Newly-installed Bacolod Bishop Buzon Visits UNO-R His Alma Mater

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“In omnibus amare, in omnibus servire Domino”

BACOLOD CITY – What a very significant day in the annals of the history of Recoletos de Bacolod Community! It was the feast of its patron Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was the culminating point of the week-long celebration, whose venue was the Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Oratory.

On 10 September 2016, Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, D.D. came home to his alma mater­—the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod City.  UNO-R Campus Minister Father Persiuz Joseph Decena welcomed him to the university and they both headed to Saint Nicholas Oratory, the cavernous church of the university blest by Bishop Camilo Gregorio in 1998. Recently installed on 9 August 2016  as the local ordinary of Bacolod, Bishop Buzon was the main celebrant of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. He was joined by the Recollect Fathers Walthrode Conde, Edcel Celiz, Enrico Silab, Albert Pellazar, Louie Gabinete, Persiuz Joseph Decena, Joel Naranja and diocesan priests Julian N. Bermejo and Brethen Rye Gamala. Brother Joaquin Jamelo OAR assisted in the distribution of the Holy Communion.

The bishop was the local ordinary of the Kabankalan Diocese until 24 May 2016 when he was named Pope Francis to replace the 77-year-old Bishop Vicente Navarra. He headed the Diocese of Kabankalan when he pursued his masteral studies at UNO-R. He had earlier earned units for his Master of Arts in Education, major in Guidance and Counseling, at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. According to University President Fr. Edcel Celiz, UNO-R honored the Cebu City-born prelate as the first bishop to become an alumnus and the first alumnus to become a bishop of Bacolod. The late Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich was awarded with an honorary doctorate by UNO-R.

On the same note, Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza D.D. of San Carlos since 2013 had obtained from UNO-R his A.B. Philosophy (summa cum laude) in 1981 and his Ph. D. in Educational Management in 2009. He is deemed its first alumnus to become a bishop, according to Fr. Celiz.

Bishop Buzon addressed in Hiligaynon the congregation of mass-goers. A great majority were employees, faculty members and students. The Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity members came for the family occasion. All of them filled the Oratory to the rafters. The liturgy was made most solemn, thanks to the hymns sung by the UNO-R Schola Cantorum under the baton of Dirkie M. Rufin.

At the outset, the Bacolod bishop greeted everyone “Happy Fiesta!” He received a loud reply of “Happy Fiesta, Bishop!” He then thanked the Recollect community for having invited him to that activity. Thereafter, he focused on the evangelization tasks of both clergy and lay people. Parish priests should not stay in their kumbentos waiting for the parishioners to come. They must go out of the shelter of the parish rectory and preach the Word of God in the periphery. He expressed his ardent wish for every Catholic to bring the Gospel to every home. What the Protestant missionaries do now in their house-to-house-campaign is nothing new. The method had been done by Catholic missionaries of old. Everyone was earnestly urged to go from house to house. He followed the Christ’s footsteps in His time: to bring the Good News of Salvation to every house, to every family, to several towns in Palestine.

The Catholic lay people, the bishop said, now constitute 99% of the Church, and they are enjoined to help in the evangelization far-off places. The Christian family is the strength of the Church. The family is tasked to knock at the homes and request believers and non-believers, to admonish the sheep gone astray to return to the salvific fold of the Good Shepherd.

The bishop then said St. Nicholas of Tolentino went out to seek the sick and the poor. It was a time of conflict and the holy Augustinian religious set out to preach the Gospel of Reconciliation in the periphery. He preached love, reconciliation of Christ. St. Nicholas declared God’s all-encompassing mercy and compassion in those troubled times.

During Communion, the UNO-R Schola Cantorum with their celestial voices sang the Latin hymn: In omnibus amare, in omnibus servire; in omnibus amare et servire Domino” (In everything love and serve the Lord). The hymn reminisced the historic visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in 2015.

Fr. Persiuz Decena then stood up after communion to thank Bishop Buzon, the diocesan priests, religious sisters, faculty, students, S.A.R.F. members, and all those who made the festive celebration a success.

The UNO-R 2016 service awardees were thereafter called one by one. They stood before the altar and all smiled as they were presented to the photographers and to everyone’s applause.

Immediately afterward, the bishop sprinkled holy water and recited the appropriate prayers on the panecillos de San Nicolás. The people then queued to receive a piece each. This has been the age-old traditional devotional practice in the Augustinian Family the world over. It depicts how St. Nicholas shared with the impoverished and underprivileged the little food he had.

After the meager snacks, Bishop Buzon left the university campus and headed for the Parish of San Nicolas de Tolentino in the adjoining city of Talisay to celebrate the Holy Mass with another Recollect community. The acting local prior of the Recoletos de Bacolod, Father Ronel Gealon, two confreres Father Abraham Latoza and Father Joel Naranja, joined the bishop in the Mass.

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  • All day
    November 1, 2021

    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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    November 2, 2021

    +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
    Sis. Zoraida Abrio, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    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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    November 3, 2021

    VI EDUCAR CONGRESS
    November 3-5, 2021
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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

4
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    November 4, 2021

    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)
    +Sis. Concepcion Rivera, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Agatha Quillope, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    +Sis. Fausta Perez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    November 5, 2021

    NEGROS DAY / AL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE

    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:
    +Bro. Petronilo de Jesus, SAR
    +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
    +Sis. Aurora de Guzman, SAR
    +Sis. Dolores de Jose, SAR
    +Sis. Nenita de Jose, SAR
    +Sis. Narcisa Espiritu, SAR
    +Sis. Lucia Garcia, SAR
    +Sis. Susan Grulla, SAR
    +Sis. Conchita Ninal, SAR
    +Sis. Amelita Paloyo, SAR
    +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:
    +Bro. Gener Montemayor, SAR
    +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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    November 7, 2021

    BLD. GRATIA OF KOTOR, Religious
    (Patron of OAR Lay Collaborators)

    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)

8
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    November 8, 2021

    START OF THE NOVENA TO NUESTRA SRA. DE LA SALUD

    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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    November 9, 2021

    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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    November 10, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    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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    November 11, 2021

    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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    November 12, 2021

    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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  • All day
    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

14
  • All day
    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

16
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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)

19
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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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    November 20, 2021

    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

23
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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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