Sierra Leone West Africa

FIRST ATTEMPT

 

1994      

Father Prior General offered the new ministry in Africa to the St. Nicholas Province.

1995      

Provincial representatives, Frs. Joseph Philip Trayvilla and Jose Ma. Juango flew to Freetown, Sierra Leone to talk with Bishop Giorgio Biguzzi of the Makeni Diocese.

August 1, 1996  

After careful study and considerations, the provincial council formally accepted the new pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Makeni.

December 1997

Arrival of the first Recollect missionaries (2 Spaniards: Frs. Santiago Marcilla, prior, and Luis Antonio Fernandez; 2 Filipinos: classmates Frs. Manuel Lipardo and Raul Buhay: 1 Australian: Bro. Patrick Hubert Diviny).

January 18, 1998             

Fr. Jose Luis Garayoa arrived and joined the group.

January 18, 1998             

Being their first Sunday in the parish, they made their first missionary visits “to some thirty small towns among the luxuriant greenery”.

February 1998  

Civil war broke out. Fr. Garayoa was held captive by the rebels but was later freed.

January 12, 1999             

Last two Recollects in Africa, Frs. Fernandez and Lipardo arrived in Madrid via Guinea Conakry border.

SECOND ATTEMPT

 

November 28, 1998        

52th General Chapter decreed thew establishment of the new OAR Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno to which the mission post in Sierra Leone was entrusted.

March 29, 2004

Accompanied by Fr. Rene Paglinawan, classmates Frs. Don Besana and Edgar Tubio arrived in Sierra Leone.

April 5, 2004      

Meeting with Louis Koroma, first native aspirant to the Order, who would later be sent to the Pre-major Seminary in Kenema.

April 8, 2004      

Re-establishment of the Recollect presence in Kamabai.

May 27, 2004    

Arrival of Fr. Louie Gabinete, accompanied by vFr. Buhay. (Fr. Paglinawan has left for Rome on May 17.)

November 18-25, 2004 

First visit of Prior Provincial, Fr. Lauro Larlar.

June 2, 2005      

Visit of the reelected Fr. General Desiderio Guerra, accompanied by new volunteer missionaries: Frs. Rene Paglinawan, Francisco Antoniop and Casimiro Lee.

Personnel turn-over later this same year: The Following left for the Philippines: Fr. Gabinete (20 September); Fr. Antonio (25 September); Fr. Besana (October) and Fr. Paglinawan (December). Arrival of Fr. Jose Luis Garayoa from Spain (29 September).

2006      

Personnel turn-over: Fr. Tubio left for the Philippines (12 February); reinforcement with the arrival of Frs. Manuel Lipardo and Vicente Ramon (4 July).

June 2006           

First Filipino lay volunteer, Ms. Joy Pasaporte, a USJ-R alumna, went to Sierra Leone.

2007      

Personnel turn-over: Fr. Ramon left for the Philippines (March), then followed by Fr. Lee (May). Fr. Tubio returned to Sierra Leone (27 April). Arrival of Bro. Jonathan Jamero in Kamabai (12 June) and Fr. Abraham Latoza (15 August).

May 19, 2007    

Recollects took over the Parish of Kamalu (or Kamalo), with Fr. Tubio as its first parish Priest.

June 1, 2007      

Arrival of Fr. Joseph Shonibare of the St. Nicholas Province, who, two days after joined Fr. Tubio in Kamalu.

July 29, 2007     

Official turn-over of Kamalu parish by bishop biguzzi to the Recollects represented by Fr. Larlar.

August 15, 2008               

Fr. Latoza left for the Philippines.

ACOMPLISHED PROJECTS IN KAMABAI

  • Chapels constructed (8): Mile 14, Kamoi, Kamahera, Kadagbana II, Kamagbabaranthan, Bunbankakendek, Kamabala, Kabakakarathon.
  • New Schools (3): in villages of Kaninakay, Kamayusufu, and Kamathidi.
  • Deep wells (22): in same number of villages.
  • House for volunteers (with 4-selfcontained rooms, office, kitchen and sala)
  • Health: Provided a dental chair, and attended to the medical needs of over 1000 people.
  • Education: with 70 preschool pupils, 320 secondary students, and 20 in college with one in Spain (thanks to CEO Sen Pablo Madrid). scholarship for teachers and salary for those assigned in schools located in remote places.
  • Fencing of the Mission compound in Masarankay.
  • Green House: to boost agricultural production.
  • Signs of vocation: The community is sponsoring the studies of Anthony Tarawalie in the diocesan seminary, and James Koroma who wishes to become a Recollect.

OAR PARISHES within the diocese of Makeni

  1. IN KAMABAI

Our Lady of Sierra Leone Parish

Kamabai, Sierra Leone,

West Africa

  1. IN KAMALU

St. Paul Parish

Kamalu, Sierra Leone

West Africa

UPDATES ON KAMALU

  • Stations: There are 39 centers (1 in Kamalu, 33 in Kamakwie, 3 in Loco, 1 in Kamaranka, 1 in Rogbin). The farthest station is 2 hours from Kamalu (Kamawuni). All outstations can be reached by car. Kamakwie has 2,592 Catholics, with 12 catechumens and 2 volunteer catechists. Church-goers in other areas are fewer with Kamalu ca. 150, Kamaranka 80, Rogbin 100, Kamawuni 250. There is only 1 catechist for this biggest parish in the northern diocese in terms of area.
  • Schools: There are 43 primary schools with 120 teachers, 3 Juniors secondary schools (Kamakwie, Kamalu, Kamaranke) with over 30 teachers. Farthest school is 4 hours away.
  • Accomplished and on-going projects: Deep well, 3 new constructions, renovation of 2 schools, building of 2 huts for overnight stay, repainting of 2 churches, scholarship grants.

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    January 1, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

    54th WORLD DAY OF PEACE

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristita Cha, AR

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    January 2, 2021

    ATTENTION: Provincial-Level Christmas Party is CANCELLED.

    SIMPLE PROFESSION OF VOWS OF FRAY CHRISLEAN REY PAMILAGA
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    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis. Marcelina Nicolas, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY

    500th Year of the Excommunication of Martin Luther (1521-2021)

    60th Anniversary of the Establishment of a Catholic Hierarchy in Indonesia

    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis Mary Grace Susas, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
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    BIRTHDAY
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    Bro. Jose Pepito Gabriel Bonete, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
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    BIRTHDAY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Juana de la Merced, AR
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    BIRTHDAY
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    RST: START OF ENROLMENT

    BIRTHDAY
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    FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE
    (The traditional Traslación is canceled due to Covid-19)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Rosario Bianes, AR
    Sis. Marcelina Taguinod, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    |+Sr. Dominga Gargarita, AR

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    FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    +Sr. Paulina de la Purisima Corazon de Maria, AR

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    BIRTHDAY

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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    BIRTHDAY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Bro. Hilario Torcedo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    +Sr. Ma. Fortunata Gayumale Gaspillo, AR

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    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    (1998-2021)
    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archdiocese of Cebu)

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Jonathan Casiño, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Bro. Antonio Sonsona, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    BIRTHDAY
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    Bro. Jose Valdez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    BIRTHDAY
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    Bro. Maximo Epanto, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Virgin de la Consolacion, AR

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    COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD RELATIVES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
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    BIRTHDAY
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    BIRTHDAY
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    SSC-R MANILA’s FOUNDATION CELEBRATIONS
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    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis. Anecita Paglinawan, SAR (Laray Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Victor Bendico, DD (Bishop of Baguio)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Marciano Cleofas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
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    Sis. Esterlina Silva, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
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    Analyn Martinez (RAY-Valencia)

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    SOLEMNITY OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL

    CSNT-Rs 50th (1971-2021) FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY Inclusive dates: January 25-30, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Erlinda Casaje, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Bro. Rodelio Gasparillo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Bro. Feddie Junsay, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    BIRTHDAY
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    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
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    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. (Diocese of Imus)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Margarita Zafra, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    BIRTHDAY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Fernanda del Pilar, AR
    Sr. Ines Garcia, AR

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    LAUNCHING OF HEART SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN 2021 / Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno only

    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis. Lourdes Insigne, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Jona Mendoza (RAY-Miranila)

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    BIRTHDAY
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    4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    68th WORLD LEPROSY DAY

    BIRTHDAY
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