Recoletos de Caidiocan: where are you?

Provincial Curia, QUEZON CITY – Roughly 15 kms from Dumaguete City, capital of the province of Negros Oriental, or around 7 kms from the poblacion proper of the municipality of Valencia where it politically belongs, the hinterland barangay of Caidiocan nestles on the hillsides and a forested topography made famous by the geothermal operations of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC).

Fray Jay Parilla, OAR, the first Local Prior of Recoletos de Caidiocan.

Although these descriptions can somehow help one who is unfamiliar with the place locate where the newly established community of Recoletos friars is, nevertheless there is something more to the question “Where are you?” that Fray Jay Parilla, OAR relayed to other local priors two weeks ago.

During the first ever assembly of the elected and appointed priors of the St. Ezekiel Moreno Province last September 14 here at the Povincialate, Fray Parilla, the appointed local prior of the three-member Recoletos de Caidiocan community, made an inspiring report on the status of his community’s life and mission project.

Despite the ongoing major renovation of the convent and the transition it is undergoing as a new community, the brothers are finding ways to be faithful in their common observances as religious and in the compliance of their apostolic works.

 

Since 1984

The Recollect presence in Valencia (formerly Nueva Valencia, then Luzurriaga) began in mid-1850s. The Recoletos friars of yore were responsible for the birth of the town and the parish dedicated to Our Lady of the Abandoned.

Fray Pedro Ko, OAR is credited for the construction of the actual edifice of the parish church and the San Pedro Academy (SPA). The latter was built in 1963.

Then, in 1984, an educational apostolate began in Caidiocan, one of the 24 barangays of this “Little Baguio of Negros Oriental,” through the San Pedro Academy-Recoletos (SPA-R). The nearby school chapel-cum-kumbento became the St. Ezekiel Moreno Chaplaincy in 1997. And upon the directive of Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete, it became a quasi-parish last triennium.

 

7th Provincial Chapter

In his letter to the Prior General, Father Provincial noted that he and his Provincial Council is “heeding the call of the 7th Provincial Chapter of the Province to revitalize and restructure our overall pastoral apostolate … in Caidiocan.”

The said Chapter framed three decisions related to Caidiocan: (a) “Finishing the study on the possibility of establishing a religious community in Caidiocan”; (b) “Designating a team of religious to closely supervise SPA-R in Caidiocan”; and (c) “In establishing new communities, preference is given to those located in the peripheries.”

Since the study of the possibility of creating a new community had promptly been done purposively to closely supervise the school apostolate there, the Prior Provincial convincingly expressed the mind of the Council: “Now the time has come to intensify our presence and strengthen our ministries in Caidiocan by establishing a religious community.”

 

Bishop Julito Cortes, DD, of the Diocese of Dumaguete.

Approval of the bishop

In compliance with the universal and particular norms, Father Selma formally asked for the consent of the local ordinary “that we establish a new and separate Recollect community in Caidiocan, Valencia, Negros Oriental.”

He assured the bishop “that this new foundation forms part of our LAMP (Life and Mission Project) as we intend to accomplish our tasks always in collaboration with you, being the father of the diocese, as well as in synchrony with the pastoral program of your ecclesiastical jurisdiction.”

In his April 2, 2018 letter to Father Provincial, Bishop Cortes gave the positive response: “With this letter please be informed that with the Board of Consultors (BOC) I have resolved during our BOC Meeting last March 27, 2018 to give consent to Your Province … in establishing a new and separate Recollect community in Caidiocan…”

 

Consent of the Prior General

Having secured all the necessary papers, Father Provincial forwarded to the General Curia in Rome the petition for the consent of the major superior in order to erect a “domus non formata” or a house whose establishment, according to number 433 of the OAR Constitutions, requires prior consent of the Prior General.

Then came the reply dated June 4, 2018 which, in part, said: “In compliance with (Const. 433) I have informed the General Council about your proposal in its session of May 29 of the present year, and may I inform you that I am giving my consent for the establishment of a house non formata in Caidiocan.”

With that, the Prior Provincial and his Council established the 23rd Recoletos community of the Province.

 

 

Composition of the community

Fray Excel Saycon, OAR, Priest-In-charge of St. Ezekiel Moreno Quasi-Parish.
Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo, OAR, Director/Principal of San Pedro Academy-Recoletos.

The community is composed of three Recollect religious headed by Fray Parilla, the appointed local prior, house librarian, and CSEC-R (Commission on Social and Ecological Concerns-Recoletos) anchor. He is also the Priest in-charge of the San Vicente Ferrer Quasi Parish in Apo Island which belongs to the town of Dauin, Negros Oriental.

The other two members are Fray Excel Saycon and Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo. Fray Saycon is the Local Procurator, Local Vocation Promoter, Priest In-charge of the St. Ezekiel Moreno Quasi Parish, and School Treasurer of SPA-R. Fray Hamo is the House Chronicler, House Liturgist, Chapter Secretary, School Director and Principal of SPA-R.

Meantime, while the huge renovation is going on, only two rooms are available in the convent, and these are occupied by Frays Hamo and Saycon. Fray Parilla takes his temporary residence at Recoletos de Valencia community. “He goes up to Caidiocan during mass schedules, community meetings and other important occasions, but not everyday to save fuel,” the local prior disclosed.

 

Areas of Apostolate

The brothers of Caidiocan are attending to three areas of apostolate: the quasi parish in Caidiocan and the one in Apo Island, and the school (SPA-R). In due time, they will also form a local chapter for the Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity (SARF) and the Recollect Augustinian Youth (RAY), Fray Parilla said.

The St. Ezekiel Moreno Quasi Parish covers 19 chapels. The roads to most of these remain rugged and quite challenging especially during rainy season. With the new community closer to them now, the Catholic faithful are becoming more active in going to their respective chapel.

Fray Parilla was proud to report that in the quasi parish, the kneelers are all foamed; repainting of the building and the main gate is nearly finished; LED lights on the outdoor church cross are installed; and the designated Priest In-charge was already installed by the bishop himself last August 19, patronal fiesta of the quasi parish.

Counter-clockwise, L-R: The interior of the San Vicente Ferrer Quasi-Parish in Apo Island; one of the tourist attractions of the island—sea turtle; front entrance to Apo Island; and a mosaic, made from tile pieces, depicting the crucified Christ and a prayer “Luwasa Kami” (“Save us”).

The San Vicente Ferrer Quasi Parish in Apo Island covers the 74-hectare volcanic island, a renowned marine sanctuary and tourist destination. Though it belongs to the town of Dauin, it is nearer to the town of Zamboanguita. “Apo,” which is derived from the same Visayan term meaning “grandchild,” is around 7 kms from the coast of Malatapay, a sitio of Zamboanguita, where the Recoletos friars and other passengers usually depart for the island.

In his update, Fray Parilla informed the brothers that the place of worship which is ensconced on a hill was constructed through various generous persons and entities. A view from above reveals the fish-like design of the structure. Recently, tiling of the floors was finished and glass windows were installed. “Just imagine how all those things were transported with the boat from the mainland to Apo,” the Priest In-charge himself wondered.

Clockwise, L-R: Football grounds of San Pedro Academy-Recoletos; the students of SPAR during their morning exercise; SPAR stage with the newly renovated building; and the SPARians attending the flag ceremony during the celebration of the “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa” (Month of National Language).

SPA-R for its part is picking up. This school year, it has a total of 176 enrollees, an improvement to last year’s student population. There are 14 employees in the school: 10 academic personnel, 2 non-academic, and 2 security guards. Rehabilitation and acquisition of physical facilities are also noted and monitored, thanks to the donors and sponsors. Recent achievements in the district level co-curricular and sports activities, enhancement of academic services, and its passing the FAPE (Fund for Assistance to Private Education) Re-Certification are among the visible indices of the progress in the school apostolate.

So, where is Recoletos de Caidiocan now?

It’s in the map of ongoing formation and integral development.

 

(Photo below: The St. Ezekiel Moreno Quasi-Parish Church)

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Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR

Fray Jose Ernil F. Almayo, OAR, is currently the Provincial Secretary of the St. Ezekiel Moreno Province and Chairman of the Commission on Communications and Publications-Recoletos

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    February 1, 2019

    32nd FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1987-2019) OF THE OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION PARISH, Miranila, Quezon City
    Note: The celebration is moved to February 3 (Sunday)

    REGIONAL RAY SUMMIT – LUZON
    Inclusive dates: February 1-3, 2019
    Venue: SSC-R de Cavite, Cañacao Campus
    Theme: “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved. Gifted. Empowered.”

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    FEAST – PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (CANDELARIA)

    WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE

    Day of Consecrated Life- Diocese of Cubao
    Venue: National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Broadway Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City

    15:00 Registration
    15:30 Talk: “Challenges and Prophetic Roles of the Priestly and Consecrated Life in our Time.” Speaker: Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.
    17:00 Snacks
    17:30 Solemn Vespers
    18:00 Eucharistic Celebration Mass Presider: Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D.
    19:00 Fellowship

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Petra Pascual, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Socorro Japson, AR

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    DAY 1: ROME – ABU DHABI
    13:00 Departure by plane from Roma/Fiumicino for Abu Dhabi
    22:00 Arrival at Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport / Official Welcome

    CEAP SUPERINTENDENTS COMMISSION MID-YEAR ASSEMBLY
    Inclusive Dates: February 3-6, 2019
    Venue: L’Fisher Hotel, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ceferino Añez

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Filomena de Jesus, AR

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    DAY 2: ABU DHABI
    12:00 Welcome Ceremony at the main entrance of the Presidential Palace
    12:20 Official visit to the Crown Prince in the Presidential Palace
    17:00 Private meeting with the members of the Muslim Council of Elders in the Grand Mosque of Sheik Zayed
    18:10 Interreligious meeting at the Founder’s Memorial

    MEETING OF THE COMMISSION ON FINANCE AND ASSETS IN ROME
    Inclusive dates: February 4-8, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Bernard Amparado
    Sr. Andrea Cabunilas, AR
    Sr. Jannet Nicer, AR

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    DAY 3: ABU DHABI – ROME
    9:15 Private visit to the Cathedral
    10:30 Holy Mass in the ZAYED SPORTS CITY
    12:40 Farewell Ceremony at Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport
    13:00 Departure by plane for Rome
    17:00 Arrival in Rome/Ciampino International Airport

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray James Castelo
    Fray Jovy Gallego
    Sr. Anselma Millan, AR

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    February 6, 2019

    SPORTSFEST – USJ-R, BALAMBAN CAMPUS
    Inclusive dates: February 6-9, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ronel Gealon
    Mo. Ma. Emilia Gaspillo, AR
    Sr. Doraine Suyko, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Alberto Avanzado

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    February 7, 2019

    13th PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez
    Sr. Ma. Lina Gonzaga, AR
    Sr. Gewena Gay Villarubia, AR

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    February 8, 2019

    5th INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING (cf. LAMP, 52)

    GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING – CORE GROUP OF THE SECRETARIAT OF SPIRITUALITY AND FORMATION
    Venue: Bulwagang Recoletos Atrium
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Elflida Palma, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Elpidio Sarita, Jr.

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    February 10, 2019

    20th INAUGURATION ANNIVERSARY (1999-2019)
    OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

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    OUR LADY OF LOURDES

    WORLD DAY OF THE SICK (cf. LAMP, 52)

    90th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE LATERAN TREATY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF VATICAN CITY (1929)

    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF BISHOP-ELECT RONALD IGNACIO LUNAS of PAGADIAN

    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF VOCATIONS AND YOUTH – SECTION FOR VOCATION MINISTRY
    Rome / February 11-12, 2019

    PATRONAL FIESTA – OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHAPLAINCY
    Brgy. Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental

    23rd ANNIVERSARY of the RST-UST Affiliation (1995-2019)

    ARRIVAL OF FATHER GENERAL FOR VISITA DE RENOVACION – ST. EZEKIEL PROVINCE

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Filomena Oliva, AR
    Sr. Marisa Dacuya, AR

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (2017-2018)
    Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Fray John Paul Tanquis

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    INSTALLATION OF BISHOP-ELECT DAVID WILLIAM ANTONIO OF ILAGAN

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE INAGAWAN

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF VOCATIONS AND YOUTH, WITH THE PRESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARIAT
    Rome / February 13-14, 2019

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE PLARIDEL

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    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE CASIAN

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    75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ABBEY OF MONTE CASINO (1944)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Maria Aurora Baygan, AR

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    FATHER GENERAL’S MEETING WITH THE AR SISTERS & SARF-PALAWAN CHAPTERS AT SEMSDC, PUERTO PRINCESA

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Porferia Tundag, AR

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    CULMINATION OF ESCUELA DE FORMACION IN COLOMBIA

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE BALAMBAN

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Virgilio Paredes, Jr.

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    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF SPIRITUALITY AND FORMATION – SECTIONS FOR INITIAL AND PERMANENT FORMATION
    Colombia

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE LARAY
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jerik Troy Siozon
    Fray Mark Saludes

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Genoveva del Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR

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    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF SPIRITUALITY AND FORMATION WITH THE PRESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARIATS OF SPIRITUALITY AND FORMATION
    Colombia

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE CEBU

    ARRIVAL OF FRAY ANTONIO CARRON FROM ROME

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2003-2019)
    Most. Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, D.D. (Bishop of Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Pia de San Sebastian, AR
    Sr. Josefina Disen, AR

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    FATHER GENERAL JOINS MEETING WITH GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF APOSTOLATE
    Talavera House of Prayer-Recoletos, Cebu City

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ines de Padua, AR

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    MEETING WITH PRESIDENTS OF EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES
    Inclusive dates: February 21-24, 2019

    PRESENTATION OF FRAY CARRÓN AND MESSAGE FROM FATHER GENERAL WITH ALL RELIGIOUS, LAY ADMIN AND FACULTY & STAFF OF THE RECOLETOS SCHOOLS IN CEBU, TOGETHER WITH THOSE WORKING IN THE PASTORAL MINISTRY IN CEBU
    Venue: USJ-R Center for Performing Arts, Cebu / 10:00 – 12:00
    Theme: “Recoletos Youth in Mission and Communion: Beloved. Gifted. Empowered.”

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nimrod Launio

    ANNIVERSARY OF CREATION AS CARDINAL
    (2001-2019)
    Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Aniceta de la Santisima Trinidad, AR

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    FEAST – CHAIR OF ST. PETER
    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE VALENCIA
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Flora Silverio, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Lucila Reyes, AR

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    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE TAMBO

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ana Maria Rosello, AR
    Sr. Exaltacion Lagrimas, AR

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    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE SAN CARLOS

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Rommel Rubia

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Jesusa de Vera, AR

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    February 25, 2019

    33rd ANNIVERSARY OF EDSA PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION (1986-2019)

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE BACOLOD

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Roselyn Jardenil, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Wenifreda Sajorda, AR

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    February 26, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Julius James Tinapao [simple prof.]

    PRESENTATION OF FRAY CARRÓN AND MESSAGE FROM FATHER GENERAL WITH ALL RELIGIOUS, LAY ADMIN AND FACULTY & STAFF OF THE RECOLETOS SCHOOLS IN NEGROS, TOGETHER WITH THOSE WORKING IN THE PASTORAL MINISTRY IN NEGROS
    UNO-R, Bacolod/ 10:00 – 12:00

    BLESSING OF THE UNO-R IS BUILDING

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Severino Cuesta (2000-2019)
    Sr. Teresa Constantino, AR

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    February 27, 2019

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION (1982-2019)
    Luis Antonio Card. Tagle (Archdiocese of Manila)

    AM: FATHER GENERAL’S VISIT TO OAR NUNS IN TANGUB MONASTERY

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE TALISAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Teresita Caberte, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Crisanta Armendez, AR
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton (Brother-General of the Order)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Milagros de San Nicolas de Tolentino, AR

  

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