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. 

BACOLOD CITY -  September 10, 2017, Oratory of St. Nicholas of Tolentino – Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, SDB, DD., congratulated the UNO-R community for a culture unique only at UNO-R.  A culture of silence, prayer, participation, and serenity during Eucharistic celebration.  The Bishop noticed that there is always this beautiful experience at UNO-R when there are spiritual activities.  He commended the Religious and Lay administrators, faculty and staff and students for this beautiful experience that is really conducive to prayer.   He encouraged the community to share this with other communities.                   

The Bishop noted that the theme on holiness speaks of the real character of UNO-R.  Interiority and prayer are manifestations of holiness.  It is one’s capacity to be holy like God,  who is holy.  Bishop Buzon shared that God is love and that everything we do, as we aspire to be holy, should be founded on LOVE. However,  he reminded everyone that love has two faces – the tender and the rough.  He shared that the former face is very easy but the latter is a little bit hard.  This is the love that makes one grow. 

The UNO-R Campus Ministry Office headed by VP-Religious Affairs and University Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Persiuz Joseph Decena, OAR,  has sent invitations to the academic community to join in the celebration of the Septenary Masses in honor of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Patron Saint of the university and his feast day on September 10. The Septenary Masses starts on September 3 and ends on September 9. 

The community of the University of Negros Occidental -Recoletos is all set for the 2017 University Week which will commence on September 4, Monday, and will close on September 10, 2017, Sunday.   This year’s Execom is composed of Rev. Fr. Louie Gabinete, OAR – Over-all Chairperson;  Dr. Carmenda Leonoras – Chair, Administrative Division and Engr. Christopher Taclobos – Chair, Programs Division. 

Highlights of this year’s U-week are Septenary Masses and Fiesta of  Nicholas of Tolentino; Opening and Closing ceremonies; Search for Mr. and Ms. University Week 2017; Sports Events; academic and technical seminars and training, exhibits and expositions; the Alumni Noon and Recoletos Dance Craze.

Other u-week traditional activities will also be held.

The theme of the 2017 University week is “Heeding the call to Holiness” to attune to the OAR celebration of the “Year of Holiness” as declared by Prior General, Fr. Miguel Miru and the logo is designed by Mr. Avelino Kalalang III.

BACOLOD CITY - The community of the University of Negros Occidental –Recoletos celebrated the feast of the Solemnity of our Father, St. Augustine, August 25, 2017. 

BACOLOD CITY - The Fr. President, through Memorandum Order #24 and with the approval of the School Board, has appointed Rev. Bro. Joaquin D. Jamelo, OAR as University Security and Janitorial Services Coordinator.  He is tasked to monitor the implementation of the conditions of the university’s contracts with Greengold Security Agency and IMAG’s Janitorial services.  He shall report to the VP - Administration for concerns relating security services while for concerns regarding janitorial services, he is directed to report to the VP – Finance. His appointment took effect last August 17, 2017.

Protocol no. 0085/17 of July 19, 2017, issued by Rev. Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial of the OAR Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno,  confirmed the election by the UNO-R Board of Trustees  of Rev. Fr. Don Besana, OAR as Vice President for Academics  and Rev. Fr. Perzius Joseph Decena, OAR as Vice President for Religious Affairs of the university.

Prior to this assignment, Fr. Don was the VP-Administration of San Sebastian College, Cavite and he was assigned as Chaplain/ CMO Director of UNO-R in 2001-2003.  His former assignments include Cebu, Baguio, Sierra Leone, Baguio, Cavite, and Manila. He made his solemn profession on July 23, 1999, and was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on December 08, 2000. He was then assigned as Assistant Parish Priest in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Cebu City.  He was then assigned to UNO-R in 2001 -2003 where he served as Chaplain, CMO Director, UCDO Director and RESOURCE Treasurer and Vice President.  He was then transferred to the Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary (2003-2004)in Baguio as Spiritual Director, Procurator, and Vice Prior.  Embracing the call for the missions, Fr. Don went to Kamabai, Sierra Leone in Africa from 2004-2006 where he was made as Prior of the community.  In 2006 -2013, he went back to the Seminary in Baguio as Spiritual Director, Dean of Studies, Registrar, Vice Prior and Rector. Fr4om 2013 -2015, he was assigned to San Sebastian College –Recoletos, Manila as VP-administration and HRDC Director.  And in 2015 he was assigned to SSC-R, Cavite as Vice Prior, VP-Administration, and HRMO Director.  Recently, Fr. Don received his degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management from St. Louis University in Baguio. 

                On the other hand, Fr. Perzius is also the University Chaplain and the Director of the Campus Ministry Office (CMO).  The UNO-R School Board has also appointed Fr. Perzius Director of Religious Education for the academic year 2017-2018. 

                The School Board also appointed Rev. Fr. Abraham Latoza, OAR as the Principal of the UNO-R Integrated School while Rev. Fr. Louie Gabinete, OAR as Director for Scholarships, concurrent to his being the Vice President for Student Welfare. 

As of 3 PM today, May 3, 2017, the dean of the UNO-R School of Law has identified 13 passers from the University of Negros Occidental –Recoletos.  The new UNO-Recoletos  lawyers are:

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