Celebration of Growth: A Viewpoint from a distance

quo vadis

Journeying through many challenges

As a Province, we will be facing many challenges both in the Philippine Church and in the global Church. The growing challenge to confront is the emerging “internationalization” of the Church as a whole, not anymore from our biased dependency on, nor from the biased positioning of the “European Church,” but more from a worldwide “internationalization” of our Church.

Ten years after having been elevated into a Province, we received the plan to think about “restructuring and revitalization” in our Order, an emerging trend among religious institutes in the 2000’s: fusing, unifying, and re-organizing many Provinces into a single entity. In the Order, we were able to fuse the eight Provinces into four–but only after the two General Chapters (i.e., of 2010 and 2016). It took us time to discern the gaps of the birthing of “restructuring” of some of our Provinces.

Recoletos de Cuba, a community composed of religious coming from different Provinces: Fray Joel Naranja, from Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, Fray Ismael Xuruc, from Province of Candelaria, Fray Noe Servin from Province of San Nicolas and Fray Jairo Gordillo, from Province of Candelaria.

Independence and Beyond Identity

Embracing “independence” is embracing our cultural identity inseparable from our religious consecration. Among our forebears, there were some who insisted though they earlier failed, in managing our institutional structure as an all-Filipino entity; they did not win the battle, but they had gloriously fought a good fight. It was the call of the moment and, at the same time, a projection of what would become in the future: our being a Province now.

What could have been an experience of embracing our religious consecration beyond culture failed to be articulated and defined by the influence of culture-centered sense of entitlement. Our being Christian does not have a class distinction, neither our being religious. Our many experiences should make us embrace our culture humbly and be able to share our own with others; empower others without putting limits to their own identity; and make the Church, a church for others – with shared ministry. Not exclusive, but inclusive.

First batch of common Mes de Preparacion in Spain where friars from different Provinces were gathered to prepare for their Solemn Profession.

Present and Future Challenges

In a not-so-distant future, without the many juridical barriers of our “Provincial system” of governance, the Order would be able to practically embrace a functional intra-cultural collective governance. With the experience of our “challenged” communities and Provinces in Europe, existing yet challenged by vocation and personnel crises, we are at the threshold of making a singular collective congregation – diffusing Provincial barriers; and thereby making the religious participate in co-creative spaces of assignment.

Pope Francis was right when he challenged us about “the temptation of survival,” an emerging dangerous sub-culture in religious communities. He said: “The mentality of survival makes us reactionaries, fearful, slowly and silently shutting ourselves up in our houses and in our own preconceived notions… It makes us want to protect spaces, buildings and structures, rather than to encourage new initiatives. The temptation of survival makes us forget grace…” (Pope Francis, XXI World Day of Consecrated Life, 2017)

These are real counter-communitarian sub-cultures embraced institutionally, and even by those in the leadership. Really emerging around this time are attempts to deconstruct the existing crisis among religious institutes i.e., from crisis of vocations to managing of resources. Internally, in the Augustinian Family, we need to try to re-think of a mythical yet possible “Second Great Union” concept of consolidating the richness of our ministries, resources and diverse cultural identities, and, in a way, to positively identify the “multicultural transformation”—according to PopeFrancis—of religious life as challenged now and in the near future.

Beyond 20

Tracing our beginnings from within the Augustinian family, to the founding moment during the Chapter of Toledo in 1588, to the arrival of the Augustinian Recollect missionaries in the Philippines in 1606 (plus the many succeeding missionary journeys bearing fruits of sacrifices, holiness and martyrdom among our missionaries), to the many attempts of “Filipinization” until November 28, 1998 when we received the official decree of establishment as the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno… In all these, the Holy Spirit continuously inspires and accompanies our grace-filled existence, as Pope Francis said: “[H]e never tires of being creative! Now, with the new forms of consecrated life, he is truly creative, with charisms…. It is interesting: he is the Author of Diversity, but at the same time the Creator of Unity. This is the Holy Spirit. And with this diversity of charisms and many other things, he creates the unity of the Body of Christ, and also the unity of consecrated life. And this, too, is a challenge” (Pope Francis, May 4, 2018).

After 20 years, and counting for the coming 25th year, we anchor our being a Province in our preparation to embrace the many creative challenges of the global church. This possibly includes re-thinking our ministries (now active in Sierra Leone, Saipan and Indonesia), divesting ourselves of our securities and insecurities, cleansing our own personal and institutional systems, embracing real communion from within and from among our people, and again, being responsive to the challenge and call of the Holy Spirit. Let us be creators of communion.

(Photo below): “Quo vadis?” This was the question asked by Fray Dionisio Selma, OAR, during his address to the religious gathered for the 20th founding anniversary of the Province.

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Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR

Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR

Religious Brother of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lourdes Tablizo, AR
    Sr. Constancia Buchan, AR
    Sis. Marissa Molina, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Khia Queen Taiza (RAY-Calubang)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Teresa de Jesus, AR
    +Sis. Susan Bermil, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Charina Mae Ogario, AR
    Sis. Merlinda Buada, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Karl Canaria (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Luis Clauor Jr., SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

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    March 3, 2021

    24rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCE’S PRENOVITIATE PROGRAM

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emeterio Buñao
    Fray Andrie Pugate
    Sr. Felisa Ampasin, AR
    Sr. Josephine Facinabao, AR
    Sis. Marina Yang, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Dolores Villas, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Teodora de la Natividad, AR
    +Sis. Angelita Quero, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    March 4, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Araceli Angeles, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Lucila Garcia, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Thelma Geroy, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Celina Magcauas, AR
    +Sis. Josefina Cedeño, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Esperanza Bacus, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    March 5, 2021

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO IRAQ DAY 1
    -Official Welcome and Visit with Civil Authorities (in Baghdad)
    -Meeting with Priests and Religious Groups

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Nelly Marfil, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Teodorica de Natividad, AR

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    March 6, 2021

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO IRAQ DAY 2
    -Visit to Najaf
    -Mass in Baghdad

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Randolph Castulo Castillo, Jr.
    Sr. Rosalia Aparece, AR
    Sr. Ma. Corazon Caberte, AR
    Sr. Ridelia Tinga, AR
    Sis. Marybeth Publico, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Rosalina Toledo, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Josefina Rodriguez, AR
    +Sis. Rosemary Delapaz, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    +Mrs. Leonila Dosado (Sister General of the Order)

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    THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO IRAQ DAY 3
    -Visit to Erbil and to Mosu
    -Meeting with community in Qaraqosh
    -Holy Mass in Erbil

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Jayzl Nebre, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Bro. Feliciano Nario Jr., SAR (Baguio Chapter)

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    March 8, 2021

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO IRAQ DAY 4
    -Farewell Ceremony & Departure for Rome

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Beta Oida, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Roceline Bernal (RAY-Cavite)
    James Ynnoh Molina (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Rita de la Cruz, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Guadalupe Siroy, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Natalia Oliver, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Loreto Manigos, AR
    Sr. Merlyn Pelarion, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Faustina Almanza Nirza, AR

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    March 10, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Keneth Pahamutang
    Fray Ifeanyichukwu Maximillian Omem
    Sis. Elenita Atienza, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Theresa Aquino, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Na. Lourdes Espinos, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Choleta Jalandra, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Briggitte Parba, AR
    Sr. Maria Jasmin Lumanog, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marisa Bernasor, AR
    Mo. Dionisia Talangapaz+ (Foundress of the AR Sisters)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Inocencia Beringuel, AR

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    8TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ELECTION OF POPE FRANCIS (2013-2021)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Digna Araña, AR
    Sr. Ma. Nicelina Rodriguez, AR
    Sis. M. Cristina Galang, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Adelina Belandres, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Cyrine Julianne Singson (RAY-Cavite)
    Aaron Kristopher Lim (RAY-San Carlos)

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    FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, DD (Diocese of Bacolod)
    Sr. Ma. Clara Flores, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Lucia Ruiz, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Leonila Buhain, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

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    START OF THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY WEEK CELEBRATIONS – OUR LADY OF PEACE & GOOD VOYAGE, TONDO

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Lauro Larlar
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Sr. Rosielyn Hijastro, AR
    Sis. Marlyn Opo-an, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Milagros Calipay, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Enrique Jerome Garcia (RAY-Cavite)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Visitacion B. Visitacion, AR
    +Sis. Lourdes Luna, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Maria Carmeta Suiza, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Jesus Lastimado, AR

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    March 18, 2021

    INSTALLATION OF FRAY JOSEPH CYPRIAN J. PANALIGAN, OAR
    as the new Parish Priest of Our Lay of Mt. Carmel Parish-Recoletos, Cebu City

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    March 19, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY and PATRON OF THE ORDER

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP 5c) 8TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INSTALLATION OF POPE FRANCIS (2013-2021)

    64TH PARISH FIESTA of St. Joseph Parish / Xiaogang, Kaohsiung (Taiwan)
    Time: 8:00 p.m.
    Mass Presider: Most Rev. Peter Liu, DD

    USJ-R: PATRONAL FIESTA OF ST. JOSEPH

    BIRTHDAY
    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archbishop of Cebu)
    Sis. Eleanor Almenanza, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Jessica Bacaltos, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Marian Sigrid Escobar (RAY-Bacolod)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE & SOLEMN PROFESSIONS
    Sr. Shirley Nonato, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Trinidad de la Purisima Concepcion, AR
    +Sis. Enriquieta Oamilda, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Bro. Gonzalo Pañares, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo
    Sis. Josefina Guevarra, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Salvacion Manalon, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Earl Vincent Blaza (RAY-Miranila)

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    FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Mark Rochelle Renacia
    Sis. Corazon Yanga, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Grace Katada, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Rose Mary Chua, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Felicitas Aquino, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Lina Ferrer, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Teodulo Hayahay
    Sis. Milagros Renes, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Leonila del Rosario, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Josefa Asuncion, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Nichole Cabamo (RAY-Laray)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Cecilia Salgado, AR

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    March 24, 2021

    CEAP SUPERINTENDENTS COMMISSION ONLINE MID-YEAR ASSEMBLY
    Theme: “Sustaining Catholic Education: Restoring Hope Towards A Transformative Future”

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Christopher Gaspar
    Sis. Hedelita Diaz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Clemencia Luces, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Anunciacion Yballe, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ann Marjorie Ricarte (Trial / Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Purificacion del Espiritu Santo, AR
    +Sr. Magdalena Salgado, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Gloria Mempin, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Felicitas Calopez, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Edward de Silva, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Bro. Samuel Celerino Favila, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Josefina Magalit, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Aira Joy Legaspi (RAY-Talisay)

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    March 28, 2021

    PALM SUNDAY

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c) EARTH HOUR (cf. LAMP 52)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Agustina Santos, AR
    Sr. Dorothy Aguila, AR
    Sis. Virginia Lazaro, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Bro. Reynaldo Aparicio, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Lolita Jara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Gregoria de San Jose, AR

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    March 29, 2021

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (2008-2021)
    Fray William Cordero, Jr.
    Fray Roderick Deguit

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    March 30, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Mo. Maxima Pelaez, AR
    Fray Jose Enrico Gallego [simply prof.]
    Sis. Juanita Pajarillaga, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Jelly Masongsong, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Roberta Panoncillo, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Anastacia Fangon, AR
    Br. Audel Ken Santillan [prenov seminarian]

   

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