The University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos Religious Education Department under Rev. Fr. Ronel  Gealon, OAR held its 18th Solidarity day on March 10, 2017.  The theme is “ Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Mt. 5:7).        The program opened with a walk for life.  This is a sacrificial walk to bring out the message to all that Unorians are for life.  “Stand up for life from womb to tomb! Raise your voice against the death penalty, abortion, suicide, drug abuse, pre-marital sex, and extra-judicial killing. Everyone can give life, join us! March for life the UNO-Rian way” was the call of Fr. Gealon to all Uno-rians. 


The walk was from UNO-R around Libertad and back to UNO-R.  The message has been clear and sent around that we have to really speak out our opposition to anti-life legislations no only in our country but all over the world.

            After the walk, a program was held at the university Gymnasium. Opening ceremonies was led by Fr. Gealon, the REEd faculty, and students with the Campus Ministry staff.  At 9:15 am,  an exposition of the Blessed Sacrament had brought everyone to the mood of prayer as a manifestation of the Recoletos character of being “contemplative”. 

Live Pure talks and forum followed the Benediction at 9:45 am.  Group snacks and Group sharing commenced at 10:45 am and ended with the praying of the Angelus at 12 noon.   The group sharing is a manifestation of the Recoletos character of being “communitarian”.         

Another talk about love was given in the afternoon and was followed by a forum until 3:45 pm. A Eucharistic celebration commenced at 4 pm with Rev. Fr. Rocelo Villarosa as Presider and homilist and was joined by House Prior, Rev. Fr. William Villaflor, OAR; UNO-R President, Rev. Fr. Eduardo Celiz, Jr., OAR; UNO-R chaplain, Fr. Perzius Joseph Decena, OAR. and Fr. Gealon.

A candle lighting ceremony capped the one-day activity.  This is a symbol of spreading the good news and the light to everyone, which is a manifestation of the apostolic character of the Recoletos.

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