SARF de Filipinas online celebration: “Holding on to Faith in the Midst of Suffering”

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by Sis. Yolanda V. Zaragoza (SARF de SEMoNoRe Chapter) and Lino Sumbillo Jr. (SARF de UNO-R Chapter)

QUEZON CITY—God is good, all the time. The current pandemic did not hinder the Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity (SARF) from celebrating the feast of St. Magdalene of Nagasaki, Patroness of SARF, last October 20, 2020, with the theme “Holding on to Faith in the Midst of Suffering.” It was done virtually via Zoom meeting, participated by the 17 SARF chapters from the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.

As early as January this year, the SARF members were already excitedly preparing for what could have been the SARF National Convention in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Not a few have already purchased their plane tickets and have made reservations for their board and lodging. Some have even made plans to visit their relatives and friends as well, aside from touring nearby tourist spots. However, the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic compelled the indefinite postponement of the National Convention, hindering such plans.

Notwithstanding the pandemic and the restrictions imposed by the government, the internet has made the conduct of virtual meetings and other SARF activities possible, but within the limits set by the guidelines of the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. The celebration of the feast of St. Magdalene of Nagasaki still pushed through, albeit virtually, with 232 participants (comprising 18 priests; 1 deacon; 3 Augustinian Recollect Sisters; 11 candidates from Sierra Leone, Africa; and 199 SARs from various chapters).

The celebration started at 4:00 pm with a Holy Mass streamed live from San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church in Quezon City. The Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR), Fray Dionisio Q. Selma, was the main celebrant while being concelebrated by the friars of the Provincialate. Sis. Rosario Galang, SAR and Sis. Emilie Pandong, SAR from San Nicolas de Tolentino Chapter served as lector and commentator, respectively. In his homily, the Prior Provincial reminded everyone that wherever we are, we are called to follow the Lord to be holy and to be happy. According to him, this is our ultimate goal in life.

Following the Holy Mass was vespers, which was participated by all SARF chapters in the province, after which Fray Miguel Miro Miro, OAR, the Prior General of the OAR, delivered a congratulatory message in Spanish (translated into English by Fray Raul M. Buhay, OAR). He emphasized the importance of prayer, love, and unity in this time of need; prayer and love should be shared in the family. The Prior General further cited the message of His Holiness Pope Francis on unity and peace toward our salvation because we are all children of God.  

The program proper started shortly thereafter, with the singing of a new version of the St. Magdalene of Nagasaki hymn (Lyrics by Dwight J. Ypanto; music and vocals by Bro. Jocabz Cabanes, SAR). The hosts were Bro. Elmar Malvar, SAR of SARF San Sebastian Basilica and Bro. Lino Sumbillo, Jr., SAR of SARF de UNO-R Bacolod Chapter. In between messages delivered by speakers, trivia games with cash prizes were played and pre-recorded presentations from different chapters were showcased.

The opening prayer and the opening remarks were led by Fray Emeterio D. Buñao, OAR (SARF National Assistant Spiritual Adviser). The message immediately resonated as he opened the session with questions like “What made St. Magdalene’s faith so strong?”, and “How did she get it?” Sis. Zenaida R. Lapuz, SAR, the SARF National Vice President for Luzon, enumerated the objectives of the celebration and acknowledged the participants from the different chapters. This was followed by a message from Fray Bernabe M. Dosdos, OAR (SARF National Spiritual Adviser) where he emphasized the spirit of mission and oneness as vital in holding on to faith. 

In his message, the Prior Provincial focused on “identity and mission.” He invited the candidates and members to make a self-examination, asking among others the following questions: Do you know yourself? Do you know what the SARF is? What is your purpose? Why are you consecrating or dedicating yourself, your service to this family following the charism, the spirituality of the Augustinian Recollect? He emphasized that “If you do not know your identity, you will be confused and you will not commit wholeheartedly to your mission in this fraternity.” He encouraged all spiritual advisers and all the religious to accept, accompany and inspire the members of the fraternity and to continue to form them so that “as pilgrims, together we are going towards the same direction on our way to God”.

Sis. Carmenda S. Leonoras, SAR (SARF National Vice President for Visayas) presented the newest SARF chapter, the SARF de Kamalo, Sierra Leonne, Africa. This was succeeded by the response of Fray Jose Prudencio G. Castillo, OAR (SARF de Kamalo, spiritual adviser). Fray Castillo gave thanks for the recognition of the new chapter and reiterated that the spirit of the mission work is conquering boundaries beyond countries. The newly-organized SARF de Kamalo in Sierra Leone is an example.

Ceres C. Alcantara, SAR, SARF National 1st councilor for Luzon, introduced the guest speaker, Fray Ian Anthony Espartero, OAR (Vicar of the Province and President of Secretariat of Spirituality and Liturgy), who shared his personal encounter with COVID-19 and how it affected his community. “Be convinced of God’s presence,” he said, “bow down and embrace God, remember that He is God and proclaim it (His will be done)”. These were constantly his thoughts which made him more faithful in such trying times. He also emphasized the importance of taking care of one’s self as he shared the 6Rs in self-care: (1) Recognize, (2) Reconnect, (3) Reflect, (4) Renew, (5) Reframe, and (6) Refrain. He also shared what we as individuals and as a community have to put a stop on, which he called the HALT of life: H-hunger, A-Anger, L-Loneliness, & T-Tiredness. To do this, self-care is a must. Furthermore, he reiterated that the best self-care is “Soul Care.”

Edwin T. Ruiz, SARF national president, shared a short message where he mentioned that in this extraordinary time, we must live right, that is, to live with only the essentials in life. Perhaps this pandemic is really a blessing in disguise as it taught us to live simply and closer to God, to our family, and the church. He also took the opportunity to thank and acknowledge those who, in one way or another, helped in making this celebration (and the activities leading to the celebration) a success. In particular, he thanked the SARF “technical wizards” (Sis Maria Windie “Marwin” Oane, SAR, Bro. John Romeo “Jocabz” Cabanes, SAR and Bro. John Eduard “Jayzl” Nebre, SAR) for making the novenas, septenary, and the Triduum in honor of the saints of the Order and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, prayed by the 16 local chapters regularly. Special thanks, too, to Sis. Ceres Alcantara, SAR of SARF de San Sebastian Basilica for providing the Zoom account used in the virtual celebration.

Fray Vicente L. Ramon Jr., OAR, highlighted suffering in his message. He stated that nobody is exempted from suffering. It can be as simple as suffering from learning new technology or suffering from financial difficulties, or even health concerns. Indeed, suffering in the time of COVID-19 tested our faith, and yet it heralded a time for healing. Not just healing of faith, but the healing of the world and Mother Earth. As SARF members, we pray not to hold on to faith, but rather to live the faith.

Fray Leopoldo V. Estioko, OAR (Regional Spiritual Adviser for Cebu) talked about our fear of suffering. He said that if we can only see suffering in the light of positivity, we may be able to strengthen our faith. Others often complain that they suffer much, but only a few accept suffering as an expression of love (like parents who suffer for the good of the family). As SARF members, we should realize the importance of suffering as a means to our salvation. We must connect deeply with the sacraments as they give meaning to suffering. In summary, he said, “because of Jesus, we can speak that suffering is a call, a vocation”. It is hoped that the real meaning of suffering will be revealed to us in due time. As the celebration wound down, Fray Estioko led the closing prayer. The other St. Magdalene of Nagasaki hymn (music and lyrics by Carmelo Sibug with vocals by Niño Salenga) was played as everybody bade farewell.

In such a short time, so much had been shared to rekindle our camaraderie as brothers and sisters in SARF, and our love with the Lord. It was indeed a memorable celebration.

Happy Fiesta everyone! May Saint Magdalene of Nagasaki continue to intercede for us all. 

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  • All day
    June 1, 2021

    MEETING OF THE PRE-CAPITULAR COMMISSION

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Raul Buhay Fray Russell Lapidez
    Sis. Susana Batin, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Estella Buelo, SAR (Manila Chapter)

2
  • All day
    June 2, 2021

    150th SACERDOTAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1871-2021) OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    [Ordaining prelate: Manila Archbp. Gregorio Melitón Martínez]

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Constantino Real
    Sis. Consuelo de Castro, SAR (Cavite Chapter) Carl Veloso (RAY-Cavite)

3
  • All day
    June 3, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Roy Baluarte
    Fray Ramon Bitancor III (solemnly prof.) Sis. Clothie Canoy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

4
  • All day
    June 4, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE BAGUIO / June 4-6

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Milagros Lagan, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

5
  • All day
    June 5, 2021

    400th ANNIVERSARY OF POPE GREGORY XVs MILITANTIS ECCLESIAE
    (which elevated the Recoletos Province to the rank of Congregation)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1985-2021)

    Fray Francisco Antonio
    Fray Amadeo Lucero

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Purita Crom, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Herminigilda Claver, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Estelita Divinagracia, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

6
  • All day
    June 6, 2021-June 7, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI

    CARES, BAGUIO: TRANSITIO ET FORMATIO / GRADUATION

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Ma. Asuncion Zorilla, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Christine Joy Euraba (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Agustinus Agus (Archdiocese of Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia)

7
  • All day
    June 7, 2021

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE URBIZTONDO / June 7

     

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Teresita Aurigue, AR
    Sis. Josefina Mangulabnan, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Roberta Legaspi, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL & EPISCOPAL ORDINATIONS
    Most Rev. Raul Dael (Diocese of Tandag

8
  • All day
    June 8, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Mary Joy Dula, AR
    Sis. Cristina Crosland, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Yolanda Apacible, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Corazon Layumas, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Ryan Jimenez, D.D. (Diocese of Chalan Kanoa)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Amparo del Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR

9
  • All day
    June 9, 2021

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE ANTIPOLO / June 9-10

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Purificacion Glimada, AR
    Sr. Ma. Lea Eseo, AR
    Sr. Evangeline Pejano, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Porferia Georpe, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

10
  • All day
    June 10, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Joel Villaruel
    Bro. Arturo Catindig, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1984-2021)

    Fray Raul Buhay
    Fray Manuel Lipardo
    Fray Domingo Saladaga, Jr.
    Fray William Emilito Villaflor

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Carmela Garcia, AR
    +Sr. Soledad Cañete, AR
    +Sis. Estela Taburada, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Daisy Soguilon, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

11
  • All day
    June 11, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE MIRANILA / June 11-13

    BIRTHDAY

    Most Rev. Francisco de Leon
    (Diocese of Antipolo) Fray Bernabe Dosdos

    Sr. Ma. Divina Caabay, AR
    Sis. Rosalinda Rios, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1983-2021)

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

     

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Bro. Abraham Caballes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

12
  • All day
    June 12, 2021

    IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    [Philippine’s 123rd Independence Day]

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Lucita Anareta, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Adelaida Tanchico, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Micaela de la Virgen del Carmen, AR

13
  • All day
    June 13, 2021

    11TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    BIRTHDAY

    Mo. Lucena Antipala, AR (General Superior of the CARS)
    Sr. Antonia Pono, AR
    Sis. Herminia Ishii, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Lorna Cepe, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION (Religious Brother)
    (1998-2021)

    Fray Jaazeal Jakosalem

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Fe de la Sgda. Familia, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Amparo Serra, AR
    +Sis. Victoria Caturay, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

14
  • All day
    June 14, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Jose Teodulfo Jadulco

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1972-2021)

    Fray Federico Gregorio
    Fray Lauro Larlar
    Fray Ceferino Añez

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Michaela de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    +Mo. Maria Josefa Borces, AR
    +Sis. Angelina Yap, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

15
  • All day
    June 15, 2021

    50th Inauguration Anniversary of CSNT-R
    Talisay City, Negros Occidental)

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE TONDO/ June 15

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Nelson Plohimon
    Sr. Ma. Clotilde Edora, AR
    Sr. Adoracion Pagsisihan, AR Sr. Isis Vita Villagonzalo, AR
    Sis. Hilda Socrates, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Rosario Mamon, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Bro. Leo Calimutan, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Ma. Sophia Navarro (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Manuela de San Agustin, AR
    +Sis. Amalia Gatuslao, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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  • All day
    June 16, 2021

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE MANILA / June 16-17

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Aurelia Pastidio, AR
    Sis. Miriam Ruiz, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Rosalina Mangaoil, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Mary Jane Eranista, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Salvacion Rubia, SAR (Laray Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1974-2021)

    Fray Eric Peter Silab

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Encarnacion Hynson, AR

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  • All day
    June 18, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Corazon Barroca, AR
    Sis. Lourdes Florendo, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1978-2021)

    Fray Joseph Philip Trayvilla

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, DD (Diocese of Cubao)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Victor Jose Lluch (2004-2021)
    +Sis. Erlinda Dacalos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Ma. Celia Setias, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

19
  • All day
    June 19, 2021

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

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Rizalina Salera, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1977-2021)

    Fray René Paglinawan
    Fray Leonardo Pauligue
    Fray Samson Silloriquez

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, DD (Diocese of Imus)

    (2010-2021)
    Fray Leo Alaras
    Fray Michael Catama
    Fray Kenneth Joseph Onda
    Fray James Dexter Tanquis

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD (Diocese of San Pablo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Rosa de Padua, AR

20
  • All day
    June 20, 2021

    12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Renier Alviola
    Fray Enrico Nacorda
    Sis. Fe Enilog, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Reyson Valerio (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Leilani Alejandro, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

21
  • All day
    June 21, 2021

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Luis Antonio Card. Tagle (Prefect, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples)

    Sr. Ma. Luisa Borces, AR
    Sis. Angelita de Guzman, SAR (Miranila Chapter) Sis. Edna Genete, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    (2005-2021)
    +Jaime Cardinal Sin (Brother General of the Order)

22
  • All day
    June 22, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Paulino Dacanay

23
  • All day
    June 23, 2021

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE CAVITE / June 23-24

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Joan Marie Ubag, AR
    Sis. Elenora Tubiona, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

24
  • All day
    June 24, 2021

    NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Jesusa Pedrez, AR Sr. Juanita Payawal, AR
    Sis. Juanita Payawal, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Calderon, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Marilyn Semense, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Baby Rich Pajares (RAY-Caidiocan)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Presentacion Ramirez, AR

25
  • All day
    June 25, 2021

    RENEWAL VISIT 2021
    RECOLETOS DE PROVINCIALATE / June 25-26

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray William Emilito Villaflor
    Sis. Asuncion Magalona, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Prospera Jabagat, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Sean Feauna Narvasa (RAY-Balamban)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Luisa Padilla, AR

26
  • All day
    June 26, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Julius Marcos
    Fray Virgilio Calalang, Jr. (deacon)
    Fray Mark Joseph Quirante (simply prof.)
    Sis. Melinda Camero, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Whagie Saronillo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Winifreda Pahilanga, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Jamaicha Lapinid (RAY-Miranila)

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Vicente Navarra, DD (Bishop-emeritus of Bacolod)

27
  • All day
    June 27, 2021

    13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Elvira Vergara, AR
    Bro. Manuel Martinez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Bro. David de la Torre, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Lucita Dimaano, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2020-2021)

    Fray Joseph Neil Baygan
    Fray James Esplanada
    Fray Judd Galinato
    Fray Mc Ariel Capinpin
    Fray Mark Joseph Quirante

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ma. Catalina del Amor Misericordioso, AR
    +Sr. Crisanta Lerio, AR

28
  • All day
    June 28, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Enrico Silab
    Fray Samson Silloriquez
    Sis. Sonia Ramos, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1990-2021)

    Fray Bernabe Dosdos

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Francisco de Leon (Diocese of Antipolo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Margarita de Lumbania, AR

29
  • All day
    June 29, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF STS. PETER & PAUL, APOSTLES

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Pablicita Palatino, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1967-2021)

    Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, D.D. (Diocese of Bacolod)

    (2019-2021)
    Fray Neil Robert Alilain

    (2018-2021)
    Fray Helfrid D. Palmis
    Fray Jose Enrico V. Gallego
    Fray Rey Jay Y. Quevedo
    Fray Jhoben M. Rodriguez
    Fray Renz Calex C. Soriano

    GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    Fray Rafael Cabarles (1971-2021)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Neriza Hernandez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    +Sis. Aleja Abellar, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

30
  • All day
    June 30, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Bro. Aquilino Carino, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Leticia Tayao, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Teresita Bilbao, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Adelina Sacapano, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    +Sis. Laureana Quijano, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

   

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