Our Lady of the Pillar Parish
The Our Lady of the Pillar Parish (OLPP) located in Zaragoza, Pangasinan could be traced back its origin during the Spanish era. Due to lack of priests, the OLPP was entrusted to a lay person named Florencio Capucao who took charge momentarily of the church and all church-related activities. On June 1966 with pastoral demands of the people, the church edifice was finally erected with a resident priest. Unfortunately, because of the scarcity of priests and incapacity of the people to financially support the parish, OLPP was temporarily closed on 1986. As a consequence, those years of closure the parishioners suffered from lack of spiritual guidance and direction that brought the influx of other religious sects. With this, Mons Jesus Cabrera, Bishop of the Diocese of Alaminos invited the Rogationists to take care of the spiritual and temporal needs of the parishioners of Our Lady of Pillar Parish.
With a positive response, the Rogationists represented by Fr Niptale Frogoza, Fr Antonio Dammay and Bro Dante Quidayan arrived in Zaragoza on June 1, 2002, feast of St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia. The presence of the Rogationists with their efforts to re-evangelize, the people’s spiritual enthusiasm was renewed and revived. Today, the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish is under the direction of Fr. Bong Dammay, RCJ as the superior of the religious community and the parish priest, and Fr. Welbert Suarez as his collaborator. Meanwhile, good numbers of impoverished yet deserving young students are supported in their studies under the Adoption at Distance scholarship program. Spiritual Renewal Seminars and other spiritual programs are rendered to the parishioners while Medical and Dental Missions are also given.
Fr. Mariano Ranera, RCJ is also part of the community. He works as the one responsible of the Rogate Oasis Organic Farm, Samapaloc, Bolinao.