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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    August 1, 2020

    BUWAN NG WIKA STARTS

    PARISH FIESTA (31ST FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY) OF OLCP-R, LARAY, TALISAY CITY, CEBU
    5:00 p.m. / Presider & Homilist Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Gideon Antolin Lagrimas

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    August 2, 2020

    ST. JOHN MARIE VIANNEY SUNDAY

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Amada de Ramos, AR

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    August 3, 2020

    RST: START OF ENROLMENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jay Parilla
    Sr. Felma Elbanbuena, AR
    Carlos Benedict Rizaga (RAY-Balamban)

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    August 4, 2020

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (Diocese of San Carlos)
    Sr. Felisa Costonera, AR
    Sr. Eleuteria Lao, AR
    Sr. Yvette Galabo, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (Diocese of San Carlos)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Zenaida Ty, AR

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    August 5, 2020

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Mark Ryan Prado

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2007-2020)
    +Fray Oscar de la Rosa

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    August 6, 2020

    TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

    CHARTER DAY OF CEBU PROVINCE

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Consuelo de San Agustin, AR

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    August 7, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Concepcion Reston, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Concepcion Balin, AR

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    August 8, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Chrislean Rey Pamilaga (novice)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:
    +Sr. Regina Bianes, AR

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    August 9, 2020

    WORLD DAY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (cf. LAMP 52)

    BIRTHDAY
    Mayenne Flores (RAY-Baguio)

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    August 10, 2020

    START OF NOVENA TO ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Yolanda Navea, AR
    Sr. Myrna Arcegono, AR
    Daniela Barong (RAY-Tambo)

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    August 12, 2020

    3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE QUASI PARISH OF N.S. DEL CARMEN IN HINATUAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR

    REPORTING OF “OLDPHYTE” SEMINARIANS IN CARES, BAGUIO

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    REPORTING OF “NEOPHYTE” SEMINARIANS IN CARES, BAGUIO

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    August 15, 2020

    SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Mo. Ma. del Carmen, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Mamerta de San Agustin AR

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    August 16, 2020

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF SAN ROQUE PARISH
    Saipan, CNMI
    Time: 9:00 A.M. (Saipan Time) Presider: Most Rev. Ryan Jimenez, D.D.

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Church,
    Fanhua, Zhangzhi Township, Pingtung County (Diocese of Kaohsiung), Taiwan Time: 10:00 A.M.
    Presider: Fray Nimrod Launio

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1980-2020)
    Fray Constantino Real

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Adoracion Bonto, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Tomasa de San Jose, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Leonila Pesado, AR

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    August 17, 2020

    ST. CLARE OF MONTEFALCO

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Mashyll Entac, AR

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    August 18, 2020

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION OF A RELIGIOUS BROTHER
    (2001-2020)
    Fray Raymund Alcedo

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    August 19, 2020

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP II, 5c) SOLEMNITY OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS OF THE ST. EZEKIEL MORENO QUASI- PARISH, CAIDIOCAN, VALENCIA, NEGROS ORIENTAL
    Time: 10:00 A.M.
    Presider: Fray Jay Parilla

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Monastery
    25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLESSING AND INAUGURATION OF THE CHAPEL AND MONASTERY (Bacolod City)
    Time: 8:00 A.M.
    Presider: Most Rev. Vicente Navarra, D.D.

    FIESTA MASS IN HONOR OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    @ San Roque Parish, Saipan, CNMI Time: 6:00 A.M. (Saipan Time)

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SNTP Church (Quezon City) Time: 6:00 P.M.
    (Presider: —to be communicated later)

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Chapel (near Balon-Pari), Inagawan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Time & Presider: —to be communicated later)

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SEMONORE (Antipolo City) (Time & Presider: —to be communicated later)

    2ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RECOLETOS DE BALAMBAN COMMUNITY

    START OF THE NOVENA TO ST. AUGUSTINE

    QUEZON CITY DAY

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2002-2020)
    Fray Louie Gabinete
    Fray Jerome Virtudazo

    (2007-2020)
    Fray Ian Anthony Espartero
    Fray Allan Jacinto

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Judd Galinato (simply prof.)

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    August 21, 2020

    ST. POPE PIUS X

    NINOY AQUINO DAY

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archdiocese of Cebu)

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    August 22, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leander Barrot Fray
    Paul Demillones

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Lino Agunod (2007-2020)
    +Sr. Ma. Fe Luna, AR
    +Sr. Matilde del Rosario, AR

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    August 23, 2020

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH
    Linyuan, Kaohsiung
    Time: 3:00 P.M.
    Presider: Fray Corvin Maturan

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Benecia Olaño, AR
    Sr. Gecel Polestico, AR

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    August 24, 2020

    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF AUXILIARY BISHOP-ELECT MOISES CUEVAS (Diocese of Zamboanga)

    START OF REGULAR CLASSES IN RECOLETOS SCHOOLS

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1963-2020)
    Fray Emeterio Buñao
    Fray Dunstan Hubert Decena

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    August 25, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Angelika Perez (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1991-2020)
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Fray Carmelo Borces
    Fray Leopoldo Estioko
    Fray Gaudencio Geronimo de Mesa
    Fray Nemesio Tolentin

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Veronica de los Santos, AR
    +Sr. Andrea Cabunilas, AR

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    August 26, 2020

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO QUASI PARISH- RECOLETOS, Inayawan, Cebu City
    (Time & Presider: —to be communicated later)

    BIRTHDAY
    Mikaela Loraine Toro (RAY-Valencia)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1967-2020)
    Fray Rafael Cabarles

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Afra Medillo, AR

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    August 27, 2020

    FEAST OF ST. MONICA
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Genoveva de Asis, AR
    Judy Ann Mediavillo (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2009-2020)
    Fray Bob Cabanag

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Felicidad de Sto. Niño, AR
    +Sr. Geronima Ruiz, AR

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    August 28, 2020

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE OAR MISSION (cf. LAMP II, 5c) SOLEMNITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    25TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOLLECT AUGUSTINIAN YOUTH

    INSTALLATION OF MOST REV. JOSE CABANTAN AS ARCHBISHOP OF CAGAYAN DE ORO

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Agustin Culaton

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1988-2020)
    Fray Raul Buhay

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Monica de San Joaquin, AR

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    August 29, 2020

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

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    August 30, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Shiela Flores (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Sr. Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Consuelo Dangan, AR

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    NATIONAL HEROES’ DAY

     

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