Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, Archbishop Emeritus of Lingayen Dagupan, died in the grace of the Lord today August 26, 2020 at 6:45 in the morning, due to multi organ failure caused by critical COVID19 infection, at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. He was eighty five years old. Archbishop Cruz was a classmate and close friend of the late Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi.
Following health protocols, his mortal remains will be cremated immediately.
The cremated remains will be brought to the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Dagupan City. The Catholic faithful may pay their respects to the late archbishop on August 27 from 6:00 am until 8:00pm. Masses will be celebrated by the diocesan and religious clergy of Lingayen Dagupan the whole day.
The funeral Mass will be held on August 28, Friday, at nine o’clock in the morning at the Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral. His remains will be laid to rest at the Santuario de San Juan Evangelista right after the Mass. In adherence to prevailing health protocols, only the priests and bishops together with the Archbishop’s family, will be in attendance at the funeral Mass as we encourage the Catholic faithful to follow the liturgical rites on social media livestream.