Geographically the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan is situated in the central part of the province of Pangasinan. It is bounded on the east by the Diocese of Urdaneta, on the west by the Diocese of Alaminos, both places also in Pangasinan. On the south it is bounded by the province and Diocese of Tarlac, on the north and northwest by the Lingayen Gulf and the Diocese of San Fernando, La Union.
There are about 980,000 inhabitants in the archdiocese, 90 per cent of whom are Catholics. A majority of the people speak the Pangasinan dialect. The people are bound by strong family ties. The family is traditionally religious, and most local interactions are characterized by religious tradition. Most social celebrations are also related to religious events.
A Brief History
The Diocese of Lingayen was erected on May 19, 1928, comprising the entire province of Pangasinan. In 1954, because of the destruction brought on Lingayen by World War 11, the See was transferred to Dagupan, and the diocese is now known as the Diocese of Lingayen Dagupan. On January 12,1985 the western part of Pangasinan was made the Diocese of Alaminos, and the eastern part the Diocese of Urdaneta, both dioceses becoming suffragans of Lingayen-Dagupan along with the dioceses of Cabanatuan, San Jose (Nueva Ecija) and San Fernando (La union). in 1963 the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese.
There are 26 parishes in the archdiocese served by 106 priests, 12 religious brothers and 33 religious sisters. Catholic institutions include 2 seminaries, I major and I minor, 27 Catholic schools, a hospital, 2 clinics, a formation center, a social action center, and a catechetical center. Faith Communities number 24 in all.
In the context of the modern situation, we need missionaries to continue the mission of Jesus - continue spreading the Good News and making the presence of Jesus be felt in the here and now of our lives. We need these committed Theology students and we welcome more in the Archdiocese to join us in the world of evangelization.