The Search for God Goes on

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“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him the greatest human achievement.” Our Father Saint Augustine once said this to those who are searching. Even though formal seminary formation, where formands seek God in their everyday lives inside the formation house together with both religious and lay formators has already ended, it does mean that the search for God also ended. A new chapter of this adventure, searching and growing in love for God unfolds.

After ordination, the new priests were distributed to different communities where they will be assigned and perform their ministry. However, the daily encounter with challenges may posit a risk not only their spiritual life but all aspects of their life. For this reason, there is a need for re-rooting and re-tooling of religious. This is where continuous formation takes its role to play. The religious belonging to the FrayRs cluster were mandated to attend the five-day formation program last March 2-6, 2020 at the Talavera House of Prayer in Cebu City. It was an opportune time for the religious to revisit and examine the level of their morale and of their formation. It was also here that the religious were able to re-examine and strengthen their commitment to the religious and priestly life (OAR Cons., 269). The said activity is a response of the superior of the Province with regards his responsibility to look after the continuous development and growth of the religious in all aspects. (Cons., 262). However noble the intention may be, not everyone from the cluster was able to attend. Most of the religious who were not able to join the group are those who were assigned in the mission areas in Africa and Taiwan and those who were asked for further study in Rome.

The President of the Secretariat for Formation, Rev. Fr. Ian Anthony Espartero, OAR together with Chairman for the On-going Formation, Rev. Fr. James Castelo, OAR devised a program where the religious belonging to the said cluster will undergo for five consecutive days. Fr. Renato de Guzman of the Tagbadbad (untier) Foundation, a non-profit organization composed of both clergy and lay people whose aim is to cater to the psychological and spiritual needs of its clients and address issues that may accompany it. The speaker aimed to meet the needs of the religious belonging to a particular age bracket- for this case, the religious belonging to the said cluster with the theme “Shuttering Illusion and Immersing to the Realities of the Priesthood.” Together with the theme are the learning objectives: 1. Attending to our sense of being, 2. Noticing your experiences in your workplace and ministry, and 3. Living the joy of the priesthood with passion and renewed commitment. True enough, the topics for each session go along with the said objective.  

“AUGUSTINE-INSPIRED”: Fr. Renato de Guzman accompanying the young clergy in “knowing themselves and in knowing God.”

Every day, the prayers was said at 6:30 in the morning followed by meditation with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. At 9:00 the first input is given and followed by the second input after the health break. In the afternoon, the third input is given after the saying of the Holy Rosary at 2:30 in the afternoon. Each participant takes turn in the different assignments like the ringing of the bell, prayer leaders, Mass Presider and Homilist. The following inputs and activities were given to the participants: Contextualization 0-7 years of Priesthood and Ministry, Psychological Tests and Clay Molding Activity, Self-Esteem and Evangelical Counsels, Cognitive Distortions, Personal Boundaries, Ministerial Boundaries, Implications and Importance, and Joy of the Priesthood.  After the last input for the day, the Holy Mass is celebrated in the chapel of the said retreat house.

IN A NUTSHELL: The participants of this year’s first on-going formation program creating artworks which, in a nutshell, summarizes who they are.

Part of the team who accompanied the participants are some of the elderly friars of the Province, namely, Fray Paulino Dacanay, OAR, Fray Ronnel Gealon, OAR, Fray René Paglinawan, OAR, Fray Joseph Trayvilla, OAR and Fray Romel Rubbia, OAR. They attended the seminar not as facilitators but brothers who accompany the young friars. Primarily, their duty is to listen to participants during their individual consultation after the last input has been given. Each consultation, according to the suggestion of the facilitator, should last only for thirty minutes and everyone was encouraged to avail of the said opportunity. Aside from the individual consultation they also guided the friars in their group sharing after the clay modeling activity where each participant presented to the group what they created from the modeling clay and how it represented them.

BROTHER-TO-BROTHER SUPPORT: Some of the elderly friars of the Province chipping in their support for the young clerics.

After all the sessions, as the last activity, the entire group gathered at the open hall downstairs for an open forum. There the participants and friar-companions shared reflections, the things they learned and their suggestions for improvement.

Lessons were given and everyone benefited from it. It was very timely and appropriate that the said series of inputs were selected that fit the needs of the friars in this age bracket. From those inputs, certain needs of the friars who are still new in the ministry are seen, given attention to and addressed. Although we were armed, it does not mean that we already won the entire battle. It was just winning half the battle. More challenges will come and new issues will arise. But as long as programs like this is readily available for the friars, issues will be arrested at an early stage or it may even be prevented. But what is more important and remarkable is that as one friar faces his own issue, he is not facing it alone. He has his entire brothers to accompany him. This program is a beautiful reminder that a friar is not alone in his continuous search for God.           

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Fray Paul Demillones, OAR

Fray Paul Demillones, OAR

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  • All day
    November 1, 2021

    ALL SAINTS’ DAY

    “The Solemnity of All Saints is ‘our’ feast not because we are good,
    but because the holiness of God touches our lives.” (Pope Francis)

    75th ANNIVERSARY (1946-2021)
    OF JOHN PAUL II’s PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marjorie Palacat, AR
    Br. Reymar Macadagdag (prenov.)
    Bro. Leonardo Axalan, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Saraza, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

2
  • All day
    November 2, 2021

    +ALL SOULS’ DAY

    As we prayerfully remember our beloved dead, we are reminded that eternal life
    is not an unending succession of days, but an immersion of oneself in the ocean of infinite love, in which time, before and after, no longer exists.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

    Note: The customary celebration of the mass on this day at Himlayang Pilipino by the Recoletos Family members in Luzon is canceled.

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Zoraida Abrio, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Luz Velez, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Jocelyn Lozano, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Jovert Jimenez (RAY-Caidiocan)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Corazon Tolentino, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

3
  • All day
    November 3, 2021

    VI EDUCAR CONGRESS
    November 3-5, 2021
    for more info: www.educarnet.org/6educar

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lolita Esteves, AR
    Sis. Marites Sy, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Estelita Villanueva, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION (1971-2021)
    Fray Regino Bangcaya

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Bernardita Villamor, AR

4
  • All day
    November 4, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Zenaida Cabanes, AR
    Sr. Ma. Esperanza Mae Valmores, AR
    Bro. Ernesto Neri, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Arabella Ananoria, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    +Sis. Concepcion Rivera, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Agatha Quillope, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    +Sis. Fausta Perez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

5
  • All day
    November 5, 2021

    NEGROS DAY / AL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio, Jr.
    Fray Rey Jay Quevedo (simply prof.)
    Andrei John Ea (RAY-Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Federico de la Rosa (2000-2021)

6
  • All day
    November 6, 2021

    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Leoncia Bandal, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR
    Sr. Liezl Palabrica, AR
    Sis. Nimfa Buenaventura, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Jeaseamaine Genelaso (RAY-Provincialate)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +SARF members with undetermined date (m/d/y) of death:

    Cavite Chapter:

    +Bro. Rodelio Pacis, SAR
    +Bro. Dominador Magtoto, SAR
    +Sis. Loreta Escalona, SAR
    +Sis. Marie Escobar, SAR
    +Sis. Pilar Fajardo, SAR
    +Sis. Juanita Fernandez, SAR
    +Sis. Rizalina Gomez, SAR
    +Sis. Luz Lareza, SAR
    +Sis. Luz Llamado, SAR
    +Sis. Zenaida Madlangsacay, SAR
    +Sis. Felicidad Magbanua, SAR
    +Sis. Aurelia Magtoto, SAR
    +Sis. Juanita Mercado, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Monteclaro, SAR
    +Sis. Teofista Montemayor, SAR
    +Sis. Josefina Olaes, SAR
    +Sis. Concepcion Papa, SAR
    +Sis. Eugenia Reyes, SAR
    +Sis. Maria Rodriguez, SAR
    +Sis. Evangelina Rustia, SAR
    +Sis. Purificacion Samala, SAR
    +Sis. Cely Santillan, SAR
    +Sis. Josefina Santos, SAR
    +Sis. Catalina Sartre, SAR
    +Sis. Elena Solis, SAR
    +Sis. Soledad Columna, SAR
    +Sis. Priscilla Encarnacion, SAR
    +Sis. Remedios Francisco, SAR
    +Sis. Paz Adriano, SAR
    +Sis. Gloria Agana, SAR
    +Sis. Esther Aguicho, SAR
    +Sis. Angela Almario, SAR
    +Sis. Isabelita Antonio, SAR
    +Sis. Isabel Asistones, SAR
    +Sis. Isabel Asistones, SAR
    +Sis. Elpidia Bonanza, SAR
    +Sis. Barbara Borromeo, SAR
    +Sis. Constancia Crescini, SAR
    +Sis. Modesta Custodio, SAR
    +Sis. Gloria de Castro, SAR
    +Sis. Velia de Guzman, SAR
    +Sis. Fortunata de la Vega, SAR
    +Sis. Virginia Soriano, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Tacuyan, SAR
    +Sis. Soledad Tirona, SAR
    +Sis. Corazon Victa, SAR
    +Sis. Aurora Victoriano, SAR
    +Sis. Remedios Vitancol, SAR
    +Sis. Pat dela Vega, SAR
    +Sis. Paz Benitez, SAR

    Tondo Chapter:
    +Bro. Petronilo de Jesus, SAR
    +Bro. Jesus Silvestre Jose, SAR
    +Bro. Leonardo Ostia, SAR
    +Bro. David Remedios, SAR
    +Bro. Numeriano Villamea, SAR
    +Sis. Pilar Adriano, SAR
    +Sis. Ma. Viz Dayap, SAR
    +Sis. Aurora de Guzman, SAR
    +Sis. Dolores de Jose, SAR
    +Sis. Nenita de Jose, SAR
    +Sis. Narcisa Espiritu, SAR
    +Sis. Lucia Garcia, SAR
    +Sis. Susan Grulla, SAR
    +Sis. Conchita Ninal, SAR
    +Sis. Amelita Paloyo, SAR
    +Sis. Dolores Pangan, SAR
    +Sis. Juniolita Soquilon, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Tuazon, SAR
    +Sis. Felicitas Umali, SAR
    +Sis. Estrellita Villamea, SAR
    +Sis. Pacita Villamor, SAR
    +Sis. Virginia Villanueva, SAR
    +Sis. Carmelita Zaldariaga, SAR

    Manila Chapter:
    +Bro. Gener Montemayor, SAR
    +Sis. Carina Juan, SAR
    +Sis. Norma Aquino, SAR
    +Sis. Cirila Villan, SAR

    Miranila Chapter:
    +Sis. Fortunata Castañeda, SAR
    +Sis. Lilia dela Paz, SAR
    +Sis. Amancia Gagui, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Manese, SAR

    Provincialate Chapter:
    +Sis. Elnora Bobiles, SAR
    +Sis. Lorenza Liwag, SAR

    Talisay Chapter:
    +Bro. Rodolfo Mijares, SAR

    Baguio Chapter:
    +Bro. Thomas Buenaobra, SAR

    Cebu Chapter:
    [543 deceased SARF members]

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    November 7, 2021

    BLD. GRATIA OF KOTOR, Religious
    (Patron of OAR Lay Collaborators)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Palomo, AR
    Sis. Florence Fajatin, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Zenaida Alix, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Petrona Camay, SAR (Laray Chapter)

8
  • All day
    November 8, 2021

    START OF THE NOVENA TO NUESTRA SRA. DE LA SALUD

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Galinato, AR
    Bro. Diosdado Dayao, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Diosdada Uy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Ramchand Mansukhani, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Ofelia Sanchez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

9
  • All day
    November 9, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Jaruda, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Jesus Pastor Paloma (1996-2021)
    +Sis. Francisca de los Santos, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

10
  • All day
    November 10, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Hermosilla Torreon, AR
    Sis. Janet Palencia, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Lourdes de San Agustin, AR
    +Sis. Cristina Sablada, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

11
  • All day
    November 11, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Gemma Netollama, AR
    Sr. Christie Maquiling, AR
    Sis. Alma Jocson, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Fernanda Balaba, AR

12
  • All day
    November 12, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristine Tenio, AR
    Sis. Yolanda Fortus, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Rosina Torres, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Corazon Nartia, AR
    +Sis. Luisa Bautista, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

13
  • All day
    November 13, 2021

    AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO’S 1,667th BIRTHDAY

    ALL SAINTS OF THE ORDER

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Mo. Remedios de la Cruz, AR
    +Sr. Rechilda Llorando, AR

14
  • All day
    November 14, 2021

    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
    (cf. Pope Francis’ Message: “The poor will always have with you”)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Clementina Galve, AR
    Sr. Luzviminda Escal, AR
    Bro. Romeo David, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Melanie Oquias, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Angela Lachica (RAY-Miranila)

15
  • All day
    November 15, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR (Tangub Monastery)
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Abellaniza, AR
    Sis. Adela Alfredo, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Encarnacion del Santissimo Sacramento, AR
    +Sr. Consolacion Salamanca, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Belen Muñez, AR
    +Sr. Juana Mirasol, AR

16
  • All day
    November 16, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roldan Benemerito (simply prof.)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Carmen Alba, AR
    +Sis. Irene Bitala, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    1ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOLEMN DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH AND ALTAR OF OLMCP-R, CEBU CITY AND VIGIL MASS OF LA SALUD
    Mass Presider: Bp. Midyphil Billiones, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu
    Live streaming @ 5:00 P.M.

17
  • All day
    November 17, 2021

     

    Fiesta Mass of La Salud @ OLMCP-R Cebu
    Live streaming @ 5:30 P.M.

    Fiesta Mass of La Salud @ SNDTP Quezon City
    Live streaming @ 6:00 P.M.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nestor Raras
    Fray James Francis Bago (simply prof.)
    Sis. Marielou Aventajado, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Leonora Bonifacio, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

18
  • All day
    November 18, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Elena Sibug, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Caberoy, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ricarda Raganas, AR
    +Sis. Cleofe Melegrito, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

19
  • All day
    November 19, 2021

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

    FOURTH CENTENARY OF THE 1ST GENERAL CHAPTER OF THE RECOLETOS / November 19-30, 1621

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Dolores Diana, AR
    Sr. Nobie Noman, AR
    Sr. Ma. Jeanne Partosa, AR
    Sr. Josephine Tanio, AR
    Sis. Isabelitra Gregorio, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Gizelle del Rosario, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Nelfa Roselim, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Monica Lorevella Negre (RAY-Talisay)

20
  • All day
    November 20, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Mo. Eufemia Lauzon, AR
    Bro. Michael Valle, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Felisa Fernandez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Rea Mae Avila (RAY-Provincialate)
    Jasper Caranyagan (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (2001-2021)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Celestina de San Nicolas de Tolentino, AR
    +Bro. Norberto Timbol, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

21
  • All day
    November 21, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

    WORLD YOUTH DAY 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Angelice Tan (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF APPOINTMENT AS ARCHBISHOP
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung (Diocese of Kaoshiung, Taiwan)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1998-2021)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Santos Serato (2003-2021)
    +Sr. Ma. Clara Flores, AR

22
  • All day
    November 22, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Joselito Bondoc, SAR (Tondo Chapter) S
    is. Jelly Azada, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Daisy de la Torre, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Consejo de Santa Monica, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Paulita Llacer, AR

23
  • All day
    November 23, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Erika Nicole Fruylan (RAY-Bacolod)

24
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    November 24, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Sr. Fulgencia Relos, AR
    Sr. Cathryn Nove Vila, AR
    Sis. Flora Atienza, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Maria Cecilia Batongbakal, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sherwin Louie Laserna (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Imelda Lachica, AR
    +Sr. Mary Bernard Matanguihan, AR
    +Sis. Julieta Savellano, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

25
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    November 25, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes, Jr
    Sr. Ma. Ninfa Inzon, AR
    Bro. Erasmo Degamo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Conrada Manrique, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Kate Lynn Alvarado (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Carmela de Santa Teresita, AR
    Sr. Francisca Abad, AR

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  • All day
    November 27, 2021

    MEETING OF THE PRIORS PROVINCIAL WITH THE PRIOR GENERAL AND COUNCIL
    November 27-December 4 / Casa de San José, Madrid

    MEETING OF THE PRE-CAPITULAR COMMISSION OF THE 56TH GENERAL CHAPTER
    November 27-December 4 / Casa de San José, Madrid

    DIACONAL ORDINATION (Philippines)
    Fray Ricky John A. Austria
    Fray Julius James T. Tinapao
    Fray James Erold P. Gatinao
    Ordaining Prelate: Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches
    OLCP, Miranila, Quezon City/9:30 A.M.

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ivan Cuison (simply prof.)
    Sr. Antonietta Castañares, AR
    Sr. Rhiza Eltanal, AR
    Bro. Valeriano Pariñas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Carmen Labay, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    November 28, 2021

    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    PRAYER INTENTION:  FOR THE MISSION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    XXIII FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
    of the PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO (1998-2021)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eva Grace Cadungog, AR
    Bro. Ruel Alcedo, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Rosario Galang, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Jaycell Castillo (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2013-2021)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan

    10th ANNIVERSARY (2011-2021) OF ACCEPTANCE AS BROTHERS/SISTER GENERAL OF THE ORDER (OAR)

    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton
    Dr. Milagros Espina

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Marina Satin, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    November 29, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Glynn Ortega
    Sis. Iluminada Lucio, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Ester Anacleto, AR
    +Sis. Bernardita Broce, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

30
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    November 30, 2021

    ANDREW, apostle

    Holiday: BONIFACIO DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Andres Benitez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Bonifacio Baran, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Belen Buncag, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    Note: Local Priors, pls. prepare to submit your Community Reports

    

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