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IESA Recognizes the Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters

Bangkok, Thailand- The International Education Summit and Awards recognizes the Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters as an outstanding school for imparting values education on February 22, 2020, held at Devalux Resort and Spa, Bangkok, Thailand.

The award was received by Sr. Mary Ann J. Lumactao, A.R., third councilor and superintendent of the A.R. Schools. At the same time, she represented the Congregation in Education Summit attended by dedicated educators with notable speakers.

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Reaching out to the Church in Calumpit

At 5:00 o’clock in the morning of November 16, 2019 the whole AR congregation headed to Calumpit, Bulacan. At 30 minutes past 7 that morning in Calumpit, preparations were underway to get the day started. Lines were forming according to the medical test needed by each participant. However there was one person being sought that early morning – the sponsor of the breakfast treat! At the arrival of the OLSHS community, Sr. Faith Niña Fuertes served breakfast. All the sisters, aspirants, ISS and all the participating doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists, lawyers and volunteers all looked for a comfortable place to feed themselves to sustain them all throughout the whole morning.
At 8:01, registration was in full swing and the doctors were all in. The Medical staff was all set with the medicines donated by various drug stores and from some generous medical laboratories in Metro Manila. Sr. Dorothy Aguila and Sr. Mirriam Capellan led the sisters and nursing student volunteers in dispensing medicines to each patient after seeing their doctor. A good number of sisters were also around to greet elderly participants and bring them to the counter for their medicines. The group of elderly AR sisters were simply milling around and happily chatting with some townsfolk and there were also sisters in the lookout for those who have questions about religious vocation.
The rolling dental clinic of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was a great blessing. It came in equipped with 5 dental chairs, an x-ray machine, fixed apparatuses for surgery, etc. It was matched by the presence of 3 surgical army dentists and 2 civilian dentists of the AFP and 5 dental assistants. All the severe cases were turned over to the army dentists. The mission on eye care was also mobbed by patients. There were long lines for the free consultation and free glasses. From 8 o’clock to 3 in the afternoon, there never was a slow down, not even for a short lunch break for the eye doctors. Even the staff of the Bishop of Malolos presented herself for examination and for the free glasses.
The legal mission did no get much attention and action. Perhaps, people from Calumpit are not used to free legal assistance. But for Sr. Jeanne, it was a blessing in disguise, she had all the time to converse with the lawyers for all her legal needs. Anyway, the two lawyers were just as happy to take part in the great activity for the intentions of the congregation.
Mass was at 8:30 presided by the parish priest of Calumpit. Fr. Proceso Espiritu, in his homily, preached about the lives of the Talangpaz sisters and underscored how their holy lives resulted into the establishment of a religious congregation- the Augustinian Recollect Sisters!
The opening program was emceed by Sr. Mashyl Entac, AR. Rev. Mo. Lucena Antipala, the superior General was called to give her message after the singing of the Talangpaz Hymn. In her message to the parishioners and beneficiaries of the medical mission and recipients of loot bags, she recalled to them the noble beginnings of the Talangpaz sisters in Calumpit, their journey to Calumpang and their humble beginnings as a devotee of our Lady of Mt. Carmel, then their lives as beatas, and how it developed to become what it is now- the AR congregation. Mo. Lucena expressed her thanks to the people of Calumpit and invited them to join in the mission of the Talangpaz sisters saying, “The thrust of the Church before and now is new evangelization: Revitalization — buhayin uli ang buhay Christiano – pagbabago sa buhay natin bilang Christiano.” Then she capped her message by challenging the Calumpit folks. “Pwede ba dagdagan natin ang AR from Calumpit? Itong mission na ito ay para din sa inyo, sa ating lahat.
Venturing out to visit the river where the two sisters cruised to reach Calumpang, I noticed the rough waters that morning. Its roughness disturbed and annoyed the peaceful existence of the lilies and water plants growing by its sides. It must have been both a nice and disturbing travel by the Talangpaz sisters by this river. Perhaps they encountered challenges along the way. Nonetheless, what is important is they reached Calumpang and their sacrifices blossomed into something very beautiful!
At the general council special meeting on November 21, Sr. Marilyn Cula was congratulated for a very successful outreach activity! May God be praised!

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Augustinian Recollect Vocation Promoters Convene

The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers to His vineyard. ( Lk. 10:2)
By these words, the Master exhorts everyone to be deeply concerned with the life and growth of his Mystical Body, for which many apostolic laborers are needed. Hence, all Sisters should develop zeal in fostering vocations to our religious way of life. (A.R. const. Art XI #95)
The Formation team with the approval of the General Council gathered all Local Vocation Promoters both in Luzon and Visayas area to respond to the call and need of the Catholic Church stated on the A.R. Constitution, article XI # 95. Last October 18- 20, 2019 was in Luzon area held at St. Rita College Manila- AVR with complete attendance from the nineteen (19) communities, while on November 7-9, 2019 were in the Visayas and Mindanao areas held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, Minglanilla, Cebu participated by sixteen (16) communities. The theme of the said gathering was “BASIC ORIENTATION ON THE SPIRITUALITY AND PASTORAL WORK FOR VOCATIONS. The aim for this gathering is for the participants to be refreshed and to deepen the knowledge and understanding of the spirituality of a vocation promoter and to be oriented of the role and responsibilities as vocation promoters, to be guided & helped in promoting vocation culture in our present situation and generation and to re-establish, awakening, strengthening our vocation ministry/club in the respective locality with unified activities. There were invited speakers from Directors of Vocations in the Philippines (DVP) who are experts in giving the topics to the different National Vocation Ministers in the Philippines’ conference. Fr. Noel Montes, a Diocesan priest and Vocation Director in the Diocese of Zambales and at the same time a DVP Officer- Auditor gave the topic; The Spirituality of a Vocation Promoter on the first day while Fr. Jayson David, SDB who is the Vocation Director of the Salesian of Don Bosco and the DVP Finance Officer shared his expertise on the topic; Pastoral Work for Vocations, Vocation Culture and some strategies on promoting vocations on the second day.
The topics, discussions and sharing throughout the session somehow rejuvenate the participants’ spirit in exercising the vocation ministry and at the same time a way of awakening for Vocation Promoters to really mobilize and strengthen the existing vocation culture in every AR school, that would be a great means of promoting religious vocation. It was also a moment of reflection and assessment of the situation in terms of the decreasing number of candidates to religious life within the Congregation and in the whole Church. The group was able to make eleven (11) resolutions based on the input given to us by the speakers and from the discussions and evaluations being done during the workshop that will serve as an aid in doing the ministry as Vocation Promoters.
Indeed, the gathering was a very successful, memorable and meaningful experience that helped us personally, especially in understanding our role and responsibilities.

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Sr. Ingrid Gueriña declares 10th ARSC Congress- Province of St. Augustine open

Intramuros, MANILA–The Augustinian Recollect Student Crusaders – Province of Saint Augustine has opened its 10th ARSC Provincial Congress last September 12, 2019, at Colegio de Sta. Rosa – Intramuros. The Congress started with a parade of the delegates and continued with a Drum and Lyre Exhibition Performance of the Marching Bands from the Host School, CSR-I and Saint Rita College – Manila. Moreover, the ARSCians formally opened the program with a Bible Enthronement headed by the San Fransisco Javier College.

Then, Ms. Nella Mira, ARSC National President, shared the Rationale and the Objectives of the Congress. ARSCians then had a chance to become more close with each other as they get acquainted in a fun and exciting games and a lot of animation songs. They also had a chance to meet their OIKOS family to decide on their names and their Yell.

The Holy Eucharist with Rev. Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR followed. In his homily, he reminded that as youths, we must really know who we are, and must reflect deeply to realize how much God loves us, we are beloved, as manifested in the gifts given to us. The Day ended with a Night Prayer and a Rosary as the Sister Servant Leaders and Teacher Servant Leaders blessed the rooms.

-From ARSC 10th Provincial Chapter Chronicles by SRCM-Manila delegates.

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Colegio de la Medalla Milagrosa, Jagna Bohol skater gives PHL 8 medals

Jagna, BOHOL–Franz Cameron Villacastin Tadena, Grade 7 student of Colegio de la Medalla Milagrosa, (CMM) Jagna, Bohol represented Team Philippines in the recently concluded Skate Asia 2019, August 3-10, 2019 held in Bangkok, Thailand. The Philippines was the 3rd Placer out of 11 Asian countries of which Tadena contributed the following awards to its rank: 3 Golds for Technical, Solo Compulsory and footwork category; 2 Silvers for Artistic and spotlight Character Category; 3 Bronze for Light Entertainment, Surprise and open freestyle (Silver) Category.
Congratulations!