10 Apr 2017
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I FIND myself truly grateful that I have a hometown where there is an annual celebration of Holy Week. I had a guest once who is city born and bred, and with the faintest idea of what Holy Week stands for other than going with family or friends for a respite to the beach or a new destination. Talisay City is my family’s hometown and every Holy Week, like a ritual, we troop to Talisay to partake in the Good Friday procession. From our grandmother, Eleuteria Treyers Lizares, we are blessed to have our Dolorosa, which will be making her one hundredth procession come next year. Talisay City is equally blessed to have Fr. Dexter OAR, a very proactive and prolific parish priest, who has transformed the landscape of the Parish of San Nicolas Tolentino. In addition to beautifying the church from within and without, there is now the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer with first class relics of the saint and a pilgrimage site. Also proximal to the church is a Lenten exhibit, featuring the different holy images which local folks. Guests will have the pleasure of watching during the Good Friday procession, but this time up close. Father Dexter, although with some resistance from the owners of the different images because of security and wear and tear at the onset of this project, was able to provide a sanctuary for the images which is well guarded, cool (powered with air-conditioners), and meditative to assure the owners. There are currently 18 images on display. The objective of Fr. Dexter is directed to evangelization and catechism. As visitors, especially students come to see up close these participants in Christ’s Passion, they enter into a deeper understanding of the life of Christ and the meaning of His Life and Death. Fr. Dexter says that hopefully in a year or so, the different Stations of the Cross will be complete with more devotees expressing their desire to come up with more “caros.” The exhibit will ran until Holy Tuesday. It is an exhibit worth your time. You will not only leave with a better understanding of why Christ died for us, but be inspired by His suffering and death.( Lucy Lizares,SUNSTAR BACOLOD)

         After months of meetings, preparation and a press conference, the Padre Mauricio Ferrero Centennial was launched on June 20, 2016. The San Sebastian Cathedral of Bacolod City was the venue of the event. The date recalled the handing over of the spiritual jurisdiction of Negros Island to the Augustinian Recollects by the Spanish colonial government exactly 168 years ago.

Early years

Saint Ezekiel was born on 9 April 1848 at Alfaro, La Rioja, Spain. He donned the Augustinian Recollect habit in Monteagudo, Navarra. He professed his solemn vows in Marcilla also in Navarra on 22 September 1868. On 10 February 1870, he arrived in Manila and lived in the now-extinct convent and formation house of San Nicolás in Intramuros, then popularly known as Recoletos, where he finished his theological formation. In middle part of 1870 he sailed to Jaro, Iloilo, to receive tonsure and minor orders from the Dominican bishop of the Visayan diocese.

Bacolod City—Fray Loreto Dacanay, OAR has come home last year from his interrupted mission for about sixteen years in the Amazon. Inspired by the Laudato Si of Pope Francis, he is home with a story to tell. He would like to do that now in this dispatch. After ceaseless prodding, he opened his door. He culled his diaries. He blew the dust on the cover of his notebook and it gives me an image that he will be giving life to every bits and pieces (stories) kept within it. 

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