Recoletos and Recoletas celebrate together Christ’s birthday

MANILA—As the whole Christian world celebrated the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Augustinian Recollect religious, priests, sisters, and formands were gathered at St. Rita College, Manila for the annual OAR-AR Christmas Gathering. The Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters, headed by their Superior General, Mo. Lucena Antipala, AR, hosted this yearly assembly of … Read more

11th National Convention of SARF-Brazil touches on St. Augustine’s view on lay people

Sao Paolo, BRAZIL – The Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity of Brazil celebrated its 11th National Convention with St. Augustine’s vision on the laity as the main theme for reflection from November 15 to 18. It was the first ever Convention right after the completion of the process of the Order’s restructuring. Fraternity implies a daily … Read more

Fray Juan Pablo Martínez is new General Secretary

ROME — Fray Juan Pablo Martínez Peláez, OAR was appointed General Secretary of the Order of Augustinian Recollects during the General Council meeting held in Rome last November 12, 2018. The appointment disseminated to all Provinces through Protocol CG 180/2018, dated November 13, 2018, was made by the Prior General with the consent of his … Read more

Bp. Carlos Briseño as new bishop of Veracruz, Mexico

MEXICO—Pope Francis has named Bishop Carlos Briseño, OAR, as the new bishop of Veracruz, Mexico. At present, Msgr. Carlos is the Titular Bishop of Tricala and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Mexico. He was consecrated as bishop in 2006. Msgr. Carlos Briseño was named by Pope Francis as the new bishop of Veracruz after … Read more

St. Ezekiel Province to commemorate 20th founding anniversary

QUEZON CITY – “The countdown to the celebration of our Province’s 20th ‘birthday’ on November 27-28 is in its last three weeks,” wrote Fray Dionisio Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial, in his official communication released Tuesday and addressed to all religious of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno. The two-day program will commemorate the creation of … Read more

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

(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

Recoletos de Indonesia starts adjustment period; Father Provi reports visit

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

Pioneer OAR Missionaries to Indonesia leave today

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

“Curso de Preparación para la Profesión Solemne” concluded

Marcilla, Navarra, SPAIN — The six-week course of preparation for the solemn profession ended on August 24, 2018. The international group of sixteen participants consisted of friars from eight countries: Spain, Colombia, Philippines, Venezuela, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, and the USA. Five simply professed Filipino friars joined the course namely Fray Jovy Gallego, Fray Andrie … Read more