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SAN ROQUE PARISH – SAIPAN CELEBRATES 70TH FIESTA

By Olive De Leon Aninon | September 9, 2021 |
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Saipan, CNMI—The Roman Catholic Church celebrated last August 16, 2021 the Feast of San Roque, the great patron saint of the sick and invalid.  For the Parish of San Roque of the Northern Cluster of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the 70th celebration of the feast in honor of San Roque was held on August 22, 2021. In the midst of these difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic, the faithful turn to the powerful intercession of San Roque for safety, protection and healing. A year has passed since the parish first celebrated its fiesta in the…

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Goodbye Father Manuel! Till we meet again in heaven.

By Elena Yu (虞靜芳) Translated to English by Fray Joel Dequilla, OAR (戴健福神父) On the morning of August 25, 2021, before the clock struck at 7 we headed towards St. Joseph Parish. The sun was shining bright and the warm summer heat can already be felt through the streaks of early morning sun.  On this…

Recoletos de Taiwan Community. (from L-R) Fray Launio, Fray Dequilla, <br/> Fray Maturan, and Fray Magbojos.

Recoletos de Taiwan Community welcomes back Fray Magbojos

Kaoshiung City, TAIWAN–On the occasion of the Feast of St. Rita of Cascia, the Recoletos community of Taiwan celebrated a thanksgiving Mass in honor of the Saint and formally welcomed back Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos to the community. Fray Gio came back to Taiwan from the Philippines on April 29, 2021 and underwent 21 days…

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Two memorable March events held at St. Joseph Parish

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN–St. Joseph Parish in Xiaogang District hosted the annual Lenten Recollection for the Parishes belonging to the 2nd Deanery in the Diocese of Kaohsiung on March 14, 2021. Fray Joel Dequilla, OAR, the  Pastor of the host Parish facilitated the day-long Lenten Recollection for participants coming from the parishes of St. John Gabriel Perboyre…

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2020 Marian Pilgrimage

Kaohsiung, TAIWAN—The month of October is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary specifically to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Hence, to manifest their deep devotion to the Mother of God, forty parishioners of St. Joseph Parish (聖若瑟堂) and Queen of Victory Parish (勝利之后堂), both in Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City (高雄市,小港區)participated in a two days…

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Santa Remedios fiesta in the midst of pandemic

SAIPAN—With everyone sitting in masks, six-feet apart, the parish of Nuestra Señora Bithen Delos Remedios, which is usually fully packed during its annual fiesta, saw some pews mandated to be left empty due to social distancing guidelines. The pandemic, however, did not prevent the success of this year’s celebration. Parishioners filled every available seat, including…

RECOLETOS DE KAMALO: Fray Dennis Castillo OAR, spiritual director, </br> posed together with the newly-accepted candidates for SARF Pre-Trial period.

SARF-Sierra Leone is Province’s 17th Chapter, joins virtual fiesta celebrations

QUEZON CITY – Aside from the online celebrations of the solemn feast of St. Magdalene of Nagasaki, patroness of the Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity (SARF) on October 20, the presence and presentation of “SARF de Sierra Leone” as the fraternity’s 17th chapter in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno turned this year’s assembly on an…

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Foreign Missions Update: OAR Response to COVID-19

SIERRA LEONE Ubuntu Africa: A Recollect Response to Covid-19 Pandemic “Ubuntu” in the African culture (or “Osho” in Krio) describes compassion towards the other. It also connotes the belief in the intrinsic good of humanity or the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. Concretizing this cultural value (which is also a Gospel value),…

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Recoletos de Saipan celebrates feast of St. Nicholas

by Margaret de la Cruz “The Heavens are not pure in the sight of Him Whom I serve; how then shall I, a sinful man, stand before Him?”    -St. Nicholas of Tolentine Saipan, CNMI–For most of us here in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, St. Nicholas of Tolentine is probably an unfamiliar saint to…

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Augustinian Recollects in Sierra Leone open doors to help combat COVID-19

The Augustinian Recollects of Sierra Leone have made their BawBaw facilities on Peninsular Road, Freetown as a quarantine center for the Filipino community in the country who are suspected to have the coronavirus. The official request was made on April 6 by the Philippine Honorary Consul in Sierra Leone, Flipe Neri Velasco, to the head of…