Please support the second collection for Catholic Communications Month

The Archdiocese of Agana is celebrating Catholic Communications Month May 28 to June 25.<p class="p1">Please kindly support the second collection at all Sunday Masses of June 4, 11 and 18 which Archbishop Michael Byrnes has designated to go toward supporting the Archdiocese’s work in Catholic communications.<br /><p class="p1">Your contributions will help fund: 1. Internships for Umatuna and Catholic radio 2. Umatuna printing costs 3. Purchase of equipment for KOLG 90.9 FM 4. Equipment for Cathedral media ministries. A report on the overall amount collected and a list of allocation and expenditures shall be published in January of 2018. THANK YOU!

Recent Headlines

Catch “Why Do Catholics Do That?” on KOLG

Information is a blessing. Information about Church teachings and other vital aspects of our faith is a blessing multiplied many times! Be blessed. Tune in...

Pet training

How many of you have ever had to train a pet?  Most animal trainers will agree that the use of pain or punishment is not very productive in training an animal to behave or do various functions.

St. Bernadine tended to the dying

St. Bernardine was born into a noble family but orphaned at the young age of seven. He was raised by his aunt.

All-island Class of 1968 gives back to their alma maters

The All-Island Class of 1968 recently donated to the Academy of Our Lady of Guam’s Athletic Scholarship Fund.

Saint Anthony Catholic School crowns Mary, Queen and Mother

Saint Anthony Catholic School honored Our Blessed Mother on Friday, May 3, 2019, with the school’s annual May Crowning celebration.

Mothers as shepherds

Normally, when we talk about shepherds, we only refer to a work that men do.

Bear fruit

Mango is in season nowadays here in Guam as you see mango trees especially in the south bedecked with fruits ready for picking.

Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable...

Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows Medjugorje pilgrimages

Parishes and dioceses are now allowed to organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it must be clear that the Catholic Church has not recognized as authentic the alleged Marian apparitions there.

AVISO: May 12, 2019

His Excellency, Most Rev. Michael J. Byrnes, D.D., S.T.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Archdiocese of Agaña, announces the following: Father Val G. Rodriguez is appointed as...

Divine Mercy Chaplet global solidarity May 18 and Sept. 13

The Australia and Oceana Prayer Initiative team led by its deputy coordinator Richard Hodoway from Melbourne, informs and invites Archbishop Michael Byrnes and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Agaña ...

Martyred Deacon

St. Stephen is, by our tradition, known as the “First Deacon” and the first Christian Martyr. 

The holy children of Fatima

One of the most prominent titles for the Blessed Virgin Mary is one awarded to her just within the last century.


A ship ran aground off the Italian coast in 2012 killing 32 people. The captain abandoned the ship.

The reality of the cross and the resurrection

The cross and the resurrection are opposite realities of life.

SBCS spring play, ‘Curtain Call,’ a success

Santa Barbara Catholic School (SBCS) recently presented an original play written by Mr. Julius Cena dubbed “Curtain Call.”

Umeyak Chamoru

We welcome to our archdiocesan newspaper a new segment called “Umeyak Chamoru” (Learn Chamorro) which will feature words and phrases in learning Guam’s native language.

Head cloth

Verse seven from the 20th chapter of John left biblical scholars with a bit of a mystery. 

The humorous St. Philip Neri

Imagine being known for being the most humorous saint to ever live. St. Philip Neri currently holds this title.

Christian life impossible without the Holy Spirit, pope says

Christians must allow themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit if they expect to live a Christian life, Pope Francis said.

Safeguarding Our Children

As of Thursday, March 1, 2018


people have registered and begun or completed VIRTUS Online training  for the Archdiocese of Agaña’s Safe Environment Policy.

For more information, call 562-0029 or email

Archdiocese Posts Publication Notice Setting Aug. 15, 2019 As Deadline To File Sexual Abuse Claims

As part of procedures related to Chapter 11 Reorganization, Aug. 15, 2019 has been set for persons who would file a sexual abuse claim or general claim against the Archdiocese of Agaña. The “Publication Notice” is above and the “Sexual Abuse Bar Date Notice Package” is below.


“Notice of Deadline for Filing Claims
Relating to Or Arising From Sexual Abuse”
For a copy,
click here.

“Sexual Abuse Proof of Claim”
For a copy,
click here
: This form must be received no later than Aug. 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
(Prevailing CHST-Chamorro Standard Time)

Safe Environment Office Reminders

May 13, 2019, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Santa Barbara Catholic Church
Upper Level Social Hall, Dededo


May 16, 2019, Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
Dominican Catholic School
Multipurpose Room, Yigo


May 20, 2019, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Santa Barbara Catholic Church
Upper Level Social Hall, Dededo


Reminder: Year II training is only available live and needs to be completed before or by June 30, 2019. Please contact the Safe Environment Office at Tel. No. 562-0029 or email

Job Announcement

The Archdiocese of Agaña invites applications from highly-motivated candidates for the full-time position of Catholic School Principal


Applications and job descriptions are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chancery Office, 196 Cuesta San Ramon, Ste. B, Hagåtña, Guam


Submit the following materials as one PDF attachment to Richard Alvia at

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of Catholic educational philosophy
  • Three professional references
  • Pastor recommendation letter

Submission due 3 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019 For info, email

KOLG, the Light of the Marianas airing funeral announcements

Just as the Catholic Church offers the faithful its pages of the Umatuna Si Yu’os for announcing the deaths of loved ones and prayer requests for our faithful departed, the Archdiocese of Agaña affords broadcast time for funeral announcements, memorial anniversaries and prayer intentions on Catholic radio, KOLG 90.9 FM.

Funeral or memorial announcements will encompass 20-30 seconds and will air seven times a day for five days. For info. about funeral announcements on a donation basis, please contact : Tony Diaz, Archdiocese of Agaña, Office of Communications, 562-0065; e-mail

Updated Archdiocese hotline number to report abuse

The phone number for the Archdiocese of Agaña (AOA) sexual abuse hotline is now (671) 562-0039. It is a dedicated line in the Chancery Office which will be handled by the victim assistance coordinator Sister Dorothy Lettiere, RSM, with a shared responsibility by the chancellor Father Ron Richards and archdiocesan Safe Environment coordinator Tricia Tenorio. The old hotline number (671) 727-7373 is no longer available.


The archdiocese encourages anyone who has been a victim of abuse by any clergy, employee, or volunteer of the Roman Catholic Church to also contact the Guam Police Department at 472-8911/8912 or for emergency at 911 and Child Protective Services at 475-2653/2672


AOA Victim Assistance Hotline:
(671) 562-0039

Crisis Pregnancy Hotline: 777-6014 – Free pregnancy test and confidential assistance

Safe Environment

Saint's Corner

Job Announcement

The Archdiocese of Agaña  invites applicants from candidates for the part-time position of

Administrative Assistant

Applications and job descriptions available at the Chancery Office, 196 Cuesta San Ramon, Ste. B, Hagåtña, Guam

Submission of applications and resumes extended to 4 p.m.
Friday, January 26, 2018

For more information, please call 562-0000 or email

Equal Opportunity Employer