“Bisyap” joins Recoletos de Cuba community

By Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR | August 1, 2022 |
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In the Comunidad San Ezequiel Moreno in Banes (Holguín, Cuba), the 24th day of July 2022 was no ordinary day! It marked the arrival of its fourth member: Fray Keneth B. Pahamutang, or “Bisyap” as he is fondly called particularly by his contemporaries. The lone Recoletos convent in this Caribbean island nation warmly welcomed the Filipino Recollect who represents the St. Ezekiel Province. Fray Keneth was the latest addition to this international community whose members represent the different provinces of the Order: Frays Noé Servín (San Nicolás); Ismael Xuruc, the local prior (Candelaria); and Julián Vallejos (Sto. Tomás). In mid-June…

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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),…


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…


OAR missionaries in Taiwan follow Church guidelines vs COVID-19 outbreak

Kaohsiung, TAIWAN – In cooperation with the church’s efforts to curb the outbreak of the novel coronavirus now called COVID-19, the Augustinian Recollect missionaries who are administering five parishes in the Diocese of Kaohsiung followed the pastoral directives of the Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference (CRBC) in Taiwan. Recent news reports revealed that over 75,700 of…


Recoletos community in Indonesia formally established

QUEZON CITY – January 8, 2020 will go down in history as the “official birthday” of the first Recoletos community in Indonesia. That’s practically around sixteen months after the arrival of the pioneer group of Augustinian Recollect missionaries in this Muslim-dominated country. It was on September 19, 2018, feast day of St. Alonso de Orozco,…


Three young Recollects embark on new mission

QUEZON CITY – Pursuant to its Life and Mission Project (LAMP) on mission apostolate, the St. Ezekiel Moreno Province recently sent three young priests to two foreign mission stations of the Order: Brazil and Sierra Leone. Fray Roderick Deguit, the former parish priest of the Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned in Valencia, Negros…

Fray Dennis Castillo, OAR, Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR, Fray Miguel Miró, OAR (Prior General), and Fray Kenneth Caligdong, OAR, </br>during the fraternal visit
of the Prior General to the community of Recoletos de Kamalo.

OAR Missionaries as Instruments of Peace and Reconciliation

Kamalo, SIERRA LEONE—In the rural place of Sierra Leone Africa, petty disputes usually ends up as a tragedy. Youth riots, burning of houses and properties and murders due to this actions happens from time to time, and because of their strong communal ties, incidents of this kind usually end up as a village or town…

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Chota and Augustinian Recollects: 75 years of history

Note: This article was translated from the original Spanish post on the official website of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. (www.agustinosrecoletos.com) The Augustinian Recollects celebrate the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first religious to the Chota region, in Peru. For this, different commemorative events have been prepared. It is an important fact that marked…

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"We wish you a Merry Christmas" from children of Sierra Leone, West Africa

Credits to Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo, OAR Click the link to view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AavFwC9rhD0