Security of relics of St. Therese during her visit in Region I set in place: PNP regional director

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Police Regional Office has set forth the operational guidelines on the security coverage and support services to be implemented by the police force during the visit of the relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Region I, Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu announced recently.

Bucayu said PRO1 IMPLAN 41-2012 has been set in place to ensure the safety of the thousands of devotees that are expected to pay homage to the relics of St. Therese during her visit in the Archdioceses of Laoag City on Jan. 3-6,  Nueva Segovia, Vigan City Jan. 6-9, San Fernando City on Jan. 12-13, Lingayen-Dagupan City Jan. 13-16, and Urdaneta City Jan. 16-18.

While in San Fernando City, the relics of St.Therese will be accorded a motorcade around the city and will stay briefly at Wallace, Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy.

The relics, which are bone fragments of the saint housed in a special reliquary and venerated by the faithful as a reminder of St. Therese’s spirituality, has traveled from the Basilica of St. Therese in Lisieux, France for a four-month tour in the Philippines covering 49 archdioceses and dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, with the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Newport City, Villamor Airbase Pasay City  as its first stop last December 15, 2012.

On December 18, the relics visited the Philippine Air Force at Villamor Airbase and the Philippine Navy at the Jose Francisco Naval Station; December 18-19 – Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio; December 19 – Philippine National Police at Camp Crame; December 19-20 – Camp Aguinaldo General Headquarters; December 20 – the AFP Medical Center and Veterans Memorial Medical Center; December 20-22 – Diocese of Novaliches; December 22-26 – Diocese of Cubao; December 26-29 – Diocese of Pasig; and December 29 to January 1, 2013 – Diocese of Antipolo.

On January 1-3 the relics of St. Therese returned to the Shrine of St. Therese in Villamor Pasay City to celebrate her 140th birth anniversary; then January 3-6 at  Diocese of Laoag; January 6-9 – Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Vigan, Ilocos Sur; January 9-10 – Diocese of Bangued; January 10-12 – Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe; January 12-13 -Diocese of San Fernando La Union; January 13-16 – Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan; January 16-18 – Diocese of Urdaneta; January 18-19 – Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija; January 19-22 Diocese of Cabanatuan; January 22-25 Diocese of Tarlac; January 25-28 – Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga; January 28-30 – Diocese of Malolos; January 30-31-  Notre Dame De Vie, Encanto, Angat, Bulacan; January 31 to February 2 – Diocese of San Pablo; February 2-4 – Diocese of Lucena; February 4-10 -Archdiocese of Lipa; and February 11-12 – Diocese of Daet.

On February 12-13 – Diocese of Libmananan; February 13-14-  Diocese of Legazpi; February 14-15 – Diocese of Virac; February 15-16 – Diocese of Sorsogon; February 16-17 – Diocese of Catarman; February 17-18 – Diocese of Calbayog; February 18-19 – Diocese of Borongan; February 19-21 – Archdiocese of Palo; February 21-23 – Diocese of Naval; Februart 23-24 – Archdiocese of Palo (Ormoc); February 24 to March 1 – Archdiocese of Cebu.

On March 1-4 – Diocese of Tagbilaran; March 4-5 – Diocese of Kabankalan; March 5-7 – Diocese of Bacolod; March 7-9-  Archdiocese of Capiz; March 9-11 – Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo; March 13-16 – Archdiocese of Zamboanga; March 16-18 – Diocese of Pagadian; March 18-20-  Archdiocese of Ozamis; March 20-23 – Archdiocese of Cagayan De Oro; March 23-25 – Diocese of Kidapawan; March 25-27 – Diocese of Malaybalay; Diocese of Malaybalay Monastery of Transfiguration; April 1-2 – Diocese of Mati, April 2-5 – Archdiocese of Davao; April 5-7 – Diocese of Paranaque; April 7 – Bureau of Corrections Muntinlupa; April 7-10 – Archdiocese of Manila; and back to the Shrine of St. Therese in Pasay as its last stop in the Philippines.

The Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP), led by Bishop Leopoldo S. Tumulak, D.D., is the official host of this year’s visit.

Bishop Tumulak hopes that visit the relics of St. Therese will bring the country together as it renews the faith of Filipinos from all walks of life.

“It is my hope that as she tours the country, we would remember her and her teachings as we all strive to live according to the example of Christ,” Tumulak said.

This is the third time that the relics of St. Therese visit the Philippines. The first two visits in 2000 and 2008 allegedly were marked with miracles and thousands of devotees gathering to pray its presence.#