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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  • All day
    February 1, 2021

    34th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1987-2021)
    OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION PARISH, Miranila, Quezon City
    Note: The celebration is moved to February 7, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Ramon Monroy, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Yolanda Zaragoza, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Corazon Timones, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Josephine Palanca, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Emma Miguel, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Brigida Gabriel, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    February 2, 2021

    FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (CANDELARIA)

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF OUR LADY OF SIERRA LEONE (Kamabai)

    25th WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Petra Pascual, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Socorro Japson, AR

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    February 3, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ceferino Roberto Añez
    Sis. Celerina Santos, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Celerina Jaurequi, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Marilyn Miraña, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Filomena de Jesus, AR

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    February 4, 2021

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Bernard Amparado
    Sr. Jannet Nicer, AR
    Sis. Erlinda Dionela, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Diana Concepcion, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

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    February 5, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray James Castelo
    Fray Jovy Gallego
    Sr. Anselma Millan, AR
    Sis. Purificacion Rallos, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Trina Genicet Zamora (RAY-Valencia)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Ofelia Cruz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    February 6, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ronel Gealon
    Sr. Doraine Suyko, AR
    Sis. Marlin Regalado, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Dorothy Joy Panelo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Alberto Avanzado

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    February 7, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez
    Sr. Gewena Gay Villarubia, AR
    Sis. Jaena Lascano, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    February 8, 2021

    7th INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING (cf. LAMP, 52)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Elflida Palma, AR
    Sis. Lydia Morales, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Crestita Pabon, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Cajes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Sandra Melencio, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    February 9, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Elpedio Sarita, Jr.
    Bro. Joveto Padua, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    February 10, 2021

    22nd INAUGURATION ANNIVERSARY (1999-2021) OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Virginia Toledo, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    February 11, 2021

    OUR LADY OF LOURDES

    29th WORLD DAY OF THE SICK (cf. LAMP, 52)

    FIESTA OF THE QUASI-PARISH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
    Brgy. Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental
    Time: 10:00 A.M. / Fiesta Mass Presider: Most Rev. Julito Cortes, D.D.

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Filomena Oliva, AR
    Sr. Marisa Dacuya, AR
    Sis. Lourdes Bonifacio, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Edelyn Celeste, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (2017-2021)
    Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Fray John Paul Tanquis

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    February 12, 2021

    90th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1931-2021) OF THE VATICAN RADIO

    BIRTHDAY
    Heart Danielle Nakila (RAY-Balamban)
    Sis. Moonyen Llorca, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    February 13, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Beverlyn Nemiada, AR
    Sis. Erlinda Vergara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Catalina Matahum, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Pedro Magalit, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    February 14, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Filomena Duro, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Mena Quiambao, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Serena Principio, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Era Santos, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Lucresia Samson, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Mary Grace Escayo, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)

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    February 15, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Maria Aurora Baygan, AR
    Bro. Julius Cayabyab, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

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    February 16, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Porferia Tundag, AR
    Sis. Herminia Villanueva, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Cecil Cabildo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    February 17, 2021

    LENT STARTS –
    BLESSED ASH WEDNESDAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Virgilio Paredes, Jr.
    Sis. Lourdes Tupaz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Albina Panelo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Femesolone Gamboa, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    3rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF PIONEER RECOLETOS MISSIONARIES IN CUBA

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Hellen Villarin, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

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    February 18, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jerik Troy Siozon
    Fray Mark Saludes

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

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    February 19, 2021

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2003-2021)
    Most. Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, D.D. (Bishop of Bacolod)

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

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    February 20, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Neil Baygan [simply prof.]

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ines de Padua, AR

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    February 21, 2021

    FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nimrod Launio
    Sis. Betty Sinon, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Emily Vallejo, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Amparo Agcaoili, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Lourdes Bonete, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    20th ANNIVERSARY OF CREATION AS CARDINAL
    Pope Francis [Jorge Mario Bergoglio] (2001-2021)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Aniceta de la Santisima Trinidad, AR

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    February 22, 2021

    FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST. PETER

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Flora Silverio, AR
    Sis. Emily Navera, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Margarita Gamboa, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Lucila Reyes, AR

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    February 23, 2021

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

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    February 24, 2021

    CHARTER DAY OF CEBU CITY

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Rommel Rubia
    Sis. Ma. Magdalena Ramos, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Jesusa de Vera, AR

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    February 25, 2021

    35th EDSA PEOPLE POWER (1986-2021)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Roselyn Jardenil, AR
    Adrian Gonzales (RAY-Talisay)
    Sis. Edna Mariano, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Elizabeth Argallon, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Wenifreda Sajorda, AR

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    February 26, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Julius James Tinapao [simply prof.]

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Severino Cuesta (2000-2021)
    +Sr. Teresa Constantino, AR
    +Sis. Lilia Lepasana, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Anita Paloma, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    February 27, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Teresita Caberte, AR
    Sis. Clarita Cortez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Casimera Griarte, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    February 28, 2021

    SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

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

    7th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESIGNATION OF POPE BENEDICT XVI (2013-2021)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Crisanta Armendez, AR
    Sis. Macaria Decena, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Maria Guadalupe Semine, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton (Brother-General of the Order)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Rebecca Mendoza Adarayan, AR
    +Sr. Milagros de San Nicolas de Tolentino, AR
    +Sis. Estrella Montes, SAR (Manila Chapter)

      

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