OAR Missionaries as Instruments of Peace and Reconciliation

Fray Dennis Castillo, OAR, Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR, Fray Miguel Miró, OAR (Prior General), and Fray Kenneth Caligdong, OAR, </br>during the fraternal visit
of the Prior General to the community of Recoletos de Kamalo.
Fray Dennis Castillo, OAR, Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR, Fray Miguel Miró, OAR (Prior General), and Fray Kenneth Caligdong, OAR,
during the fraternal visit of the Prior General to the community of Recoletos de Kamalo.

Kamalo, SIERRA LEONE—In the rural place of Sierra Leone Africa, petty disputes usually ends up as a tragedy. Youth riots, burning of houses and properties and murders due to this actions happens from time to time, and because of their strong communal ties, incidents of this kind usually end up as a village or town war. This is mainly due to the lack of an effective law and order system in these places, these places are still using their traditional chiefdom-ship law system.

OAR missionaries are assigned in the rural places in the northern part of the country and cannot pull themselves away from this kind of incidents, basically because in-time they have become unofficial elders of the community they administer and they have become the last resort or saviours of the local people whenever things gets out of hand. Missioners have been the local 911 and peacekeepers in their areas.

Last month, Kamabi village in Kamakwie town was burned to the ground right after a group from this village murdered a man from its neighbouring village Kamaporie because of a trivial dispute on a woman. Another incident happened on November 29, of this year when a riot broke out, during a game between St. Paul School Kamalo Town and a School team from its neighbour town Kamakwie. The incident which was started by unknown persons from Kamalo brought physical injuries to a handful of people, including one boy from Kamalo who was found unconscious after the incident, and Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR, who was stoned and wounded hours after the riot.

One of the village houses burnt by a group of locals caused by a tribal dispute.

Fray Jess was then bringing the injured boys from Kamalo and Kamakwie to the hospital, when people from Kamalo threw stones at the mission vehicle which was being driven by Fray Jess, with cabin lights on, to ensure that anybody outside can clearly see that the Augustinian Recollect missionary was driving.

During the height of the this incident, the Recollects directed the Kamakwie players to take refuge at inside the walls of the mission convent. And this action of the missioners might have angered the attacking party; thinking that the OAR Fathers have favoured the side of the Kamakwie people. The missionaries decided to handle the incident within the town community and to never bring this matter to higher authorities or made any criminal complains, to protect the Kamalo Community from any judgements or condemnation coming from the national or international media. This kind of incident was not the first. On the 9th of July 2019, a riot broke out, but this time it was between Kamalo and Kamaranka, where in the Kamalo youth were the one’s who were being attacked and again the riot started because of a meaningless football match. Many people were injured and a lot of properties have been burned. During the incident, it was the OAR Fathers who brought the trapped Kamalo youth back to Kamalo.

Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR

The Fathers, with their vehicles, made two trips back and forth to ensure the safety of the Kamalo people. On his second trip back to Kamaranka, while searching for other Kamalo people who were now hiding in the bushes or in the nearby villages, Fray Jess caught a group of people on the way to the bush, who were on the verge of beating and raping two Kamalo girls which they captured. Fray Jess courageously reasoned with them and begged to let the innocent girls go, the mob later agreed with Fray Jess and left the girls under his care, and later brought them back safely to the arms of their thankful parents.

A week after this July incident, since every peace negotiation should involved a respected neutral party, the Recollects in Kamalo with the district representatives of both towns facilitated the peace negotiations. Then the missionaries with the leaders of both town went to the office of Assistant Inspector General for more police assistance in resolving the conflict between the two neighbouring towns. After a month or so, peace have been successfully restored between the town of Kamalo and Kamaranka.

Following these riot incidents and negotiations, the Recollects appealed to the local elders and youth leaders to create measures that will prevent the eruption of senseless incidents. The Recollects demanded that a youth peace enforcer would be formed in Kamalo that would monitor and control the crowd whenever a public and inter-town activity will be held in Kamalo. In response  to the request, the town officials together with the youth quickly formed a peace and order enforcers and promised and signed that they will try their best to not let this kind of incident happen again, especially incidents that will put the lives of the missioners at risk.

The missionaries still believe and expect that these kind of incidents will continue to happen until the local people have learned to control their impulsiveness and which can only be achieved through good education and strong relationship with God. With these, the missionaries will continue to risk their lives and give their time rendering help even in the public matters of their mission communities and more over double their efforts in their educational and religious apostolate to help the local people grow and prepare them in facing the different challenges of globalisation which is now slowly affecting them. 

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Fray Dennis Castillo, OAR

Fray Dennis Castillo, OAR

Augustinian Recollect missionary to Sierra Leone, Africa.

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  1. Fr. Victor P. Virtudazo on January 24, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Praying for your safety and most especially your missionary work in that far flung country.

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    LAUNCHING OF ROSARY MONTH  

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    BIRTHDAY

    Bro. Remigio Villahermosa, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    OAR NUNS ANNUAL SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
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    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Leonardo Pauligue
    Sr. Leah Lachica, AR
    Bro. Mariano Antenor, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Bro. Gerino Lagrada, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Luisa Cabunag, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Costidella Viente, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Madilene Bongcayao, SAR (Laray Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2004-2022)

    Fray Leo Alaras

    1st DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Nemesio Tolentin

    NOTE: The Recoletos de Manila community will celebrate a Holy Mass for him (in compliance with Add. Code 94a).

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Marlene Gomez, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    START OF THE NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF THE ABANDONED (Valencia, Neg. Oriental)/
    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR
    (Baguio)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Teresita Baco, AR
    Sr. Elyn Joy Olmedo, AR
    Sis. Ma. Theresa de Leon, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1987-2022)

    Fray Bernard Amparado
    Fray Cristituto Palomar
    Fray Joseph Granada
    Fray Jorge Peligro

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ramona Plaza, AR
    +Sis. Aurelia Cabrera, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    October 4, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION

    BIRTHDAY

    Most Rev. Roberto Gaa (Diocese of Novaliches)
    Sr. Manuela Mandia, AR
    Sis. Fritz Palma, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Ophelia Caytiles, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Canaya, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Celestino Cachapero, OAR (2003-2022)
    +Sis. Felicisima Barangan, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    WORLD TEACHER’S DAY

    PRIOR PROVINCIAL’S VISIT TO RECOLETOS DE ROTA (CNMI)
    (October 5- 11, 2022)

    INVESTITURE RITES OF FRAY RAFAEL PECSON AS PRESIDENT OF SSC-R MANILA
    Time: 8:30 a.m.

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Miguela Obera, AR
    Sis. Jesusa Escalona, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Carmen Esnaldo, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    +Sis. Fernando Sanico, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Primitiva Berdejo, AR
    Sr. Noemi Mapa, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR
    Sis. Violeta Benitez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Virginia Santos, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Milagros Dineros, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Gwendolyn Bolaron, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Imelda de la Chica, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Concordia Apenas, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Bro. Abelardo Almeida, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    +Bro. Romeo Cañad, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
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    +Sis. Emilia Aves, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Juliet Natinga, AR
    Fray Mc Airel Capinpin (simply prof.)
    Sis. Rosario Florendo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Rosalinda Casimiro, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Michael Centeno (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2006-2022)

    Fray Henry Santiago
    Fray Anthony Irineo
    Fray Russell Lapidez
    Fray Virgilio Paredes, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Margarita Miranda de Santa Monica, AR

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    SOLEMN PROFESSION OF VOWS OF FRAY ROBERTO CARLOS ALVARADO RAMÍREZ  

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Neil Ryan Jarumay
    Sis. Rosario Cordova, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Ms. Nestoria “Inday” Bad-an (Sister General of the Order)
    Marriel Maligalig (RAY-Urbiztondo)
    Marinela Maligalig (RAY-Urbiztondo

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    5th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMUNITY OF RECOLETOS DE URBIZTONDO (Pangasinan)

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Francis Cabalida (novice)
    Sis. Milagros Mayor, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    John Leonard Cabling (RAY-Canlubang)
    Glorie Lynn Sorgon (RAY-Bacolod)
    John Philip Fuderanan (aspirant)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Aurea Rigonan, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA
    Bishop and Patron of Studies

    BIRTHDAY

    Most Rev. Raul Dael, DD (Bishop of Tandag)
    Sr. Ofelia Laspobres, AR
    Bro. Ulysses Peral, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    ST. POPE JOHN XIII

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Samuel Eyas
    Bro. Niño Salenga, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Bro. Elmer Gernan Garcia, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Jhoan Beran (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Flavia Jacobson, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Kyla Mei Mendoza (RAY-Urbiztondo)

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    SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR TOMA DE HÁBITO
    Time: 10:00 a.m. / CARES, Baguio City

    PATRONAL FIESTA: PARISH OF OUR LADY OF THE ABANDONED
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    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Fiesta Mass Presider: Rev. Msgr. Glenn Corsica, PC

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    FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS CONFERENCE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (October 12-30, 2022)
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    Sr. Shirley Nonato, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)
    Sr. Marilyn Gustilo, AR
    Sr. Bernarditha Barnido, AR
    Bro. Eduardo Batongbakal, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Lagrimas Gadayan, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Aparicion de la Victoria, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Mo. Dionisia Mitas de Santa Maria Talangpaz
    +Sis. Corazon Vosotros, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED BENEFACTORS OF OAR

    BIRTHDAY

    James Sarilla (aspirant)
    Sis. Gloria Cabahag, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Fernandez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Laura Cabanacan, AR
    Sr. Rhena Sherra Caranzo, AR
    Sis. Amelita Yara, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Jovelyn Gamban, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Rosa Silinduran, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    SOLEMN PROFESSION OF VOWS
    OLCP Miranila, Q.C.
    Time: 9:00 a.m.
    Mass Presider: Fray Bernard Amparado
    Candidates: Fray Ivan Cuison & Fray Jhoben Rodriguez

    SARF-VISAYAS REGIONAL ANNUAL REUNION
    October 15-16, 2022

    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF
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    as Prelate of Chota Cutervo

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Luzviminda Olvina, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Allysha Shin Ferrer (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2005-2022)

    Fray Vincent Cadeliña

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Monica de Espiritu Santo, AR

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    October 16, 2022

    WORLD FOOD DAY 2022

    As far back as 1945 the United Nations recognized food as not a privilege, but a right, and that’s why they created World Food Day, observed annually on October 16, in 1979. It’s a day of observance to draw attention to the plight of the hungry. So, today, join us in eradicating hunger.

    BIRTHDAY                                                                             

    Sr. Ma. Pia Pineda, AR
    Sr. Ma. Linda Peña, AR
    Jhon Paul Dag-um (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1988-2022)

    Fray Domingo Saladaga, Jr.
    Fray William Emilito Villaflor

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Margarita de Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR
    +Sis. Andrea Savella, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    October 17, 2022

    ARSE (AUG. RECOLLECT SPIRITUAL EXERCISES)
    Batch 1: October 17-19, 2022 / THP-R, Cebu City
    Facilitator: Bp. Broderick Pabillo (Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay)

    BIRTHDAY

    Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, D.D. (Bishop of Cubao)
    Sr. Ma. Cirila Uy, AR
    Sis. Margarita Membrillos, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Shiela Mae Labadia (RAY-Caidiocan)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Visitacion de San Miguel, AR
    +Sr. Gabriela Garcines, AR
    +Sr. Jacinta Mandia Robin, AR
    +Sis. Norma Discutido, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    +Sis. Gerarda Cañet, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    October 18, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Arnel Diaz
    Jonel Mendoza (RAY-Miranila)
    Sis. Luzviminda Suatil, SAR (Inagawan Chapter / Trial)
    Sis. Rosario Hechanova, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

    1st DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Rafael Cabarles
    NOTE: The Recoletos de San Carlos community will celebrate a Holy Mass for him (in compliance with Add. Code 94a).

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Amada San Gabriel, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    +Sis. Concorcia Calliza, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

     

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    October 19, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Arlyn Sarmiento, AR
    Sis. Margarita Ramos, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

    1ST DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ma. Virginia Acha, AR
    +Sis. Lamberta Bustamante, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    October 20, 2022

    ST. MAGDALENE OF NAGASAKI
    Patroness of the Secular Augustinian Recollects

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ken Oliver Lao
    Sis. Elnora Palaganas, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Alemira Awid, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    October 21, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ursulina Balading, AR
    Sr. Ma. Lutgarda Cañete, AR
    Sis. Nilda Jamili, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Rizalina Ricaña, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    ST. POPE JOHN PAUL II

    SARF-LUZON REGIONAL ANNUAL REUNION
    Host: SARF-Urbiztondo Chapter
    October 22-23, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Archbp. Agustinus Agus, DD (Archdiocese of Pontianak, Indonesia)
    Fray Edgar Tubio
    Sr. Teresita Diana, AR
    Sis. Lourdes Diesta, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Mapas, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    October 23, 2022

    WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
    Theme: “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8)
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    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Hernando Coja
    Sr. Herminia Catindig, AR
    Sis. Milagros Quinaging, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION(1967-2022)

    Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Aquilina Dacalos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    October 24, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Sis. Rufina Jardraque, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Maria Fe Bauso, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1996-2022)

    Fray Glynn Ortega

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Julito Cortes, D.D. (Diocese of Dumaguete)

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    October 25, 2022

    ST. JOHN STONE, Priest & Martyr

    2022 CEAP NATIONAL CONVENTION
    SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
    October 25-28, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Veronica Purto, AR
    Sis. Evelyn Ortega, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Natividad Pielago, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Emilie Pandong, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Simon Kurt Casupanan (RAY-Cavite)
    Nestor Tala (RAY-Miranila)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1995-2022)

    Fray Joel Dequilla

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1983-2022)

    Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD (Diocese of San Pablo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Rosalinda Lontok, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Iluminada Coronado, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    October 26, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Dionisio Selma
    Fray Renie Villalino
    Sr. Rosalie Ubo, AR
    Sis. Felicisima Quizon, SAR (Baguio Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Leonora Mercado, AR

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    October 27, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Antonio Limchaypo
    Sis. Cristina Pascua, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Mo. Presentacion de San Jose, AR
    +Sr. Martina Labao, AR
    +Bro. Bibiano Apenas, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    +Sis. Nelly Marfil, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    October 28, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR MISSION

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Jeana Abejuela, AR
    Sis. Purisima Bayna, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Josefina Tampus, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Julita Requillo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    October 29, 2022

    SARF-PALAWAN REGIONAL ANNUAL REUNION
    Host: SARF-Puerto Princesa Chapter
    October 29, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Rosario Rosales, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Ermelinda Jayme, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Catherine Ildefonso (RAY-Urbiztondo)
    Kristine Ruelo (RAY-Provincialate)

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    October 30, 2022

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    M.R. NATALE PAGANELLI, SX, Bishop of Makeni, Sierra Leone

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Cristituto Palomar
    Fray Dominador Mercado Jr.
    Sr. Lorlie Decir, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1999-2022)
    Fray Joel Alve

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Bro. Rogelio Cepe, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    +Bro. Reynaldo Cruz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    October 31, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Luisita Zuela, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Lucia Young, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Albina de la Virgen de Soledad, AR

     

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