PROVINCIALATE—Fray Dionisio Selma OAR, prior provincial, has just completed his “visita de renovación” to the newly-created community of Saipan last February 23 to 26, 2017. He was accompanied by Fray Jose Ernil Almayo OAR, provincial secretary, who assisted him in the checking of the official books of the community.

ROME – As part of the significant changes in the Order this sexennium (2016-2022) and consistent with its restructuring process, the Recollect community of Via Sistina in Rome has its new Prior, Fray Francisco Javier Monroy y Rodriguez, OAR. He is also the Fourth General Councilor of the Order who takes charge of the areas of formation and spirituality.

Fray Monroy is a native of Valladolid, Spain. Before his new assignment, he was a formator of the House of Postulancy of St. Augustine of the Province of St. Nicholas in Mexico City and a professor at the Pontifical University of Mexico. He finished his Licentiate in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1997, took up the Master in Spiritual Accompaniment and Vocational Discernment in Salamanca, Spain in 2007, and the Master in Therapeutic (Integrated) Counselling in Madrid in 2013. He replaces Fray Pablo Panedas y Galindo, OAR who is the new Prior of the General House community.

The formal taking of the office (Toma de Posesion) as the Prior of the College of St. Ildephonsus and St. Thomas of Villanova was officiated last Thursday, February 2, 2017, and held at the house’s chapel. It was led by the Prior General himself, Fray Miguel Miro y Miro, OAR, in the presence of the Archbishop of Los Altos, Quetzaltenango-Totonicapan, Guatemala, Archbishop Mario Alberto Molina y Palma, OAR, who at that week, was on an official visit to the Vatican, the General Councilors of the Order, some religious sisters, and the members of both the communities of the General Curia and Via Sistina 11.

The Collegio is one of the old houses of the Order. It was constructed in the year 1619, that is, 30 years after its foundation in 1588, as its official religious residence in Rome especially of the Recollects working for the Holy See, until the transfer of the General House in EUR.

Filipino Recollects who comprise the present dozen members of the community of Via Sistina are Fray Samson Silloriquez, the Order’s postulator, the priest-students Fray Anthony Irineo, Fray Arian Josef Ocheda, and Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron. Fray Raul Buhay, the Second General Councilor of the Order, stays with the Generalate community in Viale dell’Astronomia, EUR while Fray Romeo Ben Potencio, Jr. is the Parochial Vicar of the parish--the only one in Italy--in Tre Pini, Rome, which is dedicated to Our Blessed Virgin Mary, Lady of Consolation.*

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).

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