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Fray Ian Anthony R. Espartero, OAR is new Prior of RFC

By Fray James Francis Bago, OAR | August 8, 2022 |
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Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY – Recoletos Formation Center community had its new local prior, Rev. Fr. Ian Anthony R. Espartero, OAR installed by Rev. Fr. Bernard C. Amparado, OAR, Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, last August 8, 2022. The Rite of Toma de Posesion of Fray Ian was started with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by the Prior Provincial himself at St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel. During the homily, Fr. Bernard highlighted the Communitarian Character of the Order as he quoted the paragraph 18 in the Article 3 of the OAR Constitutions, “in the practice of…


Los Vocacionados 2022: Journeying Towards the Call

BAGUIO CITY-As a new formation year begins, young men from various provinces of the country have assembled and stayed in the Minor Basilica and Parish of San Sebastian in Quiapo, Manila, for three days before proceeding to Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary last July 20-23, 2022. There are six aspirants from Bohol, four from Negros Occidental; two…


14 Simply Professed Friars renew their vows

MIRA NILA HOMES, Quezon City- Fourteen simply professed friars of Recoletos Formation Center renew their simple profession of vows as a religious of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. Their renewal was received at St. Thomas de Villanova last June 20, 2022 by Fray Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, the outgoing Local Prior with two other witnesses…


RST holds Solemn Investiture with new Prior General and Prior Provincial

MIRA-NILA, Quezon City – June 3, 2022, was a meaningful day for the graduating students of Recoletos School of Theology (RST). Rev. Fr. Bernard C. Amparado, OAR, the Prior Provincial-elect and the new RST Chairman of the Board of Trustees, presided over the mass alongside Fr. Miguel Angel Hernandez, the new Prior General together with…


Fray Renacia successfully defends thesis

On April 1, 2022, Fray Mark Rochelle Renacia, OAR successfully defended his Doctoral Thesis, entitled “An Ecological Approach to Augustine’s Teachings on Creation in the Light of Laudato Si’” presented at the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid. He was awarded with an Outstanding (Sobresaliente) grade by the panel of examiners of the university. Religious from…


Seminarians Donate Blood a Second Time

After two years, the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center (BGHMC) conducted a blood donation drive at Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary last March 13, 2020. The BGHMC headed by Dr. Aurelia Navarro, MD in partnership with Asin Health Center harvested 25 bags of blood; just three bags shy from the last collection last June 17, 2020. “I…


Presbyteral Ordination of Fray Ramon Bitancor, III, OAR (December 4, 2021)


“The Church rejoices and celebrates”- Bishop Bacani says on Fray Bitancor’s Presbyteral Ordination

Mira Nila, QUEZON CITY—An Augustinian Recollect deacon was ordained to the Sacred Order of Presbyterate on Saturday, December 4, 2021, a day before the 433rd founding anniversary of the Augustinian Recollection, at Our Lady of Consolation Parish. Most Rev. Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr., DD, Bishop-Emeritus of Novaliches, officiated the Presbyteral Ordination, together with Fray Ian…

Renewal of Vows. Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon, Jr., OAR, Prior of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva-Recoletos, the Augustinian Recollect community in San Carlos City, leads the Renewal of Vows on OAR Day 2021.

Augustinian Recollects in San Carlos City Join in OAR Day 2021

SAN CARLOS CITY, Negros Occidental – With the celebration of the Holy Mass last December 5, 2021, the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental commemorated the OAR Day 2021, which marks the 433rd  Founding Anniversary of the Order. Renewal of Vows 2021 Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon, Jr., OAR led his…


Bishop Gaa ordains 3 OAR friars to Sacred Order of the Diaconate

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY—A day before the 23rd anniversary of the foundation of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, three Augustinian Recollect solemnly professed friars were ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate on November 27, 2021 at Our Lady of Consolation Parish. Most Rev. Roberto O. Gaa, DD, Bishop of the Diocese…