Recoletos de Saipan celebrates feast of Nuestra Señora Bithen de los Remedios

By Fray Robin Ross Plata, OAR / October 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

(Article from North Star, Publication of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands) SAIPAN—October 14, 2018 marked a significant event for Santa Remedios Parish. Not only was it the celebration of their annual fiesta but this year, a “re-enactment” of the arrival of the image of Nuestra Señora Bithen Delos Remedios was also held. … Read more

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Recoletos de Indonesia starts adjustment period; Father Provi reports visit

By Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR / October 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

Provincial Curia, QUEZON CITY – A week before those natural disasters that wreaked havoc in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi hit the headlines, the Recoletos missionaries were already starting to acclimatize themselves to the routine of their new environment in Pontianak, at the extreme west of the island of Kalimantan (Borneo). Makassar Strait, a waterway … Read more

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Muchísimas gracias, Panamá

By Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR / September 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Provincial Curia, QUEZON CITY – After the rare opportunity, albeit relatively brief, to serve in the Recollect mission station in Bocas del Toro located in the northwestern part of Panama as well as in an OAR school in Panama City, the three Filipino Recollects could not help but express their deep gratitude: Thank you very … Read more

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A glimpse of the Recoletos mission in Cuba

By Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR / September 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

Antilla, Holguín, CUBA – The Augustinian Recollects arrived in Cuba on February 17, 2018, a Saturday. From a total of 32 volunteers, the General Office in Rome chose four friars to compose the international community: Fray Joel Naranja, Filipino, 54; Fray Jairo Gordillo, Colombian, 51; Fray Noe Servin, Mexican, 39; and Fray Ismael Xuruc, Guatemalan, … Read more

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Pioneer OAR Missionaries to Indonesia leave today

By Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR / September 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

Provincial Curia, QUEZON CITY—A new day is breaking for the Augustinian Recollection in Asia as two lionhearted friars leave today, September 18, for their Indonesian mission. Fray Russell Lapidez, OAR and Fray Dominador Mercado, Jr., OAR, former missionaries in Sierra Leone, West Africa, volunteered to live and work “in a new country in Asia”—as the … Read more

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Taiwan Augustinians gather—come rain or high water

By Fray Robin Ross Plata, OAR / August 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

Kaoshiung, TAIWAN—On August 28, 2018, we were set to leave our convent in Daliao at 8am towards The Kenting Catholic Center (墾丁天主教中心), the venue of our annual Augustinian gathering in Taiwan. The place is approximately 2 hours drive from our convent. The community’s car is ready, packed of the things we might need for the … Read more

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Recoletos de Saipan holds first CARAS formation

By Tonet Salcedo / August 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

San Roque Parish, SAIPAN – To implement the tasks given to the appointed Vocation Promoters and Youth Ministers, Recoletos de Saipan community introduced the first formation program for members of the Confraternity of Augustinian Recollect Altar Servers (CARAS).

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Kaohsiung archbishop visits Recoletos-run parishes

By Tonet Salcedo / July 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Kaohisung, TAIWAN – Every five years in the Diocese of Kaohsiung, the Local Ordinary together with some members of his Presbyteral Council and the Treasurer of the Diocese conduct an official pastoral visit to each parish within the Diocese. The last of such visit happened in the year 2013.

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Pioneering Recollect missionaries arrive in Cuba

By Frei Bo / February 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

CUBA—The first community of Augustinian Recollect missionaries  has already arrived in Cuba. In the morning of Saturday they travelled from Panamá to start their work of evangelization. We give thanks to God and entrust to him their mission.

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Recoletos de Saipan celebrates first anniversary of arrival in the island

By Frei Bo / August 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

SAIPAN–Biba San Roque! These were the words chanted by the parishioners and the many faithful who came to celebrate the Feast of San Roque – patron of Saipan’s northernmost church, last August 20, 2017. It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, a weather that surprised many given the rains that watered the island the … Read more

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