Father Provincial answers questions about Recoletos de Saipan

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PROVINCIALATE, Quezon City—Here are some significant notes from the desk of the Father Provincial, Fray Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, who was asked about the newly-consolidated community of Recoletos de Saipan.

Q. Father, a lot of lay people are interested to know about the new community of Recollects assigned in Saipan. Kindly tell us about this.

A. The community was established through the approval of the Prior General and his Council last March 4, 2016. Three Filipino Recollects are assigned there. The first two, Frays Allan Rubett Cabatian and Leo Neil Bullos, arrived in Saipan last August 10, 2016. They are in the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) collaborating with the newly ordained bishop, Ryan Jimenez, who is from Siquijor. The third member of the community is Fray Felipe Rollon Jr. He took a direct PAL flight from Manila to Saipan a few days ago, last August 24, at 9PM. The bishop assigns the Recollects to San Roque Parish. Fray Cabatian was installed parish priest by the bishop himself last August 21 as part of the patronal fiesta celebration.

Q. Have you seen already your community there?

A. Yes, I was there during the ordination of the new bishop upon the invitation of the bishop-elect himself. It was an opportunity for me to see for myself the parish and the newly-renovated convent, and to meet also some of the parishioners many of whom are Filipinos. When I was there, the repair of the convent was still on-going. And by the way, I would like to add that with me in the flight going to and coming back from Saipan were Bishop Julito Cortes and Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu who represented the CBCP. Archbp. Palma read the greetings and congratulatory message of Archbishop Soc Villegas, CBCP President.

Q. How do you describe the episcopal ordination of the bishop-elect?

A. Well, the episcopal consecration and installation of Mons. Ryan was well organized. The day before the consecration, on August 13, there were already activities incorporated during the evening prayer. The Professio fidei (Profession of faith) and oath of fidelity and obedience of the clergy to their new bishop elect was also made.

Most Rev. Ryan Jimenez was consecrated to the episcopacy last August 14, 2016 at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral of Chalan Kanoa, Saipan. The principal ordaining prelate was Most Rev. Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB, Secretary for the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples and Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Agana. With him as co-ordaining bishops were Most Rev. Tomas Camacho, bishop-emeritus of Chalan Kanoa and Most Rev. Julito Cortes, bishop of Dumaguete. The OAR was represented by Fray Edgar Tubio, President of the Secretariat of Ministerial and Mission Apostolate, Fray Cabatian, Fray Bullos, and I.

Q. How do you assess the Recollect presence in Saipan?

A. The OAR presence in Saipan is practically a return to this area where our forefathers served after the departure of the Jesuits. This is also in compliance with the last provincial chapter’s LAMP or Life and Mission Project of the Province to give priority to our missionary apostolate. As I was telling Fr. Jason Granado, one of the priests in the said diocese, who also asked me this same question: We decided to accept this mission area because the simplicity, humility and spirituality of then apostolic administrator added affirmative stance to the request. He used to say to me, “We will wait, Father, if it’s really God’s will and in His time” referring to our query about the one who will be appointed bishop. There is depth in that answer.

Q. It’s been more than a century since your predecessors left Saipan, or the Marianas in general.

A. That’s right. And now we are back. We are home again. And there are mixed emotions: joy, excitement, challenged. Joy, because we are again part of the history of evangelization in Saipan. Excitement, because it means to collaborate with a “paisano bishop-elect” who speaks the same language with many of us Recollects in the Philippines and who hailed from Siquijor which was once ministered also by OAR. Challenged, because the team to be sent are very young with different backgrounds in ministry: one is a seminary formator, another is a school administrator, and the third, a newly-ordained, is assigned in the parish.

Q. With your three-man team, young and enthusiastic, what are your expectations from them?

A. I expect that, with the grace of God, the Recoletos presence there make a positive impact on the people especially in their spiritual and holistic formation towards salvation; that God’s love and presence be felt in them that would lead the people to a better Christian relationship. It is my earnest hope that they be able to establish a good relationship and show a good example, or even to be role models, to the local clergy and religious. I also pray that vocation to priesthood and religious life may arise and that OAR presence help in the promotion and implementation of the diocesan program of evangelization, catechesis, education, youth ministry, etc.

 

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    ALL SAINTS’ DAY

    “The Solemnity of All Saints is ‘our’ feast not because we are good,
    but because the holiness of God touches our lives.” (Pope Francis)

    75th ANNIVERSARY (1946-2021)
    OF JOHN PAUL II’s PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marjorie Palacat, AR
    Br. Reymar Macadagdag (prenov.)
    Bro. Leonardo Axalan, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Saraza, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

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    +ALL SOULS’ DAY

    As we prayerfully remember our beloved dead, we are reminded that eternal life
    is not an unending succession of days, but an immersion of oneself in the ocean of infinite love, in which time, before and after, no longer exists.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

    Note: The customary celebration of the mass on this day at Himlayang Pilipino by the Recoletos Family members in Luzon is canceled.

    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis. Luz Velez, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Jocelyn Lozano, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Jovert Jimenez (RAY-Caidiocan)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Corazon Tolentino, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    VI EDUCAR CONGRESS
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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lolita Esteves, AR
    Sis. Marites Sy, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Estelita Villanueva, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION (1971-2021)
    Fray Regino Bangcaya

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Bernardita Villamor, AR

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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Zenaida Cabanes, AR
    Sr. Ma. Esperanza Mae Valmores, AR
    Bro. Ernesto Neri, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Arabella Ananoria, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
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    +Sis. Agatha Quillope, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    +Sis. Fausta Perez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio, Jr.
    Fray Rey Jay Quevedo (simply prof.)
    Andrei John Ea (RAY-Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Federico de la Rosa (2000-2021)

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    November 6, 2021

    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Leoncia Bandal, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR
    Sr. Liezl Palabrica, AR
    Sis. Nimfa Buenaventura, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Jeaseamaine Genelaso (RAY-Provincialate)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +SARF members with undetermined date (m/d/y) of death:

    Cavite Chapter:

    +Bro. Rodelio Pacis, SAR
    +Bro. Dominador Magtoto, SAR
    +Sis. Loreta Escalona, SAR
    +Sis. Marie Escobar, SAR
    +Sis. Pilar Fajardo, SAR
    +Sis. Juanita Fernandez, SAR
    +Sis. Rizalina Gomez, SAR
    +Sis. Luz Lareza, SAR
    +Sis. Luz Llamado, SAR
    +Sis. Zenaida Madlangsacay, SAR
    +Sis. Felicidad Magbanua, SAR
    +Sis. Aurelia Magtoto, SAR
    +Sis. Juanita Mercado, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Monteclaro, SAR
    +Sis. Teofista Montemayor, SAR
    +Sis. Josefina Olaes, SAR
    +Sis. Concepcion Papa, SAR
    +Sis. Eugenia Reyes, SAR
    +Sis. Maria Rodriguez, SAR
    +Sis. Evangelina Rustia, SAR
    +Sis. Purificacion Samala, SAR
    +Sis. Cely Santillan, SAR
    +Sis. Josefina Santos, SAR
    +Sis. Catalina Sartre, SAR
    +Sis. Elena Solis, SAR
    +Sis. Soledad Columna, SAR
    +Sis. Priscilla Encarnacion, SAR
    +Sis. Remedios Francisco, SAR
    +Sis. Paz Adriano, SAR
    +Sis. Gloria Agana, SAR
    +Sis. Esther Aguicho, SAR
    +Sis. Angela Almario, SAR
    +Sis. Isabelita Antonio, SAR
    +Sis. Isabel Asistones, SAR
    +Sis. Isabel Asistones, SAR
    +Sis. Elpidia Bonanza, SAR
    +Sis. Barbara Borromeo, SAR
    +Sis. Constancia Crescini, SAR
    +Sis. Modesta Custodio, SAR
    +Sis. Gloria de Castro, SAR
    +Sis. Velia de Guzman, SAR
    +Sis. Fortunata de la Vega, SAR
    +Sis. Virginia Soriano, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Tacuyan, SAR
    +Sis. Soledad Tirona, SAR
    +Sis. Corazon Victa, SAR
    +Sis. Aurora Victoriano, SAR
    +Sis. Remedios Vitancol, SAR
    +Sis. Pat dela Vega, SAR
    +Sis. Paz Benitez, SAR

    Tondo Chapter:
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    +Bro. Jesus Silvestre Jose, SAR
    +Bro. Leonardo Ostia, SAR
    +Bro. David Remedios, SAR
    +Bro. Numeriano Villamea, SAR
    +Sis. Pilar Adriano, SAR
    +Sis. Ma. Viz Dayap, SAR
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    +Sis. Dolores de Jose, SAR
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    +Sis. Lucia Garcia, SAR
    +Sis. Susan Grulla, SAR
    +Sis. Conchita Ninal, SAR
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    +Sis. Dolores Pangan, SAR
    +Sis. Juniolita Soquilon, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Tuazon, SAR
    +Sis. Felicitas Umali, SAR
    +Sis. Estrellita Villamea, SAR
    +Sis. Pacita Villamor, SAR
    +Sis. Virginia Villanueva, SAR
    +Sis. Carmelita Zaldariaga, SAR

    Manila Chapter:
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    +Sis. Carina Juan, SAR
    +Sis. Norma Aquino, SAR
    +Sis. Cirila Villan, SAR

    Miranila Chapter:
    +Sis. Fortunata Castañeda, SAR
    +Sis. Lilia dela Paz, SAR
    +Sis. Amancia Gagui, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Manese, SAR

    Provincialate Chapter:
    +Sis. Elnora Bobiles, SAR
    +Sis. Lorenza Liwag, SAR

    Talisay Chapter:
    +Bro. Rodolfo Mijares, SAR

    Baguio Chapter:
    +Bro. Thomas Buenaobra, SAR

    Cebu Chapter:
    [543 deceased SARF members]

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    BLD. GRATIA OF KOTOR, Religious
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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Palomo, AR
    Sis. Florence Fajatin, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Zenaida Alix, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Petrona Camay, SAR (Laray Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Galinato, AR
    Bro. Diosdado Dayao, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Diosdada Uy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Ramchand Mansukhani, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Ofelia Sanchez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Jaruda, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Jesus Pastor Paloma (1996-2021)
    +Sis. Francisca de los Santos, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    Sr. Hermosilla Torreon, AR
    Sis. Janet Palencia, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Lourdes de San Agustin, AR
    +Sis. Cristina Sablada, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Gemma Netollama, AR
    Sr. Christie Maquiling, AR
    Sis. Alma Jocson, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Fernanda Balaba, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristine Tenio, AR
    Sis. Yolanda Fortus, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Rosina Torres, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Corazon Nartia, AR
    +Sis. Luisa Bautista, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    November 13, 2021

    AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO’S 1,667th BIRTHDAY

    ALL SAINTS OF THE ORDER

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Mo. Remedios de la Cruz, AR
    +Sr. Rechilda Llorando, AR

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    November 14, 2021

    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
    (cf. Pope Francis’ Message: “The poor will always have with you”)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Clementina Galve, AR
    Sr. Luzviminda Escal, AR
    Bro. Romeo David, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Melanie Oquias, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Angela Lachica (RAY-Miranila)

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    November 15, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR (Tangub Monastery)
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Abellaniza, AR
    Sis. Adela Alfredo, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Encarnacion del Santissimo Sacramento, AR
    +Sr. Consolacion Salamanca, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Belen Muñez, AR
    +Sr. Juana Mirasol, AR

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    November 16, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roldan Benemerito (simply prof.)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Carmen Alba, AR
    +Sis. Irene Bitala, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    1ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOLEMN DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH AND ALTAR OF OLMCP-R, CEBU CITY AND VIGIL MASS OF LA SALUD
    Mass Presider: Bp. Midyphil Billiones, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu
    Live streaming @ 5:00 P.M.

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    November 17, 2021

     

    Fiesta Mass of La Salud @ OLMCP-R Cebu
    Live streaming @ 5:30 P.M.

    Fiesta Mass of La Salud @ SNDTP Quezon City
    Live streaming @ 6:00 P.M.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nestor Raras
    Fray James Francis Bago (simply prof.)
    Sis. Marielou Aventajado, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Leonora Bonifacio, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    November 18, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Elena Sibug, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Caberoy, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ricarda Raganas, AR
    +Sis. Cleofe Melegrito, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    November 19, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    FOURTH CENTENARY OF THE 1ST GENERAL CHAPTER OF THE RECOLETOS / November 19-30, 1621

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Dolores Diana, AR
    Sr. Nobie Noman, AR
    Sr. Ma. Jeanne Partosa, AR
    Sr. Josephine Tanio, AR
    Sis. Isabelitra Gregorio, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Gizelle del Rosario, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Nelfa Roselim, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Monica Lorevella Negre (RAY-Talisay)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Mo. Eufemia Lauzon, AR
    Bro. Michael Valle, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Felisa Fernandez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Rea Mae Avila (RAY-Provincialate)
    Jasper Caranyagan (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (2001-2021)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Celestina de San Nicolas de Tolentino, AR
    +Bro. Norberto Timbol, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    November 21, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

    WORLD YOUTH DAY 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Angelice Tan (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF APPOINTMENT AS ARCHBISHOP
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung (Diocese of Kaoshiung, Taiwan)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1998-2021)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Santos Serato (2003-2021)
    +Sr. Ma. Clara Flores, AR

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    November 22, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Joselito Bondoc, SAR (Tondo Chapter) S
    is. Jelly Azada, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Daisy de la Torre, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Consejo de Santa Monica, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Paulita Llacer, AR

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    November 23, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Erika Nicole Fruylan (RAY-Bacolod)

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    November 24, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Sr. Fulgencia Relos, AR
    Sr. Cathryn Nove Vila, AR
    Sis. Flora Atienza, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Maria Cecilia Batongbakal, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sherwin Louie Laserna (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Imelda Lachica, AR
    +Sr. Mary Bernard Matanguihan, AR
    +Sis. Julieta Savellano, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    November 25, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes, Jr
    Sr. Ma. Ninfa Inzon, AR
    Bro. Erasmo Degamo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Conrada Manrique, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Kate Lynn Alvarado (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Carmela de Santa Teresita, AR
    Sr. Francisca Abad, AR

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    November 27, 2021

    MEETING OF THE PRIORS PROVINCIAL WITH THE PRIOR GENERAL AND COUNCIL
    November 27-December 4 / Casa de San José, Madrid

    MEETING OF THE PRE-CAPITULAR COMMISSION OF THE 56TH GENERAL CHAPTER
    November 27-December 4 / Casa de San José, Madrid

    DIACONAL ORDINATION (Philippines)
    Fray Ricky John A. Austria
    Fray Julius James T. Tinapao
    Fray James Erold P. Gatinao
    Ordaining Prelate: Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches
    OLCP, Miranila, Quezon City/9:30 A.M.

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ivan Cuison (simply prof.)
    Sr. Antonietta Castañares, AR
    Sr. Rhiza Eltanal, AR
    Bro. Valeriano Pariñas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Carmen Labay, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    November 28, 2021

    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    PRAYER INTENTION:  FOR THE MISSION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    XXIII FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
    of the PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO (1998-2021)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eva Grace Cadungog, AR
    Bro. Ruel Alcedo, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Rosario Galang, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Jaycell Castillo (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2013-2021)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan

    10th ANNIVERSARY (2011-2021) OF ACCEPTANCE AS BROTHERS/SISTER GENERAL OF THE ORDER (OAR)

    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton
    Dr. Milagros Espina

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Marina Satin, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    November 29, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Glynn Ortega
    Sis. Iluminada Lucio, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Ester Anacleto, AR
    +Sis. Bernardita Broce, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    November 30, 2021

    ANDREW, apostle

    Holiday: BONIFACIO DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Andres Benitez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Bonifacio Baran, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Belen Buncag, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    Note: Local Priors, pls. prepare to submit your Community Reports

    

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