The University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos hosted the three-day Recoletos Educational Apostolate in the Philippines (REAP) lecture – workshop on Augustinian Values and Pedagogical Principles, UNO-R Gymnasium, November 16-18, 2017. The Activity was participated by OAR schools in the Negros Island, namely, UNO-Recoletos; Colegio de San Nicholas de Tolentino, Talisay; San Pedro Academy – Recoletos, and San Pedro Academy – Recoletos, Negros Oriental; and Colegio de Santo Tomas - Recoletos, San Carlos City. The Activity opened with the Concelebrated Mass led by Rev. Fr. Julius M. Marcos , OAR with Fr. William Villaflor, OAR; Fr. Leo Alaras , OAR; Fr. Perzius Joseph Decena, OAR; Fr. Joel Alve, OAR; Fr. Enrico Peter Silab, Oar; Fr. Abraham Latoza, OAR; Fr. Roweno Hamo, OAR; and Fr. Romeo Ben Potencio, OAR as concelebrants. In his homily, Fr. Marcos shared about Love and Service and Service in Love. He reminded the community that Love means service to others and this is expressed in our selfless prayers. After the Eucharistic Celebration, Fr. Silab welcomed the participants and shared that sense of “being at home”. He discussed the need to be a community. Afterwards, Fr. Decena read the rules of the House and introduced the speaker of the afternoon. The speaker is Rev. Fr. Romeo Ben Potencio, OAR. The 1st talk was about the life of St. Augustine as seen on his on his spiritual journey. Fr. Potencio shared the stages in the Spiritual journey of St. Augustine as manifested in his commentary of Psalm 106 which are “Error in wondering”, “Concupiscence” , “The spiritual dryness”, and “Honor in praise”. The speaker also shared that in order to understand St. Augustine; one has to take into consideration these philosophies of Astrology, Manichaeism, Neo- Platonism, Donatism and Pelagianism. Fr. Potencio also discussed the “theory of the Interior Master” who is Christ, himself. The Second day (November 17, 2017) opened with the recapitulation of the first day’s talks and activities by Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Annabee Claur. The talks for the day were: “Pedagogical lines of St. Augustine”, “Augustinian Values of Interiority”, “Augustinian Value of Truth”, “Augustinian Values of Freedom”, “St. Augustine on Friendship”, “St. Augustine about community” and the Augustinian Value of Justice and Solidarity. The Third day (November 18, 2017) opened with the talk on “Iconography of the book and Pierced Heart: St. Augustine as Teacher” by Fr. Potencio. A lecture on OAR History and Charism was given by Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo Quilatan, OAR.. The whole Lecture – Workshop came to a close with a Eucharistic Celebration to be led by Fr. Potencio, OAR, Saturday, November 18.
The University of Negros Occidental led the OAR communities in Negros during the closing of OAR Year of Holiness.
The La Salud Vegetable Farm at the Recoletos Social Outreach Center (RESOURCE) at Purok San Ezekiel, Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City was blessed last Nov. 8, 2017.
QUEZON CITY – “Ibalita ninyo sa social media... The Black Virgin of Health (Nuestra Señora de la Salud) is once again around, ready to intercede for us,” Fray Rommel L. Rubia OAR exclaimed during his homily during the Feista of La Salud at San Nicholas de Tolentino Parish last November 17, 2017.
After more or less seventy two (72) years that the devotion and public veneration was lost now the OAR Friars of the Philippines revived the celebration of the Solemnity of the Black Virgin.
Fray Amadeo Bolilia, OAR presided the concelebrated Eucharistic celebration. Fray Rommel focused his Sermon about the degree of mother’s love for her children. “Grabe and pagmamahal ng isang ina sa isang anak,” he emphasized. Though we are aware that not all mother are really perfect, always remember Christ is giving us his own mother –a mother of all, he continued.
People from different parishes around Quezon City gathered to celebrate and see the original image. They sang the Salve Regina and Ioseph. Before the final blessing, Fray Hector Gonzalez, OAR delivered his gratitude to all who supported the National Caravan (to different OAR comunities), to those who attended the Fiesta and those who throughout the Novena Mass were present.
The more than 20 OAR preists, OAR formands, Augustinian Recollect Sisters, SARF, RAY & CARAS from different chapters, other religious sisters, those who seek for healing and lay faithful attended the occasion.
Brief History: (compilation of Fray Rommel L. Rubia, OAR, La Salud: the Black Virgin of Health.)
The Image of Virgen de la salud was brought by by the7th batch of OAR Missionaries in the year 1634. The dark Mexican Virgin of la salud was enthroned in the Church of San Juan de Bagumbayan, the first church of the Recollect Fathers in the Philippines.
The devotion faded since the Virgin lost her principal shrine in Bagumbayan twice.