Carlos Legaspi, Jr.
I FIND myself truly grateful that I have a hometown where there is an annual celebration of Holy Week. I had a guest once who is city born and bred, and with the faintest idea of what Holy Week stands for other than going with family or friends for a respite to the beach or a new destination. Talisay City is my family’s hometown and every Holy Week, like a ritual, we troop to Talisay to partake in the Good Friday procession. From our grandmother, Eleuteria Treyers Lizares, we are blessed to have our Dolorosa, which will be making her one hundredth procession come next year. Talisay City is equally blessed to have Fr. Dexter OAR, a very proactive and prolific parish priest, who has transformed the landscape of the Parish of San Nicolas Tolentino. In addition to beautifying the church from within and without, there is now the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer with first class relics of the saint and a pilgrimage site. Also proximal to the church is a Lenten exhibit, featuring the different holy images which local folks. Guests will have the pleasure of watching during the Good Friday procession, but this time up close. Father Dexter, although with some resistance from the owners of the different images because of security and wear and tear at the onset of this project, was able to provide a sanctuary for the images which is well guarded, cool (powered with air-conditioners), and meditative to assure the owners. There are currently 18 images on display. The objective of Fr. Dexter is directed to evangelization and catechism. As visitors, especially students come to see up close these participants in Christ’s Passion, they enter into a deeper understanding of the life of Christ and the meaning of His Life and Death. Fr. Dexter says that hopefully in a year or so, the different Stations of the Cross will be complete with more devotees expressing their desire to come up with more “caros.” The exhibit will ran until Holy Tuesday. It is an exhibit worth your time. You will not only leave with a better understanding of why Christ died for us, but be inspired by His suffering and death.( Lucy Lizares,SUNSTAR BACOLOD)
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 Father Rector and General Vice –Rector of Universitaria Agustiniana in Bogota, Colombia visited the University of Negros Occidental –Recoletos, Bacolod City, February 8 -10, 2017. Rev. Fr. Carlos Alberto Villabona Vargas, OAR and Dr. Ricardo Rojas Lopez, MSc inked a Memorandum of Understanding with UNO-R for possible partnerships in the area of student and faculty mobility, short-term and degree programs, international joint academic meetings, and conferences and collaborative research. The MOU was signed by Fr. Villabona; Dr. Rojas; UNO-R President Fr. Eduardo S. Celiz, Jr., OAR and VP-Administration, Fr. Enrico Peter Silab, OAR
UNO-R HOSTS 31ST SCORES
THE 31st Student Congress of Recollect Schools (SCORES) is now held at the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, Bacolod City with the theme, “Recollect Youth: Communicators of truth and Mercy.” SCORES will run from January 23 – 27, 2017.
The University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos had its ground breaking ceremony of the four –storey Integrated School Building ,January 5 , 2017. This new facility is built to house the Basic Education Department of the university.
The University celebrated the 428th day of the Order last Dec. 5, 2016. The day started with the Vocation Talk at the auditorium at 7:30 am. It was attended by Religious Education students. It was followed by a concelebrated Thanksgiving Mass led by Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, SDB, DD. The Bishop reminded everyone to be in communion with God. It is through loving and sharing to one another that makes Christmas a memorable event. The Bishop also asked everyone to be in contemplation with the Blessed Trinity. He encouraged everyone to see the Triune God in each one.
Dr. Camenda Leonoras leads the new set of 2016 officers of the Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity – UNO-R chapter. The other officers are: Christopher Taclobos – Vice President; Rodelio Gasparillo – 1st Councilor; Lino Sumbillo, Jr. – 2nd Councilor; Arabella Ananoria – 3rd Councilor; Diana Concepcion – Secretary; Jesusa Escalona – Treasurer; and Mary Jane Eranista – Formation Director. Rev. Fr. William Villaflor is the SARF – UNO-R Spiritual Director.
BACOLOD CITY—The Religious Education Department will celebrate the annual UNO-R Catholic Faith Festival, Sept . 23 – 24 at the university campus. It will open with a Sending –off liturgy at 7:30 with the REED walk for the Family from the university Grandstand to the gym. Bacolod Bishop Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, DD and Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Vicente Navarra, DD will grace the occasion.
The community of the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos celebrated the feast f St. Ezekiel Moreno last August 19. The day opened with a walk for healing from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon to the university gym. The walk for healing was started as a tradition by Rev. Fr. Antonio Limchaypo, OAR in 2007.
On the feast of St. Monica, the pious mother of St. Augustine, August 27, the 2nd round of the lecture series on the Life and works of Padre Mauricio Ferrero, OAR, whose centennial death anniversary is celebrated, will be held at the UNO-R President’s Hall at 8 am.