Recoletos brand of education revolutionizes school programs in Sierra Leone

Kamalo, SIERRA LEONE – “Transition creates tension” summarized how Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo, OAR, head of the Augustinian Recollect Mission in Sierra Leone and local prior of the Recoletos de Kamalo community, saw the stakeholders’ initial reactions to the educational climate change introduced by the Recoletos friars in their school apostolate here.

As the new school year opened last September, the Recoletos-run St. Paul School (SPS), under the directorship of Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR, proudly displayed and brought into play its new slogan, “One School, One Family, One Heart.”

Fray Castillo said that the slogan intends to reinforce the understanding of the school as a good place not just for learning but also for the sense of belonging.

Starting SY 2018-19, SPS caters already to all school levels of Basic Education, from pre-primary to senior secondary. And its standard, which has always been “top of the line” as Fray Sanchez proudly described it, is continuously raised not just in terms of its physical plant (such as the recent completion of the Pre-School Building, fence, modern toilet system, water facilities, and the school pavilion) but also including other equally important areas of the school operation.

Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR, School Director of St. Paul School in Kamalo, West Africa.

“Now students from all levels can better feel the familial atmosphere. They gather daily as one family for the recitation of prayers, singing of the national anthem, and listening to the announcements,” Fray Castillo noted. “And this is a first in the history of Sanda Loko (a chiefdom in Bombali District where Kamalo belongs), or maybe of the country,” he added.

“However, the numerous developments that had been implemented caused some negative reactions from the parents, teachers, and students,” Fray Castillo recounted, identifying the two highly criticized innovations implemented by the administration, namely, the construction of a more sanitary flush toilet system and the imposition of “time rules” at the school gate.

“These are the things that they have not encountered nor seen before. They are used to the unsanitary pit latrines, and also to doing their daily chores according to the mood of the sun,” Fray Castillo said.

“But, right after the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) meeting, everybody realized that everything was meant for the integral development of their children.” One parent even commented that these, as quoted by Fray Castillo, “are new things that will prepare our children towards a very challenging globalized world.”

Furthermore, the newly-constructed Pre-School Building was blessed just last October 29, 2018 by Fray Castillo.

Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo, OAR, head of the OAR mission in Sierra Leone and prior of Recoletos de Kamalo blessed the newly constructed classrooms of St. Paul School.

“The construction of the school building was made possible through the efforts of the Order of the Augustinian Recollects – Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, the OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) of Sierra Leone, and the local contributors,” he said.

But payment for the so-called “teacher’s incentives” and other related financial needs are met through the consistent contribution of the eponymous St. Paul the Apostle Parish and those of the parents themselves, he also said.

Fray Castillo also pointed out that the pre-school introduced a “heart-set” in their apostolate, an alternative to the cultural “mind-set” of the people that, among others, treats children as the least in the community. The children are the last to eat in a communal gathering, and their daily life normally consists of more work with practically no time for play or leisure. Recoletos Education rides on the current bandwagon of gradually eradicating the dark side of some practices so that the community as a whole can move forward towards a better future.

Some of pre-school pupils of SPS.

“And this made the people realize that the future of Sierra Leone lies in the hands of their children,” Fray Castillo said.

His last updates: “It is very heartwarming to see, on a daily basis, parents sending their small, happy kids to class wearing their clean and complete uniform, with their bags, juice bottles, and lunch packs. It is also notable that majority of the pre-schoolers enrolled at SPS are Catholic.”

The future of Sierra Leone: the young Sierra Leonians.
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Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR

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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    November 1, 2018

    ALL SAINTS’ DAY

    BIRTHDAY:
    Sr. Marjorie Palacat, AR

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    November 2, 2018

    ALL SOULS’ DAY

    ATTENTION: Recoletos de Luzon
    7:00 AM Mass @ Himlayang Pilipino, Quezon City
    Mass Presider: Father Provincial

    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF SPIRITUALITY & FORMATION (Section for Spirituality and Liturgy)
    Venue: Rome

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    November 3, 2018

    VATICAN: HOLY MASS FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOULS OF THE CARDINALS AND BISHOPS WHO DIED OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lolita Esteves, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1971-2018)
    Fray Regino Bangcaya

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Bernardita Villamor, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Zenaida Cabanes, AR
    Sr. Ma. Esperanza Mae Valmores, AR

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    November 5, 2018

    BLD. MARIANO DE LA MATA APARICIO, Priest

    ARSE/SPIRITUAL RETREAT OF WOULD-BE DEACONS
    Inclusive dates: November 5-10, 2018
    Venue: St. John the Baptist Retreat House, Tagaytay

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio
    Fray Rey Jay Quevedo (simple prof)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Federico de la Rosa (2000-2018)

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    November 6, 2018

    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    MEETING (via VIDEOCONFERENCE) OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF APOSTOLATE (Section for Ministerial and Mission Apostolate)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Leoncia Bandal, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR
    Sr. Liezl Palabrica, AR

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    November 7, 2018

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Palomo, AR

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    November 8, 2018

    BLD. AVELINO RODRIGUEZ, Priest, & COMPANIONS, Martyrs

    START OF THE NOVENA TO NUESTRA SRA. DE LA SALUD

    10th PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Galinato, AR
    Fray Jovanie Siesmundo (simple prof)

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    November 9, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Jaruda, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:
    Fray Jesus Pastor Paloma (1996-2018)

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    November 10, 2018

    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF VOCATIONS AND YOUTH MINISTRY / ORGANIZATION OF WDRAY (JMJAR) FOR JANUARY 2019 IN PANAMA
    November 11-12, 2018

    RECOLETOS SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY (RST) DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Hermosilla Torreon, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Lourdes de San Agustin, AR

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    November 11, 2018

    ARRIVAL OF “THE VOYAGERS” FROM THEIR HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

    CENTENARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR I (1918-2018)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Gemma Netollama, AR
    Sr. Christie Maquiling, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Fernanda Balaba, AR

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    November 12, 2018

    ARSE SEMESTRAL RETREAT – BATCH 3
    Inclusive Dates: November 12-16, 2018
    Venue: Talavera House of Prayer-Recoletos, Cebu City

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristine Tenio, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Corazon Nartia, AR

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    November 13, 2018

    ST. AUGUSTINE’S 1664th BIRTHDAY

    ALL SAINTS OF THE ORDER

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Remedios de la Cruz
    Sr. Rechilda Llorando, AR

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    November 14, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Larlar, Jr.
    Sr. Clementina Galve, AR
    Sr. Luzviminda Escal, AR
    Sr. Kenneth Joy Bago, AR

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    November 15, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR (Tangub Monastery)
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Abellaniza, AR

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

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    November 16, 2018

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Carmen Alba, AR

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    November 17, 2018

    SOLEMNITY OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA SALUD
    Holy Mass at SNDT, QC / Time: 6:00 PM

    DIACONAL ORDINATION
    OLCP Church, Miranila, QC / Time: 9:00 AM
    Ordaining Prelate:
    Most Rev. Nolly Buco, D.D.
    (auxiliary bishop of Antipolo)
    Ordinandi:
    Fray Jorr S. Rabacal
    Fray Monday Benjamine Edobor
    Fray Ifeanyichukwu Maximillian Omem
    Fray Jovy A. Gallego
    Fray Andrie S. Pugate
    Fray Jessriel L. Marcha
    Fray Tomokatsu N. Yamaguchi

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nestor Raras

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    November 18, 2018

    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

    125TH ANNIVERSARY OF PROVIDENTISSIMUS DEUS (1893-2018)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ricarda Raganas, AR

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    November 19, 2018

    ARSE/SPIRITUAL RETREAT OF WOULD-BE PRIESTS
    Inclusive dates: November 19-24, 2018
    Venue: St. John the Baptist Retreat House, Tagaytay

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Dolores Diana, AR
    Sr. Nobie Noman, AR
    Sr. Ma. Jeanne Partosa, AR
    Sr. Josephine Tanio, AR

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    November 20, 2018

    MEETING (via VIDEOCONFERENCE) OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF SPIRITUALITY & FORMATION (Section for Initial Formation)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Mo. Eufemia Lauzon, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (2001-2018)
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

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

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    November 21, 2018

    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF SPIRITUALITY & FORMATION (Section for SARF)
    Venue: Madrid, Spain

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

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1998-2018)
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Santos Serato (2003-2018)
    Sr. Ma. Clara Flores, AR

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    November 22, 2018

    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF SPIRITUALITY & FORMATION (Section for Permanent Formation)
    Venue: Madrid, Spain

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

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    November 23, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros

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    November 24, 2018

    MEETING OF THE INSTITUTE OF SPIRITUALITY AND HISTORY OF THE ORDER
    Inclusive Dates: November 24-26, 2018
    Venue: Rome

    5TH ANNIVERSARY OF EVANGELII GAUDIUM (2013-2018)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Fulgencia Relos, AR
    Sr. Cathryn Nove Vila, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Imelda Lachica, AR
    Sr. Mary Bernard Matanguihan, AR

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    November 25, 2018

    SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

    BISHOP PEDRO DE AGURTO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
    (in celebration of his 410th Death Anniversary)
    Inclusive Dates: Nov. 25-27, 2018
    Venue: Bayfront Hotel, Cebu City

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes
    Sr. Ma. Ninfa Inzon, AR

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

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    November 26, 2018

    GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING IN ROME
    November 26-30, 2018
    33rd STUDENTS’ CONGRESS OF RECOLLECT SCHOOLS (SCORES)
    Theme: “Recollect Youth: Promoters of Faith and Vocation”
    Venue: CST-R, San Carlos City
    Inclusive dates: November 26-30, 2018

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    November 27, 2018

    DAY 1 CELEBRATION OF THE 20th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO (1998-2018)
    Venue: Miranila, Quezon City
    Schedule:
    0700 – Arrival
    0800 – Presentation of a Summarized Quadrennial Plans, Projects and Objectives by Secretariats and Commissions
    1200 – Lunch
    1330  -Sports Fest
    1730 – Eucharistic Celebration
    1900 – Dinner/Recoletos Night

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Antonietta Castañares, AR
    Sr. Rhiza Eltanal, AR
    Fray Ivan Cuison (simple prof)

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    November 28, 2018

    DAY 2 CELEBRATION OF THE 20th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO (1998-2018)
    Venue: San Sebastian, Manila
    Schedule:
    0700 – Arrival
    0800 – Program Starts
    – Talk 1: History of the Province
    – Talk 2: Towards the 25th Anniversary of the PSEM
    – Talk 3: Consecrated Life and Climate Change
    1200 – Lunch
    – [1400] Keynote Address
    – Community Singing: Sharing our Vision
    1800 – Basilica Tour
    1800 – Eucharistic Celebration
    1930 – Dinner

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eva Grace Cadungog, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2013-2018)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan

    ANNIVERSARY (2011-2018) OF ACCEPTANCE AS BROTHERS/SISTERS GENERAL OF THE ORDER (OAR)
    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton
    Dr. Milagros Espina
    Mrs. Leonila Dosado

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    November 29, 2018

    BLD. FREDERICK OF REGENSBURG, Religious

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Glynn Ortega

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Ester Anacleto, AR

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    November 30, 2018

    Holiday: BONIFACIO DAY

 

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