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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    August 1, 2021

    JOHN MARIE VIANNEY SUNDAY

    BUWAN NG WIKA STARTS

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Gideon Antolin Lagrimas

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Antonia Canete, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    August 2, 2021

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE LARAY / August 2-3

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Alejandro Leongas Jr., SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Bro. Hector Jardinero, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Angeline Ramos, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Vivas, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Amada de Ramos, AR
    +Bro. Armand Commandante, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    August 3, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jay Parilla
    Sr. Felma Elbanbuena, AR
    Bro. Christopher Taclobos, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Bro. Rolando Dulaca, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Carlos Benedict Rizaga (RAY-Balamban)

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    August 4, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP II, 5c)

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE BALAMBAN / August 4

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (Diocese of San Carlos)
    Sr. Felisa Costonera, AR
    Sr. Eleuteria Lao, AR
    Sr. Yvette Galabo, AR
    Sis. Rodora Sienes, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Ofelia Rojo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (Diocese of San Carlos)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Zenaida Ty, AR
    +Sis. Rosalina Derain, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    +Sis. Evelyn Caballero, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    +Sis. Lourdes Alvarez, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

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    August 5, 2021

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE CEBU / August 5-7

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Mark Ryan Prado
    Sis. Nieves Corpuz, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Gloria Ricarte, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Angela Cegegilla, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Rose Lamasan, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2007-2021)
    +Fray Oscar de la Rosa

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    August 6, 2021

    TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

    CHARTER DAY OF CEBU PROVINCE

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Augustina Sapid, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Dumas, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Anita Buenavista, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Winnie Sumbillo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Consuelo de San Agustin, AR
    +Bro. Nicolas Pelegro, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    +Sis. Estella Buelo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Francisca Capistrano, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    +Sis. Carmen Loot, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Fortunata Castañeda, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Lilia de la Paz, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Amancia Gagui, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Rosario Manese, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    [Henceforth, every 6th of the month – based on Nov. 6 as the date of the Commemoration of the Deceased Members of the Order
    Note: – will include those deceased SARF members whose death anniversary, due to some reasons, lacks the exact day of the month.]

     

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    August 7, 2021

    PARISH FIESTA (32nd FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY) OF OLCP-R,
    LARAY, TALISAY CITY, CEBU

    Theme: “Gifted to give”
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archbishop of Cebu)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Concepcion Reston, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Concepcion Balin, AR

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    August 8, 2021

    19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Chrislean Rey Pamilaga (simply prof.)
    Bro. Jaime Manrique, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:
    +Sr. Regina Bianes, AR

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    August 9, 2021

    WORLD DAY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (cf. LAMP 52)

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE HINATUAN /
    August 9-11

    BIRTHDAY
    Mayenne Flores (RAY-Baguio)

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    August 10, 2021

    START OF NOVENA TO ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Yolanda Navea, AR Sr. Myrna Arcegono, AR
    Bro. Lorenzo Vincoy, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Patrocinia Santos, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Norma dela Cruz, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Ana Mae Gajete, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Marivic Kee, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Daniela Barong (RAY-Tambo)

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    August 11, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Maribel Catungal (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Virginia Pintor, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    +Sis. Adelaida Pua, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    August 12, 2021

    4th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE QUASI PARISH OF N.S. DEL CARMEN IN HINATUAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Elena Cheng, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Margiolina Macariola, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    August 13, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Jurinda Gamao, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    August 14, 2021

    25TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF SARF-BAGUIO

    BIRTHDAY
    Ross Mabel Polangco (RAY-Cavite)

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    August 15, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

    130th Anniversary (1891-2021)
    of the Consecration of Basilica of San Sebastian

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Church, Fanhua, Zhangzhi Township, Pingtung County (Diocese of Kaohsiung)
    Time: 3:00 p.m.
    Presider: Fray Nimrod Launio, OAR

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Ma. Consolacion Cruz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Collan Claire Bagaporo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Rover Vincent Nahil (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Mo. Ma. del Carmen, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Mamerta de San Agustin AR

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    August 16, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Adoracion Bonto, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1980-2021)
    Fray Constantino Real

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Tomasa de San Jose, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Leonila Pesado, AR

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    August 17, 2021

    CLARE OF MONTEFALCO

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Mashyll Entac, AR
    Sis. Dionisia Cabrera, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    August 18, 2021

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION OF A RELIGIOUS BROTHER
    (2001-2021)
    Fray Raymund Alcedo

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Elena Culaton, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Carmenda Leonoras, SAR (BacolodChapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Rosario Ostia, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    August 19, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP II, 5c)

    SOLEMNITY OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    CANONICAL POSSESSION AND RITE OF INSTALLATION OF MOST REV. BRODERICK PABILLO, D.D. as the Vicar Apostolic of Taytay
    @ St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral, Taytay, Palawan
    Time: 9:00 a.m.

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SEMONORE (Antipolo City)
    Time: 9:00 a.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Oscar Jaime Florencio, D.D.

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS OF THE ST. EZEKIEL MORENO QUASI-PARISH, CAIDIOCAN, VALENCIA, NEGROS ORIENTAL Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Presider: Fray Jay Parilla, OAR

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Monastery, Bacolod City
    Time: 8:00 a.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Louie P. Galbenis, SThD, DD (Bishop of Kabankalan)

    FIESTA MASS IN HONOR OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    @ Kristo Rai Parish, Saipan, CNMI Time: 6:00 a.m.

    FIESTA MASS IN HONOR OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    @ San Roque Parish, Saipan, CNMI Time: 6:00 p.m.

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SNTP Church (Quezon City) Time: 6:00 p.m.

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Chapel
    (near Balon-Pari), Inagawan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    3RD FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF RECOLETOS DE BALAMBAN COMMUNITY

    START OF THE NOVENA TO ST. AUGUSTINE QUEZON CITY DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Salvacion Granada, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Esperanza Yung, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Quenne Palisoc (Cavite Chapter / Trial)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2002-2021)
    Fray Louie Gabinete
    Fray Jerome Virtudazo

    (2007-2021)
    Fray Ian Anthony Espartero
    Fray Allan Jacinto

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Esdras Init, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

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    August 20, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Judd Galinato (simply prof.)
    Sis. Bernarda Villa, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

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    August 21, 2021

    POPE PIUS X

    NINOY AQUINO DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Miller Lim, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Bro. Rolando Cariño, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archdiocese of Cebu)

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    August 22, 2021

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS
    @ San Roque Parish, Saipan, CNMI Time: 9:00 a.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Ryan Jimenez, D.D. (Bishop of Saipan)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leander Barrot
    Fray Paul Demillones
    Sis. Carmencita Onda, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Shiela Mae Catungal (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Bishop Roberto Gaa, D.D. (Diocese of Novaliches)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Lino Agunod (2007-2021)
    +Sr. Ma. Fe Luna, AR
    +Sr. Matilde del Rosario, AR

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    August 23, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Benecia Olaño, AR
    Sr. Gecel Polestico, AR
    Bro. Eustaquio Claver Jr., SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Milagros Pruna, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    August 24, 2021

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1963-2021)
    Fray Emeterio Buñao
    Fray Dunstan Hubert Decena
    Sis. Aurea Santos, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Soledad Escultos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Esperanza Yung, SAR (Talisay Chapter

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    August 25, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Ma. Luisa Gemongala, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Ercilla Ampil, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Angelika Perez (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1991-2021)
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr. Fray Leopoldo Estioko
    Fray Gaudencio Geronimo de Mesa
    Fray Nemesio Tolentin

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Veronica de los Santos, AR
    +Sr. Andrea Cabunilas, AR
    +Bro. Fermin Alambra, SAR (Baguio Chapter)

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    August 26, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Zenaida Lapuz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Pacita Lazo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Marichu Alcantara, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Mikaela Loraine Toro (RAY-Valencia)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1967-2021)
    Fray Rafael Cabarles

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Afra Medillo, AR

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    August 27, 2021

    FEAST OF ST. MONICA
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    “LECTURE SERIES” (8:00 a.m. / online)
    – St. Augustine and His Monastic Community

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Genoveva de Asis, AR
    Sis. Nilda Dasco, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Adela Torcedo, SAR (Baguio Chapter) Judy Ann Mediavillo (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2009-2021)
    Fray Bob Cabanag

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Felicidad de Sto. Niño, AR
    +Sr. Geronima Ruiz, AR
    +Sis. Josefina Reyes, SAR (Manila Chapter)- Formation of the Order of St. Augustine

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    August 28, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE OAR MISSION (cf. LAMP II, 5c)

    SOLEMNITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Ordinandi:
    Fray Virgilio C. Calalang, Jr., OAR
    Fray Robin Ross S. Plata, OAR

    Venue: Our Lady of Consolation Parish Church, Miranila, Quezon City
    Ordaining Prelate: Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, DD (Bishop of Novaliches)

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH
    Linyuan District, Kaohsiung
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Presider: Fray Corvin Maturan, OAR

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO QUASI- PARISH-RECOLETOS / Inayawan, Cebu City

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Agustin Culaton
    Sis. Digna Pacis, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Emily Cuyahon, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Eva Yubuco, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ruperta Marcelo, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1988-2021)
    Fray Raul Buhay

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Monica de San Joaquin, AR

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    August 29, 2021

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

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    August 30, 2021

    NATIONAL HEROES’ DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Rose Rebecca Esteban, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Rosita Javillo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Lourde Soneja, SAR (Baguio Chapter) Shiela Flores (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Consuelo Dangan, AR

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    August 31, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Marina Batalla, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    

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