Santa Marian Kamalen islandwide procession

to return Dec. 8 in Hagatna

After three-year absence, longtime tradition to resume in Hagatna

She has traveled to all parts of the island bringing God’s message of love to the people of Guam through her historic statue four times in the past three years. Now it’s time for the people to return to Hagatña to renew a longtime tradition of honoring Santa Marian Kamalen during the islandwide procession this December 8.


The Feast of Santa Marian Kamalen and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will see a much-anticipated return of the islandwide procession with the historic statue of Our Blessed Mother, confirmed Monsignor James Benavente, Pastor of Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.

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Introducing the Umatuna Si Yu'os e-newsletter



Hafa adai! Welcome to the first issue of the Umatuna Si Yu'os E-newsletter.

The COVID-19 pandemic first forced closure of the "hard copy" edition of the Archdiocese of Agana's newspaper in 2019. Then bankruptcy added to the toll. For now, we present this e-mail offering to update our Catholic faithful with news, stories and messages of our Church on Guam.

This first edition is simple, modest. However, we'll expand as best as our resources will allow. After this month, the newsletter will be e-mailed to recipients in our mailing list and to new subscribers on the first week of every month. We'll also e-mail general announcements and news releases more frequently as events occur. We thank Catholic Extension Society for providing valuable grant funding to rekindle the flame of the Umatuna. Thank you as well to all who support Catholic Communication and our archdiocese including Apostolic Administrator, Fr. Romy Convocar, all the Curia and Chancery staff.

Most of all, THANK YOU DEAR GOD!

Tony C. Diaz, Archdiocese of Agana

Director of Communications, (671) 562-0065,

Token of Faith


Do not complain, that shows discontent with the will of God in the present moment.

That is also proof

of impatience.”

-- St. Martin de Porres

1579-1639, Feast Day Nov. 3


Prayer for the Faithful

of the Archdiocese

Almighty God and Father

of us all, who heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds, who raises the lowly from the dust and whose mercy endures forever with your Son and the Holy Spirit, look with mercy upon your people who need your guidance during this time. In our weakness, give us strength, in our despair, afford us hope, in our darkness, invade us with your light.


In the spirit of ina’fa’maolek, may we enrobe ourselves with your banner of love to dispel all divisions. As one family in Christ transform us to become instruments of healing, reconciliation, peace, and unity.


Through the example and intercession of our Mother, Santa Marian Kamalen who followed Jesus to the foot of the

Cross, may we become dauntless in our faith, and courageous in hope as we move

forward together as one Church. We ask this through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever

and ever.



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Archdiocese to launch

Eucharistic Revival on Dec. 3

The Archdiocese of Agana will join dioceses across the United States in a renewed focus on the Holy Eucharist with a planned launch of a Eucharistic Revival on December 3, the First Sunday of Advent.

Apostolic Administrator, Father Romeo Convocar said that especially in the brokenness of our Church on Guam from our past sins of clergy sexual abuse, we need to intensify our spirituality, devotion and focus on the Holy Eucharist at the core of our healing.

"We need to to renew our spirituality as community and the very center of our spirituality is the Holy Eucharist," said Father Romy on Nov. 4. "In other words, if we need to renew the Church, it's not done by the court, it's by intensified prayer and commitment and the Holy Eucharist is the focal point of that communal prayer that we have."

The Youth Eucharistic Congress scheduled for November 11 is an exciting example of such focus. (See poster and link at left.)

Archdiocese officials will meet to discuss details of the Eucharistic Revival in the second week of November and will announce more details in the weeks to come.

Father Romy emphasizes importance of praying

for departed loved ones

As thousands of Catholics flocked to cemeteries to honor their departed loved ones on All Souls Day, Thursday, Nov. 2, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Agana emphasized the importance of praying for those who have died.

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'Be Catholic Daughters

to the World'

Father Michael Crisostomo recently challenged Guam's Catholic Daughters of the Americas to expand their reach and strengthen their devotion to God as well as service to the most needy people among us.


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"Be still and pray"

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To learn God's plan for you, be still and pray, Apostolic Administrator tells DCS students

Everybody has a calling in life, everybody has a vocation.

In order to discern what God is calling each of us to do however, it's important that we learn to keep still and pray. Pray for His guidance.

That is a major advice Father Romeo Convocar, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Agana had for students of Dominican Catholic School as he paid a visit to their Yigo campus on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023.

Father Romy answered a wide range of questions from the enthusiastic but very respectful students in a thoughtful Q&A session during one part of his scheduled school visit. His response regarding vocations in life came after a student asked him why he chose to become a priest.

Earlier, the Apostolic Administrator triggered applause from the students as he answered another student's question, "What is your dream job?"

"My dream job? I'm doing now, my dream job," Father Romy replied, referring to his vocation as a priest. "My dream job is not just a job. It is a life. It is a vocation."

Father Romy then gave advice to the students about their future careers. "If you're looking for a job in the future, look for a job that you love. Because when you love your job you don't feel like you are working," he said. "You're living your life."

"So if you love to teach, even though it is hard, it is not hard, because you love your job," Father Romy said. Most important of all, our Apostolic Administrator said to look to God for guidance. "First and foremost, you have to listen to the Lord, discern, so you can understand where He is calling you."

Father Romy opened his visit by celebrating Mass with Principal, Sister Esperanza Seguban and the entire school during the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Afterward, the students welcomed him with prayer, a short message, songs and dances in a large assembly room followed by the Q&A session.

Enjoy the beautiful music

of Magis choir and support Dominican Catholic School

(Please see poster for more info.)

The 2023 Clergy Christmas Concert

to benefit Priest Retirement Fund

& Catholic Radio, KOLG 90.9 FM

(Please see poster for more info.)

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Familian San Jose

St. Joseph Catholic Church produces

beautiful 340th Jubilee Year

commemorative booklet

CONGRATULATIONS and GOD BLESS to lead author William "Bill" Meno Paulino; Co-Author Judith "Judy" Selk Flores, Ph.D.; Pastor Fr. Joseph Anore; all contributors; and the faithful of Inalahan for the creation of your beautiful 340th Jubilee Year booklet.

St. Joseph parish in Inalahan has published a full color, hard bound book flowing with wonderful historical photos and information. It's now available to purchase for $60 at the parish rectory office. Note that office hours are only Mondays & Wednesdays,

9 a.m.-noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Pls. call +1 671-828-8102 or email Copies are also available from Flores at (671) 777-3488,


196 Cuesta San Ramon Ste B, Hagåtña, GUAM 96910-4334

Tel: 671-562-0000

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