Fray Emil A. Quilatan, OAR
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – August 28, 2017 (Monday) After four years of formation at the Recoletos Formation Center and careful evaluation six Augustinian Recollect friars made their solemn profession of vows with God’s mercy and with the support of the Augustinian Recollect family. These friars were:
Fray Paul S. Demillones, OAR
Fray Elpedio N. Sarita, Jr., OAR
Fray Robin Ross S. Plata, OAR
Fray Keneth B. Pahamutang, OAR
Fray Niel Ryan E. Jarumay, OAR
Fray Kenneth S. Caligdong, OAR
According to Canon Law, “by religious profession, members assume the observance of the three evangelical counsels [chastity, poverty and obedience] by public vow, are consecrated to God through the ministry of the Church, and are incorporated into the institute with the rights and duties defined by law” (CIC, n. 654; OAR Consts., n. 35). The above mentioned friars have been members of the Order of Augustinian Recollects of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno with simple vows which they renewed every year. With the solemn profession of vows they are now perpetual members of the Order.
The celebration began with the Holy Mass at 9:00 AM and it was held at the parish church of Our Lady of Consolation, Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City. The Holy Mass was presided by Very Rev. Fray Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, prior provincial. Together with him at the main altar were Fray Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, local prior of RFC, and Fray Kenneth Joseph Onda, OAR, Master of the Professed. More than forty priests who represented the different OAR communities in the province joined in the solemn liturgy as concelebrants. Fray “Paco” Legarra, OAR, of the province of St. Nicholas of Tolentine who happened to be visiting the country was also present at the celebration. Fray Jose Fortunato “Larry” J. Garces, OAR, served as the liturgist for the occasion.
Before the final blessing, Fray Paul Demillones, OAR, spoke in behalf of his batch words of acknowledgements and gratitude. After the final blessing that was pronounced by the prior provincial, group picture taking took place in the church then followed by the reception at the Bulwagan Recoletos Atrium.
MIRA-NILA HOMES, QUEZON CITY – August 11, 2017 (Saturday) The Recoletos School of Theology officially opens the Academic Year 2017–2018 with the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a traditional practice by all Catholic educational institutions in commencing the academic year praying for the help of the Holy Spirit. The Society of Jesus under St. Ignatius of Loyola strengthened its practice in 1548 in Italy until all Jesuit schools observed the Mass of the Holy Spirit after his death in 1556.
During the Mass the academic community led by priest main celebrant prayed for the Holy Spirit’s power to imbue all students and professors with its seven gifts (Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Fortitude, Piety, and Fear of the Lord) as they face the demands of the academe. Furthermore, the academic community asks the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom in order that they may see the presence of God in their studies and in their fellow students.
The Eucharistic celebration was held at the parish church of Our Lady of Consolation. The celebration of the Holy Mass began at 8:00 AM with a solemn procession led by the altar servers and priest concelebrants. Rev. Fr. Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, rector, was the main celebrant and homilist. Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, SThD, representative of UST was present during the Eucharistic celebration. Right after the homily all professors present took their oath of fidelity to Holy Mother Church by pronouncing the “Profession of Faith.” All RST students present also witnessed their mentors take their promise of fidelity. Finally, all RST community partook of the Holy Eucharist as one family in Christ.
To date there are fifty-two (52) students from eight (8) religious congregations enrolled in RST for the Academic Year, 2017-2018:
Augustinians of the Assumption (AA)
Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV)
Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR)
Order of St. Augustine (OSA)
Oblates Apostles of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary (OATH)
Pastoral Assistance and Community Education Mission (PACEM)
Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ)
Servants of Charity (SdC)
Dasmariñas City – July 5, 2017. Located in the commercial district of Cavite Province, Dasmariñas City celebrates the 150th foundation of its city and parish.
The celebration of the Holy Mass started at 5:00 PM with his Eminence, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, DD, as main celebrant and homilist. Together with him were Bishop Pedro Arigo, DD, Bishop Emeritus of the Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, Bishop Manuel Sobreviñas, DD, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Imus, and Very Rev. Fr. Dionsio Q. Selma, OAR, prior provincial of the Augustinian Recollect Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, and a good number of concelebrating priests. Present were various parish organizations and religious congregations. Government officials graced also the occasion.
During the Spanish colonial period, the city of Dasmariñas formerly belonged to the Augustinian Recollect Hacienda known as “Hacienda de San Juan Bautista de Imus” and it was called Perez-Dasmariñas. The inhabitants of the town were tenants of the Imus Hacienda.
Pérez-Dasmariñas originated from the mother town, Imus. In 1866, a group of nipa houses belonging to the barrios of Imus – Malagasag, Salitrán, Salacay, Paliparan, Malinta and Nancaan – were relocated and regrouped in a reducción (settlement) in barrio Tampus. This barrio was selected as the original site of the town of Pérez-Dasmariñas. It was here that the relocated residents elected their own gobernadorcillo and other local officials. When the physical organization of the residents was accomplished, the settlement was elevated to a civil town in 1867. The town was named after the Gomez Pérez Dasmariñas, governor-general of the Philippines (a. 1590-1593). That same year, i.e., 1867, the town became a canonical parish under the pastoral care of the Augustinian Recollects. The parish church and convent were constructed of stones and bricks, and the town's patroness is La Inmaculada Concepción.
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – May 27, 2017, the closing of the Academic Year, 2016-2017, at Recoletos School of Theology (RST) was highlighted with the graduation of twenty-four students. From this batch, seven Augustinian Recollect friars received the degree in Bachelor in Sacred Theology, and eight received the degree in Master of Arts in Theology.
Twenty-five years later, three Augustinian Recollect friars thank God for the Gift of the Priesthood03 Apr 2017
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City — April 3, 2017 (Monday) Rev. Fray Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR, Rev. Fray Joel S. Naranja, OAR, and Rev. Fray Antonio S. Limchaypo, OAR received the Sacred Order of Priesthood twenty-five years ago. They were ordained on April 19, 1992, Easter Sunday, at Our Lady of Consolation Parish Church, Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City. The late Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, His Excellency Leoncio Lat, DD, was the ordaining prelate.
On April 19, 2017, Easter Wednesday, exactly twenty-five years ago, Fray Quilatan, Fray Naranja, and Fray Limchaypo will come back to Our Lady of Consolation Parish Church to celebrate Holy Mass at 6:30 PM. The jubilarians are inviting their confreres, relatives, benefactors and friends to share their joy and gratitude to God on this momentous celebration. Laus Deo!
Schedule of Thanksgiving Masses
Rev. Fray Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR – April 22, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 AM, San Roque Parish Church, Cavite City
Rev. Fray Antonio S. Limchaypo, OAR – April 29, 2017, Saturday, 5:30 PM, San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church, Talisay City, Negros Occidental
Rev. Fray Joel S. Narnaja, OAR – May 1, 2017, Monday, 4:30 PM, San Miguel Parish Church, San Miguel, Iloilo
The Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno at 18: Three Augustinian Recollects Ordained to the Ministerial Priesthood20 Feb 2017
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – February 11, 2017 (Saturday) Three Augustinian Recollect deacons received the Sacred Order of the Priesthood.
As the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno celebrated its Eighteenth Anniversary of its inauguration on February 10, 2017, it was fitting to give thanks to God Almighty by offering three brothers of the province to the Holy Orders of the Priesthood for service to Holy Mother Church. On February 11, three Augustinian Recollect deacons — Rev. Fray Sir Michael C. Dineros, OAR, Rev. Fray John Paul R. Tanquis, OAR, and Fray Roweno Eugenio L. Hamo, OAR — were ordained by the Most Reverend Jose Advincula, Jr., DD, Archbishop of Capiz. The solemn rite of priestly ordination commenced with the Holy Mass at 9:00 AM. It was held at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Mira-Nila Homes, Congressional Avenue, Quezon City. The families and relatives of the newly ordained priests as well as the Augustinian Recollect Family and other guests graced the occasion.
To mark a special landmark in the history of the celebration of Holy Orders in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, for the first time the newly ordained priests received each The Certificate of Ordination signed by the ordaining prelate, Archbishop Advincula, DD. Then the much-awaited moment in the ceremony was the giving of the first assignments to the newly ordained priests. Rev. Fr. Jose Ernil F. Almayo, OAR, provincial secretary, read the letter of assignment of each:
Rev. Fr. Sir Michael C. Dineros, OAR is assigned in the Our Lourdes Chaplaincy, Barangay Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental;
Rev. Fr. John Paul R. Tanquis, OAR is assigned in the San Isidro Labrador Parish, Casian Island, Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan; and
Rev. Fr. Roweno Eugenio L. Hamo, OAR, is assigned in the Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Valencia, Negros Oriental
Rev. Fr. Roweno Eugenio Hamo, OAR gave words of acknowledgement and gratitude. After the final blessing given by the ordaining prelate the traditional kissing of the hand of the newly ordained priests followed.
The “Sangguniang Panlunsod” of Mabalacat City, Pampanga Officially Recognized the Augustinian Recollects!20 Feb 2017
Mabalacat City, Pampanga – January 31, 2017 (Tuesday) The “Sanguniang Panlunsod” of Mabalacat City officially declared that the Augustinian Recollects were its founders.
The “Sanguniang Panlunsod” issued RESOLUTION NUMBER 146 SERIES 2017 Dated January 25, 2017 that officially and publicly declared that the Augustinian Recollects were the founders of the town of Mabalacat (now city) and its parish.
The City Council members gave the documents to Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR, representing the Very Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, prior provincial, on January 31, 2017. This was held in the parish church of Our Lady of Grace during the eighth day of its Novena Mass in preparation for the city’s fiesta celebration. Rev. Fr. Quilatan, OAR, presided at the Mass. Then the parish pastoral council president, in the name of its parish priest, Msgr. Felicito C. Sison, gave as gift an icon of its patroness to Fr. Quilatan, OAR.
Before the final blessing, Rev. Fr. Quilatan, OAR, in behalf of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno and its prior provincial, gave words of gratitude to the city council members and the parish priest.
Historical Note: Mabalacat, Pampanga, was the only town and parish founded by the Augustinian Recollects since the Province of Pampanga during the Spanish colonial period was under the pastoral administration of the Augustinians. The Augustinian Recollects came first to Mabalacat in the eighteenth century and founded a mission station. According to Rev. Fr. Ángel Martínez Cuesta, OAR, the Order’s official historian, “In 1713, three Augustinian Recollects — Manuel de San Nicolás, Andrés de San Fulgencio and Juan de Santo Tomás de Aquino — evangelized of what is now Patling (now O’Donnel), Bamban, Mabalacat, Dinalupian, Talimarin and Capas” (Historia de los Agustinos Recoletos, Vol. I, p. 597).
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – August 12, 2016, the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit solemnly opened the academic year, 2016-2017, at Recoletos School of Theology.
The Holy Mass was celebrated in the St. Thomas of Villanova community chapel at 8:30 AM. Very Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, prior provincial, was the main celebrant and homilist. He was joined by other OAR priests — Rev. Fray Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, RST rector, Rev. Fray Leander V. Barrot, OAR, vice-rector, Rev. Fray Emilio E. A. Quilatan, OAR, RST Dean, Rev. Fray Jonathan Caballero, OAR, school treasurer, and Rev. Fray Larry Garces, OAR, liturgy professor. Other priests from other congregations whose seminarians are enrolled in RST concelebrated Holy Mass. Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, representative of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of UST of which RST is affiliated, was also present.
After the homily all priest professors of the RST faculty made their “Professio Fidei.” As required by the Holy See all professors teaching in seminaries are required to make the “Professio Fidei” (Profession of Faith). This act is a manifestation that all priest professors are to be faithful and obedient to the Church’s universal and local “magisterium.”
To date there are fifty seminarians from ten different religious congregations who are now candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology. And four students are now finishing their Master of Arts in Theology. Below are the religious Orders and Congregations whose seminarians are studying theology in RST:
OAR – Order of Augustinian Recollects
OSA – Order of St. Augustine
OP Miss. – Order of Preachers, Missionaries for the Deaf
OMV – Oblates of the Virgin Mary
OATH – Oblates Apostles of the Two Hearts
SCJ – Priests of the Sacred Heart
SdC – Servants of Charity
PACEM – Pastoral Assistance and Community Education Mission
ESHT – Emmanuel Servants of the Holy Trinity
CFIC – Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – May 28, 2016, seventeen students of Recoletos School of Theology (RST) were invested with the degrees in Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Masters of Arts in Theology. Seven Augustinian Recollects graduated from this batch.
The first part of the program was the Baccalaureate Mass that was held in the parish church of Our Lady of Consolation. The Holy Mass started at 8:30 AM. Fray Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, Rector of RST, was the main celebrant and homilist. Formators and guest priests from the other congregations concelebrated with the Father Rector.
The second part of the program, “The Commencement Exercises,” began at 10:30 AM. Rev. Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, OP, Dean of the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila, conferred on the 17 graduates the decree in Bachelor of Sacred Theology. Fray Robin Ross S. Plata, OAR, graduated with honors, Magna cum laude. Four other Recollect friars — Fray Paul S. Demillones, Fray Jorr S. Rabacal, Fray Kenneth Caligdong and Fray Niel Jarumay — graduated also with honors, Cum laude.
Rev. Fr. Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, conferred on the following OAR candidates the decree in Master of Arts in Theology:
Fray Robin Ross s. Plata, OAR, Major in Systematic Theology;
Fray Paul S. Demillones, OAR, Major in Systematic Theology, Meritus;
Fray Kenneth S. Caligdong, OAR, Major in Church History, Meritus;
Fray Jorr S. Rabacal, OAR, Major in Church History; and
Fray Felipe U. Rollon, OAR, Major in Church History
Fray Niel Ryan E. Jarumay, OAR, Translation, Meritus; and
Fray Elpedio N. Sarita, Jr., OAR, Translation, Meritus
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – March 19, 2016, as the Universal Church celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph, six first year OAR friars and six second year OAR friars received the ministry of lector and acolyte respectively. The celebration of the rite of institution of lector and acolyte was held at the parish church of Our Lady of Consolation, Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City. Rev. Fr. Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, prior of Recoletos Formation Center was the main celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Institution of Lector and Acolytes was done after the homily. Rev. Fr. Larlar, delegated by the prior provincial, Very Rev. Fray Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, presided the Rite of Institution.
The first year OAR friars who received the Ministry of Lector:
Fray Karl Abello, OAR
Fray Cristito Rey Tepace, OAR
Fray Julius Tinapao, OAR
Fray Ralfh Espiritu, OAR
Fray Virgilio Calalang, OAR
Fray Melvin Recla, OAR
The second year OAR friars who received the Ministry of Acolyte:
Fray Jessriel Marcha, OAR
Fray Tomakatsu Yamaguchi, OAR
Fray Andrie Pugate, OAR
Fray Jovy Gallego, OAR
Fray Maximilian Omem, OAR
Fray Bejamine Edobor, OAR
The Ministry of Lector and Acolyte are preparatory stages required before the reception of Holy Orders. The Lector is tasked to proclaim the Word of God (except the Gospel) at Holy Mass. He may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings (GIRM 99), and the Acolyte is tasked to assist the priest at Holy Mass as “Altar Server” and to distribute Holy Communion when necessity demands (cf. GIRM 187-192).