Statistical Status of the “Augustinian Recollect Family” in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno

Following the metaphysical standpoint of Document 7 on “The Members and the Presence of the Order of Augustinian Recollects,” the statistical data that we present here “will allow us to reflect on the important aspects and objectives of our reality. […] that, behind each unit, there is an individual brother [or sister] and a concrete community, and that in the light of faith, we believe that in this human reality we find Christ and the action of the Holy Spirit” (pp. 7-8).

 

We start with ourselves, OAR priests and brothers: As of July 25, 2015, we are 176 religious, 42 of whom are still under initial formation at Recoletos Formation Center, Quezon City. The remaining 134 are already in permanent formation, 8 of whom are religious brothers, and 126 are clerical religious. And we look forward still to those in our seminaries—around 110 of them: 11 in the high school seminary (San Carlos City), 78+ in the college seminary (Baguio), 14 pre-novices (who have just ended their exposure at Pililia, Rizal), and 7 novices (Antipolo).

Next, the OAR cloistered nuns at the St. Ezekiel Moreno Monastery in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City. There are 9 of them, 1 of whom is still under initial formation. Mo. Ma. del Carmen, OAR, a Mexican, is the current Mother Superior. Aside from Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, the lone Spaniard, the other 7 are Filipinos—2 from Quezon City, 3 from Negros Occidental, 1 from Negros Oriental, and 1 from Iloilo.

The Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters has 38 convents grouped into four Divisions—that of Talangpaz Sisters, Sacred Heart, Our Lady, and St. Joseph. At present, there are 250 professed Sisters: 239 are perpetually professed while 11 are juniors.

The Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity in the Province has already 16 Chapters (10 in Luzon and 6 in the Visayas), the newest of which is that of St. Ezekiel Moreno Spirituality and Development Center in Brgy. San Jose, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. As of May 2015, there are 1,052 “promised” members and 28 are still on their Trial period.

Additionally, we also count on the 6 Brothers- and Sisters-General of the Order, who are recognized for their exemplary contributions to the Province and the Order. The 2 Brothers-General are: Mr. Fulgencio Culaton (Baguio City) and Cong. Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro). The 4 Sisters-General are: Ms. Brenda Saliendra, Dr. Milagros Espina, Mrs. Leonila Dosado—all of them from Cebu City, and Ms. Nestoria Bad-an (Valencia, Negros Oriental).

As to our youth and vocation ministry, especially through the RAY (Recollect Augustinian Youth), the Province has a vast field to take care of, noting that we handle 11 Recoletos school campuses, 13 parishes, and 5 chaplaincies in the Philippines alone. This school year’s total enrollees in all of these schools breached 31,000, which is nearly 40% of the total student population in 50 Recoletos schools worldwide

[Excerpt from Prot. No. 0140/15, dated July 14, 2015; with some updated data]

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