38 Neophytes Report to Casiciaco

August 15, 2019/Bro. Ioannes Arong

BAGUIO CITY–Thirty-eight (38) neophytes arrived at the Order’s Aspirancy and Postulancy house in this city to formally begin their seminary formation last August 3, 2019.

National Vocation Director Fr. Allan Jacinto, OAR said that of the 38, there are 17 who will be enrolled at the senior high school; 13 will be admitted to the first year college; and 8 are members of the Adult Vocation.

All in all, there are now 79 aspirants and postulants residing at the Order’s Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary, a decidedly drastic improvement from last year’s record of only 64 seminarians.

Fr. Anthony Irineo, OAR, seminary vice rector, said the good number of seminarians this formation year is a “blessing, a concrete answer to our prayers for more workers in the Lord’s vineyard.”

Fr. Irineo said the formators are elated upon hearing from Sr. Lucille Encabo, AR that of all the religious Orders and Congregations in the Philippines, the Recollects got the “highest number” of neophytes this year.

Sr. Encabo is the Representative for Religious Women, a national officer in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines–Directors of Vocations of the Philippines (CBCP–DVP) and has access to statistical data concerning the number of seminarians in different religious Orders and congregations in the country.

The neophytes enjoy their first snacks at the refectory after they were distributed to their “Angels”.

Working closely with the local vocation promoters of each Recollect community, Fr. Jacinto went all over the country in order to do vocation campaigns immediately after he received his patente in September last year.

Formerly assigned in the Panama missions, he travelled extensively with missionary zeal even in Mindanao, scouring the Land of Promise for vocations — from Davao to South Cotabato, Hinatuan, Butuan and Dapitan (formerly a Recollect mission site), among many others, an endeavor which yielded three (3) Mindanaoanons in this year’s neophytes.

“Minsan magka-campaign ako sa schools na yung Grade 10 pa lang may 20 sections na. Ubos ang oras, ubos ang boses, Grade 10 pa lang yan sa isang school!” he said.

(Sometimes I would do vocation campaigns in schools whose Grade 10 alone already has 20 sections. It is time consuming an d energy draining and it is just the Grade 10 of a single school!)

But he said he found joy in the task, especially that he was able to meet each family of the prospected applicants and was able to engage the communities in a dialogue, reminding them of their roles in raising and supporting religious and priestly vocations.

Fr. Irineo said the blessing of more youths responding to religious vocation is not without its corresponding responsibilities.

“The challenge is now with us formators to nurture and nourish such vocations,” he said. “We would not want this blessing from the Lord to go to waste.”

In Pictures: RAY de Bacolod holds ARISE 2019

Bacolod City, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL–All in one heart and one mind.

The Recollect Augustinian Youth de Bacolod held its ARISE (Augustinian Recollect Introduction Seminar) last July 20, 2019 at the Sta. Monica Retreat House.

The participants included the RA Youth from the Integrated School and College. The program included series of talks by the Spiritual Director Fr. Jose Teodulfo Jadulco about the Statutes and Charisms being part of the order.

“RAY is a vocation, a gift, a call, a commitment, a spirituality and a way of life, “ Fr. Jojo said explaining the very core of the Recollect Augustinian Youth.

Onwards, RAY de Bacolod

(photos from Recollect Augustinian Youth de Bacolod FB page)

Curso de Preparación 2019: The preparation for the definitive “yes” to Christ

Note: This was translated from the original Spanish article posted in the official website of the Order of Augustinian Recollects (www.agustinosrecoletos.com)

For six weeks, 10 Augustinian Recollects prepare themselves for their definitive “yes” to Christ as religious. It is the course of preparation for the solemn profession.

SPAIN–The Solemn Profession of Vows puts an end to the preparatory stage of the vocational journey. It is the moment in which the Augustinian Recollect religious says “yes” definitely to the call of Christ. This culminates a long process that takes years of effort, reflection and training. This Course of Preparation was organized by the General Secretariat of Spirituality and Formation which started on June 29, 2019.

For six weeks, religious from the Philippines, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Nicaragua and Mexico delve into their decision to follow Christ as Augustinian Recollects, and reflect on the dimension of this decision and what this means for their lives. During this time they will go through the various basic aspects of the Augustinian Recollect charism: the wisdom of interiority, the wisdom of ecclesiality and the wisdom of the community; to be pilgrims returning one and a thousand times to the heart to find the truth, where the interior Master lives.

The conclusion of this course will be the personal project of life, aiming at the growth in the points that base and build the Augustinian Recollect religious.

For the formative work and the accompaniment of the young people, the Prior General has appointed a team formed by the Augustinian Recollects José Gabriel Rodríguez, Kenneth Onda and Javier Monroy. They are in-charge of making the journey together with these young people, of accompanying them in this formative moment, prior to the definitive surrender of their life to the Lord.

The religious will be trained in the aspects related to the Augustinian Recollect religious life -contemplation, community, apostolate, chastity, poverty and obedience-, as well as in the communication of values ​​or the social dimension of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. In addition to training, these weeks of preparation will bring the pilgrimage experience to Lourdes or Santiago. Through the Camino de Santiago, they will be able to experience in a concrete way what St. Augustine invites us to live: “We are pilgrims together with the pilgrim Jesus Christ, who incarnates himself to accompany all the pilgrims of the world.”

The first week was centered on the wisdom of interiority. Fray Carlos González Castellanos, OAR, the facilitator in this topic, helped the participants to understand the human and spiritual process of interiority. This is the contemplative path that is proper to a religious: to live from the inner man, the path proper to the Augustinian Recollect, who identifies and forms with Christ, and in which he travels with other men.

Fray Kenneth Onda, OAR, has introduced the wisdom of ecclesiality in the second week. It is the second great column of the Augustinian Recollect charism. Topics such as the sense of belonging, what is gathering, growing in love for the Church, and understanding the priesthood as a service with the topics that are offered to the participants as essential to grow charismatically.

This year’s candidates for Solemn Profession are the following:

  1. Fray Antonio Max Oliveira, OAR
  2. Fray Fernando Ferreira, OAR
  3. Fray Pedro Santos da Silva, OAR
  4. Fray Hugo Badilla, OAR
  5. Fray Hector de Jesus Molina, OAR
  6. Fray Jordan Tijerino, OAR
  7. Fray Cristito Rey Pulga Tepace, OAR
  8. Fray Virgilio Cruz Calalang Jr, OAR
  9. Fray Ingemar Dario Duran Barreto, OAR
  10. Fray John Eduard Olarte Murillo, OAR.
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12 OAR Postulants proceed to Pre-Novitiate Stage

Antipolo City, RIZAL–After their summer vacation, twelve new Pre-Novices reported to Fray James Castelo, OAR, Pre-Novitiate Director, on June 19, 2019. Before they proceeded to Bahay Lingkod-Recoletos, the Pre-Novitiate House located within the compound of St. Ezekiel Moreno Novitiate-Recoletos in Antipolo City, they visited some OAR and AR communities in Metro Manila. They had a stop at the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and AR Mother House in Quiapo, Manila, and at St. Ezekiel Moreno Provincial Center in Quezon City.

The new Pre-Novices are:

  1. Bro. James Francis Bago
  2. Bro. Jay Balcueva
  3. Bro. Roldan Benemerito
  4. Bro. Joffry Casusa
  5. Bro. Mark Angelo Diaz
  6. Bro. Seiji Ishii
  7. Bro. John Arnold Lozada
  8. Bro. Enrico Macaranas, Jr.
  9. Bro. Romy Rj Panadero
  10. Bro. Audel Ken Santillan
  11. Bro. Lloyd Jorem Terania
  12. Bro. Warren Vencislao

Let us pray for their perseverance. Welcome brothers!

(photos by Fray James Castelo, OAR)

The 12 Pre-Novices with their Director, Fray James Castelo, OAR (standing first from left). (Seated, L-R) Seiji L. Ishii, Jay P. Balcueva, James Francis M. Bago, Mark Angelo C. Diaz, and Audel Ken V.Santillan. (Standing L-R) Enrico V. Macaranas Jr., Romy Rj C. Panadero, Warren P. Vencislao, Lloyd Jorem E. Terania, Joffry B.Casusa, John Arnold P. Lozada, and Roldan T. Benemirito.

In Pictures: Final Day of the 12th OAR Formands’ Convention

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY–The 12th OAR Formands’ Convention has finally come to its end. The formands evaluated the whole course of the event. Afterwards, the closing Mass presided by Fr. Lauro Larlar, OAR was celebrated in the RFC Chapel. The outgoing chairman, Fray James Erold Gatinao, OAR, has passed on the torch to the chairman of the 13th OAR Formands’ Convention, Fray Nero Bautista, OAR.

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In Pictures: Fourth Day of the 12th OAR Formands’ Convention

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY–Already at the penultimate day of the Convention, Fr. Kenneth Joseph Onda, OAR, the master of the professed of the Recoletos Formation Center, gave an input concerning the apostolic character of the Order. After the group sharing, the Holy Mass was celebrated in the RFC chapel. The whole afternoon was then spent for paseo. The evening was dedicated to the closing program of the Convention after the Holy Hour for the Missions.

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In Pictures: Renewal of Vows

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY–Fifteen friars renewed their unconditional “yes” to God’s call by the renewal of their vows in the presence of the Prior Provincial, Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR. This was done on June 9, 2019 during the Mass on the occasion of this year’s OAR Formand’s Convention.

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In Pictures: Third Day of the 12th OAR Formands’ Convention

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY–The formands of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno started their day with the recitation of the holy rosary. At 8:30 in the morning, Fr. Romel Rubia, OAR shared his insights about the communitarian aspect of the Order. Centering on the provisions of the Constitutions, Fr. Rubia reminded the formands that being members of a community, they have to: (a) bear with one another, (b) forgive one another, (c) correct one another with sincerity, (d) receive correction humbly, (e) help one another with prayers, (f) foster mutual confidence in open dialogue, (g) show concern for the sick, (h) console the disheartened, (i) rejoice sincerely in each other’s qualities and victories, and, (j) have fulfillment in the surrender of their will [to God].

The afternoon schedule was marked by team building that helped strengthen the bond of the Augustinian Recollect formands. After the dinner, the formands celebrated a Holy Hour for the increase of Augustinian Recollect vocation and for the deepening of the vocation of the formands of the Province.

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In Pictures: Second Day of the 12th OAR Formands’ Convention

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY–The second day of this year’s OAR Formands’ Convention is marked by inputs coming from two of the elders in religious life, namely Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR and Fr. Joseph Philip Trayvilla, OAR. To further deepen the inputs, group sharings were held. Games and recreation transpired in the afternoon. To cap the whole day, a lucenarium with Lectio Divina was held in the third floor of OLCP’s PPC building.



In Pictures: 12th OAR Formands’ Convention Opening Salvo

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY–The formands of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno are gathered for the biennial convention known as OAR Formands’ Convention from June 8-12, 2019. Usually held at Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary in Baguio City, this year for the first time, the community of Recoletos Formation Center in Quezon City hosted this gathering. This year’s theme is: “Recollect Accompaniment: Quest for Interiority, Sign of Communion, and Bond of Charity.”

Six deacons, twenty-three coristas, one novice, twenty-one college seminarians, and twenty-four Senior High School seminarians are registered.

At 8:15 PM, the seminarians from Baguio arrived. Immediately after settling down, the participants had their dinner at Bulwagang Recoletos where the opening program was scheduled. Fray Lauro Larlar, OAR, Prior of Recoletos Formation Center, welcomed the formands. Fray James Erold Gatinao, OAR, Chairman of 12th OAR Formands’ Convention, formally opened the gathering. The coristas energetically rendered a dance presentation that gave their younger brothers a touch of warm welcome. Before the day ended, the chairman of each committee called for a meeting to finalize the activities and matters needed for the convention.

In pictures, here are the moments captured for the first day of the 12th OAR Formands’ Convention: