MANILA—As the whole Christian world celebrated the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Augustinian Recollect religious, priests, sisters, and formands were gathered at St. Rita College, Manila for the annual OAR-AR Christmas Gathering. The Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters, headed by their Superior General, Mo. Lucena Antipala, AR, hosted this yearly assembly of Recollects in Luzon. Augustinian Recollects from Baguio, Metro Manila, Antipolo City, Cavite, Quezon Province and Batangas joined this event.
The program proper began with the welcome remarks from Mo. Lucena Antipala, AR.In her welcome message, Mo. Lucy shared with them the focal point of the celebration of the Year of the Youth. She reminded everyone that “we should always welcome the youth in the Church, in our educational centers, and in our home.” She also recognized the presence of the young formands from the OAR and AR formation houses and said that “they are the future of our Order and of our Congregation.”
Fray Dionisio Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, gave an inspirational message to those present. He gave emphasis on the birth of Jesus Christ as the reason for this annual gathering. As one Augustinian Recollect family, Fray Diony said that “we should give thanks to the Lord for all the graces and blessings we received in the past years.”
The day closed with a message from Sr. Flora Silvero, AR, Local Superior of the AR Motherhouse, and a community singing led by the Augustinian Recollect Sisters from the Motherhouse and some Recollect priests.