Newly appointed NVD beefs up Filipino style of Vocation Expedition

Provincialate, QUEZON CITY – “It has been a shared mission—and it is and will be.”

That’s how Fray Allan Jacinto, OAR succinctly described the Filipino style of what is now called in the Order of Augustinian Recollects, “Expedición Vocacional,” or roughly rendered in English as “Vocation Expedition.”

“We are grateful for the continuing assistance of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters who, through their schools, are campaigning for vocations to the OAR way of life,” Fray Jacinto, the newly appointed National Vocation Director said, specifying the context of the expression, “shared mission.”

“Members of the SARF and the FORSOAR and some lay groups in our parishes are also helping us not only in scouting for vocations but also in morally and financially supporting our seminarians,” he continued.

The Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity (SARF) in the Philippines as well as the Former Seminarians of the OAR (FORSOAR) – Cebu Chapter have explicitly integrated in their Life and Mission Project and program of activities, respectively, their own way of backing up the Province’s vocation ministry.

OAR Vocation Expedition

Following the guidelines of the Church, the Order commits itself in the promotion of a “culture of vocations” which is none other than “the call of God to be part of his Church with the charisms and gifts that the Holy Spirit gives.”

To promote this culture is a shared mission with all the members of the Recoletos Family and the lay collaborators in all areas of apostolate.

The need for an active team of vocation animators, meetings for strategizing action plans and follow-ups, inclusion of children and young people in the activities, and the integration of the OAR charism and spirituality in these vocation-related programs are geared towards a fruitful vocation expedition.

Among the strategies to be employed include convocation (using “marketing” principles and media outlets), logistics, and customized/contextualized activities (holy mass, inputs, holy hour, praying of the vocation rosary, sharings, etc.).

Last year, the Expedition was anchored on the motto, “If you love Christ, follow Him.” Accompanying it was a logo which consisted of a footprint at the center, and inside it, the motto of the Expedition with the expression “FOLLOW HIM!” standing out, to stress its imperative dimension which “recalls the call of Jesus to the first disciples and that today resounds in the heart of every young man who opts for the Gospel.”

Itinerary of the Expedition

Few weeks after his arrival from Panama, Fray Jacinto received his patente (an official document of assignment) as member of the Recoletos de Provincialate community. He was also appointed as the Head of the Section for Vocation Ministry and as the National Vocation Director of the Province.

As demanded of him as the NVD, he had to sit down with the previous in-charge and, then, make his own approach based on the practices of the Province and those of CBCP (Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines) as well as the new guidelines from the Generalate in Rome.

Towards the end of September, he set out on a “fishing” expedition, prepared to immerse in a new kind of “trekking” far different from the one he experienced when he was working as a missionary in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

After his first stop at Colegio de Sta. Rosa in Intramuros, Manila, which is run by the Augustinian Recollect Sisters, he headed northwest, in Pangasinan, where he visited three secondary schools: St. Charles Academy in San Carlos City, and Urbiztondo Catholic School and Urbiztondo National High School in the municipality of Urbiztondo where the Recoletos de Pangasinan community is located.

In early October, he went to the Holy Name Academy in Palanas, Masbate which is also administered by the AR Sisters. Then, he hopped to Cavite where he repeated his vocation campaign program: at the San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Cañacao Campus and the St. Joseph College.

A recess to his series of campaigns came when he participated in the National Assembly of NVDs on November 16, 2018 in Bacolod City. Organized by the CBCP, the assembly was meant to update the vocation directors of some salient issues to consider i.e., the psychology of the millennials and some suggested ways to handle and evaluate candidates coming from this category.

While in Bacolod, he grabbed the opportunity to gather the Grade 10 and the Senior High School (namely, Grades 11 and 12) students of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos. And he had observed that the Grade 10 students, who were still contemplating on the remaining two years to finish their Basic Education, were rather undecided whether to enter the seminary or not.

The last week of November saw him talking to the young people of Valencia, Negros Oriental, particularly at San Pedro Academy (SPA) and San Pedro Academy-Recoletos (SPA-R). In mid-December, he was at the Lady Mediatrix School of the AR Sisters in Candelaria, Quezon.

In early January 2019, he crossed to Cebu where he met the students of Sta. Monica Academy (Pinamungahan), Consolatrix Academy (Toledo City), Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy (Minglanilla) – all run by the AR Sisters – and those of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Balamban Campus. He also made a side trip at the nearby St. Therese Catholic School in Balamban.

Then, he jumped to Bohol and covered all the schools of the AR Sisters: Colegio de la Medalla Milagrosa in Jagna, Saint Mary Academy in Guindulman, and Blessed Trinity College in Talibon.

With the AR Sisters collaborating, the program of activities for Vocation Expedition in all their schools went smooth. And they do the follow-up even after the program has ended!

The Catch

As of December 2018, a total of 57 applicants expressed their desire to enter the Recoletos seminary and underwent the preliminary tests and interview. But the results narrowed the number to only 25. Of these, 10 were classified as college students and 10 for Senior High.

With the Expedition still going on, Fray Jacinto hopes with optimism that more prospective candidates will still knock at our doors.

“That’s why we pray to the Lord of the harvest,” he says.

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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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    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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    SPORTSFEST – USJ-R, BALAMBAN CAMPUS
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    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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    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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    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
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    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

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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Gloria Abrenilla Acha, AR

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    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE PLARIDEL

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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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    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
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    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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    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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