Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – August 12, 2016, the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit solemnly opened the academic year, 2016-2017, at Recoletos School of Theology.
The Holy Mass was celebrated in the St. Thomas of Villanova community chapel at 8:30 AM. Very Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, prior provincial, was the main celebrant and homilist. He was joined by other OAR priests — Rev. Fray Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, RST rector, Rev. Fray Leander V. Barrot, OAR, vice-rector, Rev. Fray Emilio E. A. Quilatan, OAR, RST Dean, Rev. Fray Jonathan Caballero, OAR, school treasurer, and Rev. Fray Larry Garces, OAR, liturgy professor. Other priests from other congregations whose seminarians are enrolled in RST concelebrated Holy Mass. Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, representative of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of UST of which RST is affiliated, was also present.
After the homily all priest professors of the RST faculty made their “Professio Fidei.” As required by the Holy See all professors teaching in seminaries are required to make the “Professio Fidei” (Profession of Faith). This act is a manifestation that all priest professors are to be faithful and obedient to the Church’s universal and local “magisterium.”
To date there are fifty seminarians from ten different religious congregations who are now candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology. And four students are now finishing their Master of Arts in Theology. Below are the religious Orders and Congregations whose seminarians are studying theology in RST:
OAR – Order of Augustinian Recollects
OSA – Order of St. Augustine
OP Miss. – Order of Preachers, Missionaries for the Deaf
OMV – Oblates of the Virgin Mary
OATH – Oblates Apostles of the Two Hearts
SCJ – Priests of the Sacred Heart
SdC – Servants of Charity
PACEM – Pastoral Assistance and Community Education Mission
ESHT – Emmanuel Servants of the Holy Trinity
CFIC – Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – May 28, 2016, seventeen students of Recoletos School of Theology (RST) were invested with the degrees in Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Masters of Arts in Theology. Seven Augustinian Recollects graduated from this batch.
The first part of the program was the Baccalaureate Mass that was held in the parish church of Our Lady of Consolation. The Holy Mass started at 8:30 AM. Fray Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, Rector of RST, was the main celebrant and homilist. Formators and guest priests from the other congregations concelebrated with the Father Rector.
The second part of the program, “The Commencement Exercises,” began at 10:30 AM. Rev. Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, OP, Dean of the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila, conferred on the 17 graduates the decree in Bachelor of Sacred Theology. Fray Robin Ross S. Plata, OAR, graduated with honors, Magna cum laude. Four other Recollect friars — Fray Paul S. Demillones, Fray Jorr S. Rabacal, Fray Kenneth Caligdong and Fray Niel Jarumay — graduated also with honors, Cum laude.
Rev. Fr. Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, conferred on the following OAR candidates the decree in Master of Arts in Theology:
Fray Robin Ross s. Plata, OAR, Major in Systematic Theology;
Fray Paul S. Demillones, OAR, Major in Systematic Theology, Meritus;
Fray Kenneth S. Caligdong, OAR, Major in Church History, Meritus;
Fray Jorr S. Rabacal, OAR, Major in Church History; and
Fray Felipe U. Rollon, OAR, Major in Church History
Fray Niel Ryan E. Jarumay, OAR, Translation, Meritus; and
Fray Elpedio N. Sarita, Jr., OAR, Translation, Meritus