Social & Ecological Concerns

Understanding the Season of Creation

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR / September 1, 2021 /

The spirit of the Season of Creation is to bring us together for common prayer and action to protect our common home. This year’s theme is: A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God. To better reflect on the theme, we should dissect it in parts and relate the intersectional core messages of this year’s…

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USJ-R Balamban, ForSOAR de Cebu and Arcores International launch ‘Gugma ni San Jose’

By Chito Sy / June 30, 2021 /

CEBU CITY— ‘Gugma ni San Jose’ (Love of St. Joseph), a community pantry initiative of University of San Jose–Recoletos de Balamban, ForSOAR de Cebu and Arcores International was successfully launched last June 26, 2021. As ‘Gugma ni San Jose’ brings the spirit of the Year of St. Joseph into fruition, the launching distributed 150 packs…

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Heart Solidarity Award in the Philippines

By Agustinos Recoletos / May 29, 2021 /

Note: This article is also posted on the official website of ARCORES International ( ARCORES International, the social arm of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, recognizes, giving “the Heart Solidarity Award”, the exemplary efforts of organizations animated by the religious communities and partners during the covid pandemic in the Philippines. The 2020 Heart Solidarity Campaign…

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CaReS Kindness Station inaugurated

By Bro. Jesse Meer E. Alipes / May 17, 2021 /

Baguio City— Aside from the virus, kindness is also contagious. Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary (CaReS) officially inaugurates CaReS Kindness Station on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, last May 1, 2021. Also on the celebration of National Labor Day, 64 indigent beneficiaries received rice, goods, bread, and perishable goods such as vegetables and spices, poultry…

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By Elmeer Meeynard Calimpos / May 7, 2021 /

In cooperation with the University Community Development Office (UCDO), this 3- in- 1 celebration for a cause dubbed as “Pantry ni San Jose” was initiated by Fray Ronel P. Gealon, OAR in line with his 28th Sacerdotal Anniversary last April 11; his 33rd year anniversary in Religious Life last April 30, and the celebration of…

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A Vaccine for All

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR / February 26, 2021 /

For almost a year in this pandemic, we are still hoping for a cure to the dreaded COVID-19. Death toll continues to rise. Before the end of this month, almost 2.5 million deaths worldwide have been recorded (as of February 19, 2021, approximately 2,448,188 deaths). And yet, the vaccine war is creating instability in the…

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In Action: Men and Women in Orange

By Fray Paul Demillones, OAR / December 3, 2020 /

Valencia, Negros Oriental—The humble Church of this municipality, the Parish Our Lady of the Abandoned administered by the religious of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, has been part of the lives of the people residing in this locality. For years already, the parish has provided all the means she has to provide the spiritual needs…

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RFC-RST Outreach Program

By Fray Jhoben Rodriguez, OAR / November 30, 2020 /

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY–Recoletos Formation Center and Recoletos School of Theology, in partnership with St. Ezekiel Moreno Novitiate-Recoletos and Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity Antipolo Chapter, initiated activities for those people suffering the brunt of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. The friars of the abovementioned communities, together with some lay donors, after seeing the impact of…

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CaReS donates 28 bags of blood amidst Covid-19 pandemic

By Bro. Ioannes Arong / June 19, 2020 /

BAGUIO CITY–The demand for blood has always been higher than its supply. This is a fact known only too well to Roselyn Reyes, a Medical Technologist III at the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center (BGHMC). “The need for blood reaches approximately 50 units a day at BGHMC alone,” she said. “On ordinary days, we could…

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USJ-R dean represents Philippines and virtually discusses Teacher Education Institutions’ Initiatives on Biodiversity

By USJ-R Correspondent / June 6, 2020 /

CEBU CITY–June 5 is World Environment Day. To celebrate this, SEAMEO-UNESCO organized a joint webinar for this celebration entitled “COVID-19 Effects on Biodiversity: Science Education Reimagined.” USJ-R Dean of the College & Graduate School of Education and ESD Center Director Dr. Jestoni Babia is invited as panelist to discuss Teacher Education Institutions’ Initiatives on Biodiversity…

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