Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – February 11, 2017 (Saturday) Three Augustinian Recollect deacons received the Sacred Order of the Priesthood.

As the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno celebrated its Eighteenth Anniversary of its inauguration on February 10, 2017, it was fitting to give thanks to God Almighty by offering three brothers of the province to the Holy Orders of the Priesthood for service to Holy Mother Church. On February 11, three Augustinian Recollect deacons — Rev. Fray Sir Michael C. Dineros, OAR, Rev. Fray John Paul R. Tanquis, OAR, and Fray Roweno Eugenio L. Hamo, OAR — were ordained by the Most Reverend Jose Advincula, Jr., DD, Archbishop of Capiz. The solemn rite of priestly ordination commenced with the Holy Mass at 9:00 AM. It was held at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Mira-Nila Homes, Congressional Avenue, Quezon City. The families and relatives of the newly ordained priests as well as the Augustinian Recollect Family and other guests graced the occasion.

To mark a special landmark in the history of the celebration of Holy Orders in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, for the first time the newly ordained priests received each The Certificate of Ordination signed by the ordaining prelate, Archbishop Advincula, DD. Then the much-awaited moment in the ceremony was the giving of the first assignments to the newly ordained priests. Rev. Fr. Jose Ernil F. Almayo, OAR, provincial secretary, read the letter of assignment of each:

Rev. Fr. Sir Michael C. Dineros, OAR is assigned in the Our Lourdes Chaplaincy, Barangay Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental;

Rev. Fr. John Paul R. Tanquis, OAR is assigned in the San Isidro Labrador Parish, Casian Island, Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan; and

Rev. Fr. Roweno Eugenio L. Hamo, OAR, is assigned in the Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Valencia, Negros Oriental

Rev. Fr. Roweno Eugenio Hamo, OAR gave words of acknowledgement and gratitude. After the final blessing given by the ordaining prelate the traditional kissing of the hand of the newly ordained priests followed.

Mabalacat City, Pampanga – January 31, 2017 (Tuesday) The “Sanguniang Panlunsod” of Mabalacat City officially declared that the Augustinian Recollects were its founders.

The “Sanguniang Panlunsod” issued RESOLUTION NUMBER 146 SERIES 2017 Dated January 25, 2017 that officially and publicly declared that the Augustinian Recollects were the founders of the town of Mabalacat (now city) and its parish.

The City Council members gave the documents to Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR, representing the Very Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, prior provincial, on January 31, 2017. This was held in the parish church of Our Lady of Grace during the eighth day of its Novena Mass in preparation for the city’s fiesta celebration. Rev. Fr. Quilatan, OAR, presided at the Mass. Then the parish pastoral council president, in the name of its parish priest, Msgr. Felicito C. Sison, gave as gift an icon of its patroness to Fr. Quilatan, OAR.

Before the final blessing, Rev. Fr. Quilatan, OAR, in behalf of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno and its prior provincial, gave words of gratitude to the city council members and the parish priest.

Historical Note: Mabalacat, Pampanga, was the only town and parish founded by the Augustinian Recollects since the Province of Pampanga during the Spanish colonial period was under the pastoral administration of the Augustinians. The Augustinian Recollects came first to Mabalacat in the eighteenth century and founded a mission station. According to Rev. Fr. Ángel Martínez Cuesta, OAR, the Order’s official historian, “In 1713, three Augustinian Recollects — Manuel de San Nicolás, Andrés de San Fulgencio and Juan de Santo Tomás de Aquino — evangelized of what is now Patling (now O’Donnel), Bamban, Mabalacat, Dinalupian, Talimarin and Capas” (Historia de los Agustinos Recoletos, Vol. I, p. 597).

               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


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The Rector and the General Vice President of Universitas Agustiniana in Bogota Colombia will visit the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos on February 09, 2017. Rev. Fr. Carlos Alberto Villabona Vargas, OAR and Dr. Ricardo Rojas Lopez will have a talk with the Religious and lay Administrators, faculty and staff, and students of the university.  The visit is the forge a memorandum of understanding between UNO-R and Universitas Agustiniana, Colombia on areas of: student and faculty mobility, cultural exchange; research collaboration, participation and invitations to seminars and academic meetings; special short-term academic programs and joint degree programs.

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