Four Pinoy Recollects among 35 participants in Escuela de Formación

El Desierto de la Candelaria, COLOMBIA – “We are learning a lot from other Provinces’ manner of forming candidates to the Order (of Augustinian Recollects),” said Fray James Castelo, OAR, Prenovitiate Director in Antipolo City, who is currently enrolled in the “Escuela de Formación” or Formation Course taking place at El Desierto de la Candelaria, Ráquira, Colombia.

Conducive and formative: the serene place of Convento-Monasterio de la Candelaria in El Desierto de la Candelaria in Colombia serves as the venue for the Escuela de Formación

Together with him from the Philippines were Fray Kenneth Joseph Onda, OAR, Master of the Professed at the Recoletos Formation Center in Miranila, Quezon City, and Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron, OAR, Prefect of Discipline at Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary in Baguio City.

The three Filipino delegates: Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron, OAR, Fray James Castelo, OAR, and Fray Kenneth Joseph Onda, OAR.

The three seminary formators are representing the Province of St. Ezekiel in this Formation Course meant primarily “to train companions and trainers in the process of human, vocation, and spiritual growth” based on the Augustinian Recollect charismatic principles.

Fray Fredric Abiera, OAR, is the fourth Filipino Recollect in the assembly of 35 participants coming from the four Provinces of the Order. A formator and vocation director assigned in the Vicariate of the USA, Fray Abiera belongs to the Province of St. Nicholas of Tolentine.

Fray Fredric Abiera, OAR (first from left, seated) is another Filipino delegate to the Escuela de Formación. Assigned in the United States, he belongs to the Province of San Nicolas.

The said ongoing program organized by the General Secretariat of Spirituality and Formation is a response to the Life and Mission Project of the Order that considers formation (whether initial or ongoing) as one area that needs revitalization.

Prior General, Fr. Miguel Miró, OAR, was quoted in his message saying: “Let us dream together of a formation in the Order that marks the heart, that engraves the heart with the fire of the Spirit.”

Concretely, this “In Imum Cordis Formation Course” which is being held at the Monasterio de la Candelaria started last January 27, 2019 and will close on February 17. (The chosen phrase “In Imum Cordis” means towards the deepest recesses of the heart.)

Logo of the In Imum Cordis Formation Course

In his update to this writer, Fray Castelo said that the first week of the Course was dedicated to the presentation and deepening of the Augustinian Recollect Formation Itinerary (ARFI). “Conferences and workshops related to this topic were given” in order that we would “have a common understanding” of our Recoletos formation program.

“So far, we are enjoying the company of the brothers. We are now on the second week and we will be having talks that are more theoretical such as affectivity-sexuality, basic key for personal accompaniment, etc.”

With the “fire of the Spirit” that Father General was talking about, everybody hopes that this intense formation training course will produce more and better “artisans” in the Augustinian Recollect formation ministry.

Those appointed to compose the Coordinating Team of this Course are Frays Francisco Javier Monroy, Germán Andrés Rodríguez, Kenneth Joseph Onda, and Danilo José Janegitz.

ESCUELA DE FORMACION 11

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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  • 01

    All day
    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.”

  • 02

    All day
    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

  • 03

    All day
    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

  • 04

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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

  • 05

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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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