Our Lady of Penafrancia Minor Seminary, Sorsogon City, November 4, 2009: Some six hundred Catholic leaders in the Diocese of Sorsogon attended the 4th Diocesan Pastoral Assembly, held every four years, here at the Our Lady of Penafrancia Seminary, from November 3-4, 2009. The Diocesan Assembly was first convened in 1995, and this was presided over by then Bishop Jesus Y. Varela.
Bulan was represented by various church leaders from the vicariates under the jurisdiction of the Bulan Parish. These were the Vicariate of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception , Vicariate of Saint Anthony Of Padua based in Barangay San Francisco, Vicariate of Saint Bonaventure in Butag, and the Vicariate of St. Mary Magdelene of Magdalena Town.
The quadrennial convention was called for the purpose of reviewing, assessing and evaluating various policies of the Church in Sorsogon, and to make it more effective and efficient in proclaiming the gospel, the Catholic faith and its doctrines.
Bishop Arturo Bastes, DD, SVD, Bishop of Sorsogon presided over the assembly and assisted by Msgr. Francisco P. Monje and Msgr. Reynaldo A. Mabute.