Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – May 27, 2017, the closing of the Academic Year, 2016-2017, at Recoletos School of Theology (RST) was highlighted with the graduation of twenty-four students. From this batch, seven Augustinian Recollect friars received the degree in Bachelor in Sacred Theology, and eight received the degree in Master of Arts in Theology.

Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City — April 3, 2017 (Monday) Rev. Fray Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR, Rev. Fray Joel S. Naranja, OAR, and Rev. Fray Antonio S. Limchaypo, OAR received the Sacred Order of Priesthood twenty-five years ago.  They were ordained on April 19, 1992, Easter Sunday, at Our Lady of Consolation Parish Church, Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City.  The late Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, His Excellency Leoncio Lat, DD, was the ordaining prelate.

On April 19, 2017, Easter Wednesday, exactly twenty-five years ago, Fray Quilatan, Fray Naranja, and Fray Limchaypo will come back to Our Lady of Consolation Parish Church to celebrate Holy Mass at 6:30 PM.  The jubilarians are inviting their confreres, relatives, benefactors and friends to share their joy and gratitude to God on this momentous celebration.  Laus Deo!


Schedule of Thanksgiving Masses

Rev. Fray Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR – April 22, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 AM, San Roque Parish Church, Cavite City

Rev. Fray Antonio S. Limchaypo, OAR – April 29, 2017, Saturday,  5:30 PM, San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church, Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Rev. Fray Joel S. Narnaja, OAR – May 1, 2017, Monday, 4:30 PM, San Miguel Parish Church, San Miguel, Iloilo


ANTIPOLO CITY—More than 36 religious “alumni” of the Pre-novitiate program of the OAR Province of Saint Ezekiel Moreno graced its 20th anniversary with a two-day period of prayer, reflection, and fellowship.

The celebration was opened in the morning of March 9, 2017 by Fr Emilio Edgardo Quilatan, OAR, the official church historian of the Province, with the presentation of the thumbnail history of the Pre-Novitiate. He said that the Program welcomed its auspices in 1998 to 11 candidates of whom six completed the formation cycle and two were ordained to the OAR priesthood.

Fr. Romeo Ben Potencio, OAR and Fr. Roweno Eugenio Hamo, OAR were the pioneers. The former was the first to be ordained among the so-called alumni in 2005 while the latter was just recently ordained.

Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR, prior provincial, presided the thanksgiving mass. In his introduction he encouraged the brothers to pray for the recovery of Fray Philip Rollon, OAR (one of the Pre-novitiate program alumni) who met a car accident on his way to celebrate a funeral mass.

During the homily, the prior provincial focused his reflection on two significant points, namely, remembrance and gratitude. Remembrance of the memories of the past, and gratitude to people who shared their life and resources in the Pre-novitiate especially the two Pre-novice directors who have already gone back to heaven, Fr. Loreto Cesar Dacanay, OAR and Fr. Alberto Avanzado, OAR.

Two other erstwhile directors, namely, Fr. Regino Bangcaya, OAR, the first pre-novice director and Fr. Nicolas Salamanca, the third pre-novice director and now a diocesan priest of the Cubao diocese, also attended the celebration.  

Before the final blessing, Fr. Roland Cepe, OAR, the present pre-novitiate master, gave thanks to the participants on behalf of the SEMONORE community.

 An exhibit displayed in Bahay Lingkod-Recoletos guided the alumni in their journey back to the past. This exhibit unveiled memories of the pre-novitiate program in the past twenty years. Picture throwbacks, video presentation, art works and pre-novitiate trivia cramped the entire space of the building’s first floor. The room was filled with noise and laughter as the alumni browsed over their old pictures and recalled the stories behind them.     

At 12:00 PM, lunch followed. After a short rest, the participants readied themselves for the basketball game. They were divided into two groups—Recoletos of Luzon and Recoletos of Visayas. In a four-quarter duel of about an hour and a half, the Recoletos of Luzon team was declared the winner.

The first day of the anniversary celebration culminated with a get-together at the Villa San Ezekiel in Brgy. Pansol Calamba City, Laguna. The 50 seater-bus of San Sebastian transported the alumni from Antipolo to Laguna. They stayed overnight in the resort. They celebrated each other’s presence with sumptuous meal, videoke, swimming, more chats, and card games.    

The next day, March 10, 2017, the celebration continued. Many of the participants took advantage of the remaining hours to relax their bodies in the fresh and cool water of the resort’s pool.

At 11 o’clock in the morning, the participants assembled at the resort’s lobby for the closing liturgy—the Holy Mass presided by the newly ordained and one of the pioneer pre-novices, Fr. Eugenio L. Hamo, OAR. The short homily of Fr. Hamo recapitulated the very purpose of the anniversary celebration— gratitude.

After lunch, the delegates went home with new memories to keep and another anniversary celebration to look forward to.

Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – February 11, 2017 (Saturday) Three Augustinian Recollect deacons received the Sacred Order of the Priesthood.

As the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno celebrated its Eighteenth Anniversary of its inauguration on February 10, 2017, it was fitting to give thanks to God Almighty by offering three brothers of the province to the Holy Orders of the Priesthood for service to Holy Mother Church. On February 11, three Augustinian Recollect deacons — Rev. Fray Sir Michael C. Dineros, OAR, Rev. Fray John Paul R. Tanquis, OAR, and Fray Roweno Eugenio L. Hamo, OAR — were ordained by the Most Reverend Jose Advincula, Jr., DD, Archbishop of Capiz. The solemn rite of priestly ordination commenced with the Holy Mass at 9:00 AM. It was held at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Mira-Nila Homes, Congressional Avenue, Quezon City. The families and relatives of the newly ordained priests as well as the Augustinian Recollect Family and other guests graced the occasion.

To mark a special landmark in the history of the celebration of Holy Orders in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, for the first time the newly ordained priests received each The Certificate of Ordination signed by the ordaining prelate, Archbishop Advincula, DD. Then the much-awaited moment in the ceremony was the giving of the first assignments to the newly ordained priests. Rev. Fr. Jose Ernil F. Almayo, OAR, provincial secretary, read the letter of assignment of each:

Rev. Fr. Sir Michael C. Dineros, OAR is assigned in the Our Lourdes Chaplaincy, Barangay Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental;

Rev. Fr. John Paul R. Tanquis, OAR is assigned in the San Isidro Labrador Parish, Casian Island, Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan; and

Rev. Fr. Roweno Eugenio L. Hamo, OAR, is assigned in the Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Valencia, Negros Oriental

Rev. Fr. Roweno Eugenio Hamo, OAR gave words of acknowledgement and gratitude. After the final blessing given by the ordaining prelate the traditional kissing of the hand of the newly ordained priests followed.