MANILA--The San Sebastian Parish launches the year-long celebrations of the 4th centenary of the arrival in the Philippines of the first image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

The celebrations began with the traditional novena in honor of our Lady of Mount Carmel culminating with a Solemn Thanksgiving Mass on the 16th of July 2017. No other than the Prior Provincial of the Philippines Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, Rev. Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR was the main celebrant together with more than twenty Recollect Religious and Clergy concelebrants.

The parish priest, Rev. Fr. Antonio "Joy" Zabala, OAR took the opportunity to present the activities lined up for the year.

Right after the Mass, hundreds of parishioners and devotees joined the procession around the parish. Viva! Virgen del Carmen, Guapa!


PROVINCIALATE—Last July 7, 2017, Most Rev. Nereo Odchimar, D.D. of the Diocese of Tandag and Fray Dionisio Selma OAR representing the Recollect Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno signed a Memorandum of Agreement for a pastoral ministry. This ministry entrusted to the Recoletos covers “the full pastoral charge of the Quasi Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel” in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.