CHALAN KANOA, SAIPAN—The newly installed bishop of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, His Excellency Bishop Ryan Jimenez, D.D., will formally install Fray Allan Rubett Cabatian, OAR as the new Parish Priest of San Roque Parish in Saipan on August 21, 2016 in the parish church of San Roque, Saipan. The Rite of Installation will be done in the afternoon within the 4 O'Clock Eucharistic Celebration.  This momentous event coincides with the festivity of its Patron Saint—San Roque.

Most Reverend Jimenez who was ordained and installed Bishop of Chalan Kanoa only last August 14, 2016 makes this event one of his firsts in his exercise as Local Ordinary. Fray Cabatian is now with Fray Neil Bullos, OAR in that part of the Northern Mariana Islands who will later on be joined by Fray Felipe Rollon, OAR.

KAMALO, Sierra Leone, West Africa—For two days, from August 5 to 6, 2016, the St. Paul the Apostle Parish hosted its annual Parish Youth Camp as propitious venue of handing out special formation programs to the youth sector of the local church. The theme was “Come and Let’s Answer Papa God’s Call.”

“The participants may just be few, mostly youngsters, but nevertheless it did not defeat the purpose of forming the young to grow more in their faith,” commented Fray Dennis Castillo, OAR, parish priest and over-all chair of the program.

The 6:00 AM holy mass at the parish church signaled the opening of the two-day activity. Registration and breakfast followed. At 9:00-10:30 AM, the participants listened to the talk, “God’s call and my true purpose.” After a 30-minute break, the second talk, “Vocation and Prayer” with special emphasis on the Augustinian Recollect way of praying was introduced.

Lunch at 1:00 PM, and at 2:30 PM, they watched the movie, “Jesus of Nazareth” in Temne language. The crucial processing after the film showing, pointing out “what was my favorite part,” was handled by the team in-charge. And it served as an excellent appetizer to the next activity: theatre arts and group presentation. To wrap up the first day, they prayed the holy rosary, then, took their dinner.

The second day also began with the usual morning mass at 6:00 AM. Again, the participants who were as active and vibrant as in the first day returned. They all helped in the cleaning of the surroundings and the session hall. They took breakfast at 8:00 AM, and, then, later, prayed together the holy rosary. A two-hour orientation on the “Youth Night” was given so as to ensure a smooth flow of the numbers.

The rest of the morning up to 3:00 PM was intended for practices and/or rehearsals. After which, they readied themselves for the last talk on “Personal Hygiene and Malaria” given by Ms. Ma. Estrella Hernandez, a Filipina nurse based in Sierra Leone.

At 6:00 PM, everybody was at the parish church for the holy hour and confession. Then, after dinner, the culminating activity—the Youth Night—saw them enjoying the showcase of their homegrown talents.

It was a great success, no doubt! “From their own poverty, the 32 participants shelled out some amount to partly realize this youth camp,” disclosed Fray Dennis. “And we are also grateful to those generous visitors who shared their talents, their faith, and their resources,” he added.

At the end of the day, everyone believed the youth camp was an investment: a way of engaging the young to build a stronger faith in Jesus and to widen their horizon for a brighter future by developing their potentials, and to never stop dreaming.


KAMABAI, Sierra Leone, West Africa—Localizing the spirit of the XXXI World Youth Day held in Krakow, the Our Lady of Sierra Leone Parish held its First Youth Camp last August 5 to 7, 2016. Fray Vincent Cadeliña, OAR, parish priest of said parish, initiated what was recounted as the first-ever youth day celebration here since the Recollects arrived. Success spelt the holding of the three-day events.

More than a hundred young people, including the four catechists, participated in those events combined with fun, work, learning, and encounter with the Lord in the sacraments.

On August 4, the day prior to those big days, joint forces of the excited young people coming from the different nooks of the parish came to show their palpable support to the youth camp. Manual preparations gave way to a cleaner and safer venue.

Day 1 schedule which opened at 8:00 AM included the usual registration and orientation. At 11:30, everybody assembled for the holy mass presided by Fray Mark Ryan Prado, OAR, the day’s birthday celebrator.  They partook of their lunch together at 1215, and, afterwards, by group, they accomplished their assigned responsibilities such as washing the dishes, cleaning the toilets, and preparing the session hall.

At 3:30 PM, Fray Prado returned to give a catechesis on the theme, “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt. 5:7), replicating that of the WYD in Poland. The Via Crucis followed, stretching from the Pastoral Center to Kassassie 1 Road uphill. A post-dinner catechesis on the sacrament of Penance was given by the parish priest himself, which aptly disposed the participants for the ensuing penitential rite and confessions. The praying of the rosary concluded the day.

Day 2 was marked by a barrage of talks: the first was given by Maria Charito Singco, a Filipina employed as Project Coordinator at the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited since 2007; the second on “Teamwork”, by Rutger, an intern student from Holland under Ms. Singco’s department; the third on “Faith in God”, by Kayla Fishbeck, an American from Texas who works as a volunteer researcher on malaria at the Catholic Relief Services in Freetown; the fourth on “Hygiene Awareness and Promotion: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Ebola Prevention and Control”, by Maria Estrella Hernandez, a Filipina nurse who started working in Salone (short for Sierra Leone) on the same year with Ms. Singco and presently working with her in the same company.

The last two talks continued in the afternoon: the fifth on “God’s call”, by Sr. Juliana Wangao, a Kenyan sister of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), and the sixth on “Vocation to Priesthood”, by Sem. Michael Conteh, a diocesan theology seminarian from the parish.

The rest of the afternoon was spent for social games like Amazing race which brought the fun to its maximum. After some needed preparations, and the 7 PM dinner (after which the boys were assigned to wash the dishes, which was something counter-cultural, because for them only girls are supposed to do the washing and the cooking), the equally awaited showcase of talents dubbed “Youth Festival” ran at 9:00PM. Again, the praying of the rosary at 11:00 PM closed the day.

Day 3 was a Sunday. Activities such as doing group assignments, breakfast, and activity evaluation preceded the closing Eucharistic Sacrifice with Fray Cadeliña as presider and homilist. After the mass, everybody enjoyed his/her mouthwatering lunch consisting of spicy spaghetti with bread and soda, many thanks to the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited for the sponsorship.

The mini-WYD celebrations pegged on three objectives—to provide an experience of a youth day; to introduce them to recollection, catechesis and informative talks; and to give avenue for unity through various activities—were a sure success. They went home renewed and rekindled to be missionaries of God’s mercy to others.

PROVINCIAL CURIA—For the first time, Fray Dionisio Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial of the St. Ezekiel Moreno Province, stepped into the African soil to visit the two Recollect communities in Sierra Leone, West Africa, from July 29 to August 2, 2016 and the OAR contemplative nuns in Makueni County, Kenya (East Africa), from August 3-4.