RAY Regional Summit in Cavite: “Memorable and Life-changing”

CAVITE CITY – Days 2 and 3 of the Recollect Augustinian Youth (RAY) Regional Summit were days of encounter with the Lord through the celebrations of the holy mass, gathering around the Blessed Sacrament, inputs from four speakers, sharing of reflections and cultural talents.

DAY 2

The Recollect Augustinian Youth (RAY) de Cavite have successfully hosted the second day (February 2, 2019) of the RAY Regional Summit.

The line-up of activities did not fail to nurture the delegates’ spiritual formation, particularly with their participation in the morning praise, Eucharistic celebration, inputs, praying of the creative rosary, and lucenarium.

Fr. Allan Jacinto, OAR, Section Head for Vocations, elaborated the theme of the 34th World Youth Day recently held in Panama: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).

He emphasized how the youth should imitate Mary, the Mother of Jesus, for having a brave heart to follow God’s plan, and for being a source of healing and encouragement to others.

The second talk entitled “Youth: Messengers and Instruments of God’s Love” was given by Fr. Rafael B. Pecson OAR, President of SSC-R de Cavite. He offered some tips for a happy, gifted, and empowered youth. And one way, according to Fr. Pecson, is by daily sanctification, that is, by offering to God whatever we do and everything we are.

Fr. Rafael Pecson, OAR empowering the Recollect Augustinian Youth

The activities of the day had its touching moments, such as the lucenarium, during which “each one of us has a solemn moment to reflect,” said Emmanuelle Fullante, a delegate from Cavite City. “This is the most peaceful part that we’ve experienced in the summit.”

The lucenarium providing the delegates an apt environment for an encounter with Christ, the light of the world

Hyping the night, a cultural show was staged. Each group or school participant showed amazing performances showcasing their talents. The tiresome day was closed, but the delegates wore their happy faces for their memorable experiences.

DAY 3

“Your youthfulness can be translated into a more mature gesture,” this line uttered by Fr. Amado Emmanuel Bolilia wrapped up the last day of the 2019 Regional Summit of the Recollect Augustinian Youth when he presided the mass at San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite.

Fray Amado Emmanuel Bolilia, OAR celebrating the concluding Mass together with other friars

Fray Bolilia is the President of the Secretariat of Vocations and Youth Ministry of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.

The closing day of the said summit – on February 3, 2019 – delegates prepared themselves by waking up early to participate in the morning activities. Morning Praise was led by Sir Jhersie Manesca and Miss Reina Elmira Esquillo. delegates from Cavite City and Antipolo City, respectively. Zumba right after the lauds energized the delegates. Breakfast followed.

Group works served as avenues for the delegates to celebrate unity

Fr. Joseph Dexter Palagtiosa, Section Head for the Recollect Augustinian Youth, was the speaker for the third session. He talked about the real meaning of RAY, which was a significant point especially for first timers in this summit.

The different stages and formation process that every RAY member should go through, its way of life and the charism of the Augustinian Recollection were also among the things that he shared.

“Being a RAY is more than that (collecting and animating). We are a family,” Fr. Palagtiosa said.

That gave a lesson for the summit participants to learn from: that being a RAY member requires commitment and faithfulness to God. That their will to serve the Lord as a RAY member can lead them to their desired path of happiness.

Fr. Palagtiosa mentioned further that the Recoletos communities taking charge of a RAY group ought to accompany the candidates until they become full-fledged members. He also gave some updates on the different communities and the relevant programs that should be practiced.

A memorabilia of the RRAYS

The awarding of certificates to all the delegates ensued. Then, lunch was shared by everyone. Afterwards, they bade goodbye, which means, time to apply the Augustinian Recollect values and practices in order to grow more and become living witnesses of the Gospel and the teachings of our Father St. Augustine.

As R.M. Polangco, one of the delegates, expressed it well: “The Regional RAY Summit 2019 ended successfully. The three-day program has molded the characters of the delegates who still learned more values and practices of a true Augustinian Recollect.”

“The RAY Summit was truly an amazing experience for everybody for it was really memorable and life-changing experience,” she concluded.

THE POEM

Ms. Julianne Singson, a delegate with the special task to document this year’s RAY Regional Summit, let her pen scribble some lines about the ongoing event. She admitted: “I wrote this poem because everytime I experience an amazing event, I used this kind of literature to express how grateful I am that I had the opportunity to join.”

When asked about the central points of her poem, she replied: “The message of the poem is for the youth, especially for the members of Recollect Augustinian Youth. This is to make them realize that RAY is not just an organization but a family and a way of life. In addition, the RAY Regional Summit is an event that helps every Augustinian Recollect community to gather to be able to have a strong bond not just within their respective community but with others as well.”

Pagtitipon ng RAY
ni: Cyrine Julianne Singson

Pagkasabik, ngunit may halong kaba
Puyat at pagod, mga kabataang nakiisa
Dahil sa byahe, para lang makadalo
Sa pagtitipong kakaiba.
Regional RAY Summit 2019,
ang rason ng rekoletong komunidad nang magtipon sila.

Nagmula man sa iba’t ibang parte ng Luzon,
Ang mga rekoleto ay isang buong batalyon,
Nagsumikap at buong pusong dumayo,
Sa siyudad ng Cavite na siyang namuno.

Sari saring aktibidad ang inihanda,
Upang lahat ay maging masigla
Nang sa huli’y maging di malilimutan na alaala
Na puno ng aral, at walang katumbas na saya

Nawa’y tumatak sa isip ng bawat isa,
Ang tunay na kahulugan ng tema,
Mga Kabataan Nagmimisyon: Minamahal. Biniyayaan. Pinalakas.

Mga katagang may maitutulong
Upang ang kabataan ay may maisulong
Pagiging matatag na alagad ni Kristo
Alinsunod sa karisma ng mga Rekoletong Agustino.

Tulad ni Maria, nararapat na ang kabataan
May pusong di naiinggit,
Puso na nakapagpapagaling na syang dahilan
Upang mangarap ng may patutunguhan

Samakatuwid, ang mga kabataang nagtipon
May iisang tatak sa isip at puso,
Ang tatak, tatak ng pagiging rekoleto
Na handang maglingkod,
Handang magsakripisyo, gaya ni Kristo.

Contributors: Ella Caringal, R.M. Polangco, Alyssa Esquillo, Julianne Singson

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    February 1, 2019

    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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    February 2, 2019

    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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    February 3, 2019

    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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    February 4, 2019

    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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    February 5, 2019

    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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    February 6, 2019

    SPORTSFEST – USJ-R, BALAMBAN CAMPUS
    Inclusive dates: February 6-9, 2019

    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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    February 8, 2019

    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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    February 9, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Elpidio Sarita, Jr.

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    February 10, 2019

    20th INAUGURATION ANNIVERSARY (1999-2019)
    OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

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    February 11, 2019

    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
    (2017-2018)
    Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Fray John Paul Tanquis

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    February 12, 2019

    INSTALLATION OF BISHOP-ELECT DAVID WILLIAM ANTONIO OF ILAGAN

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE INAGAWAN

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Gloria Abrenilla Acha, AR

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    February 13, 2019

    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF VOCATIONS AND YOUTH, WITH THE PRESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARIAT
    Rome / February 13-14, 2019

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE PLARIDEL

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    February 14, 2019

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE CASIAN

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    February 15, 2019

    75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ABBEY OF MONTE CASINO (1944)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Maria Aurora Baygan, AR

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    February 16, 2019

    FATHER GENERAL’S MEETING WITH THE AR SISTERS & SARF-PALAWAN CHAPTERS AT SEMSDC, PUERTO PRINCESA

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Porferia Tundag, AR

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    February 17, 2019

    CULMINATION OF ESCUELA DE FORMACION IN COLOMBIA

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE BALAMBAN

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Virgilio Paredes, Jr.

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    February 18, 2019

    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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    February 19, 2019

    MEETING OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF SPIRITUALITY AND FORMATION WITH THE PRESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARIATS OF SPIRITUALITY AND FORMATION
    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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    February 20, 2019

    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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    February 21, 2019

    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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    February 22, 2019

    FEAST – CHAIR OF ST. PETER
    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE VALENCIA
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Flora Silverio, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Lucila Reyes, AR

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    February 23, 2019

    RENEWAL VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE TAMBO

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

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    February 24, 2019

    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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    February 27, 2019

    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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    February 28, 2019

    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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