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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…

The Participants. Fray James Erold Gatinao, OAR, </br> Fray Ricky John Austria, OAR, and Fray Julius James Tinapao, OAR

Mes de Preparación 2021: The Culmination

Quezon City—The Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno witnessed the culmination of the month-long Course of Preparation, also known as Mes de Preparación, of the Province’s three friar-candidates for Solemn Profession. This year’s three Course participants—Fray Julius James T. Tinapao, OAR, Fray Ricky John A. Austria, OAR, and Fray James Erold P. Gatinao, OAR— underwent a…

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Prior Provincial receives Simple Profession of Vows of 4 friars

ANTIPOLO CITY—July 3, 2021, the special day when the whole Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno of the Order of Augustinian Recollects is grateful to God for the four courageous friars who made their Simple Profession of the Evangelical Vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The event took place at the chapel of St. Ezekiel Moreno…


RFC Formands instituted as Lectors and Acolytes

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY– On the occasion of the Feast of St. Rita of Cascia, eight (8) formands were instituted to the Ministry of Lectors and two (2) to the Ministry of Acolytes during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel, Recoletos Formation Center, last May 22, 2021.…

Br. Reymar Macadagdag kneels as he receives the OAR Cross necklace.

Province receives new Pre-Novices from CaReS

BAGUIO CITY–Three seminarians from Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary have been promoted to the Pre-Novitiate formation last June 6, 2021.  The formands are Br. Jestoni M. Latagan from Taytay, Palawan; Br. Reymar L. Macadagdag from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; and Br. Joseph Pham Duc Quoc from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The brothers will join the two…

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Invitation: RST Solemn Investiture 2021

Beneficiaries line-up station by station to wait their turn in the seminary façade.

CaReS Kindness Station inaugurated

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…

Two Orders, One Church. Rev. Fr. Aniceto Rodriguez, O.Carm., celebrates his Canta Misa </br> with the Recollect fathers at Sto. Tomas de Villanueva-Recoletos Chapel

New Carmelite Priest pays homage to his Recoletos roots

San Carlos City, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL–Ordained as one of the “pandemic priests” last February 2, 2021 in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Rev. Fr. Aniceto Rodriguez, O.Carm., came home to Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos to celebrate his Thanksgiving Mass with the Recoletos de San Carlos Community. A Recollect by Heart “Even though I am a Carmelite,…

The newly professed friar, Fray Chrislean Rey Pamilaga, OAR (4th from L) </br> is flocked by his Novice Master, Fray Roland Cepe (2nd from L), </br> Fray Dionisio Selma, Prior Provincial (center), Fray Paulino Dacanay, Prior of SEMoNoRe (far right) </br> and Fray Cristito Rey Tepace, deacon.

Simple Profession: A Good News for the New Year

Antipolo City, Rizal – As the religious of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno of the Order of Augustinian Recollects welcomed the year 2021, the Province also welcomed a new member of the Augustinian Recollect family. Fray Chrislean Rey Pamilaga, OAR, from Rizal, Palawan and a former Diocesan seminarian, made his simple profession of the…


Fray Ramon Bitancor, OAR: A Minister of the Word and the Eucharist

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY—A month after Fray Ramon Bitangcor, OAR, had his Solemn Profession of Vows, he was ordained to the Order of the Diaconate on December 5, 2020 on the occasion of the 432nd anniversary of the birth of the Augustinian Recollection. Located in the far-end of Mira-Nila Homes, a subdivision along Congressional…