MANILA—The Filipino Recollect Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno will host the Third Recollect International Mission Congress this December 4-6 marking the culmination of the quadricentennial celebration of the arrival of their first missionaries in the Philippines in 1606.
The Recoletos 400 Executive Committee expects around 700 local and international delegates. Recollect bishops, priests, brothers and sisters working in various mission centers all over the world as well as Filipino missionaries and lay collaborators will flock to San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila to evaluate their missionary history, present reality and plan for appropriate future approaches to evangelization.
Official Logo of the 3rd OAR Mission Congress
Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, His Excellency Archbishop Fernando Filoni, D.D., will officiate at the Concelebrated Mass marking the three-day international congress.
Internationally acclaimed historians, theologians and missionaries will take turns in revisiting the historical paths taken by early missionaries and are expected to propose new perspectives in the theology of missionary involvement.
The pioneering Recollect missionaries arrived in Cebu in May of 1606 and later built their first convent in San Juan de Bagumbayan (presently between Orosa and Padre Burgos Sts, Manila) in the same year. In 1609 the Recollects founded the San Nicolas Church & Rectory in Intramuros, Manila, where Manila Bulletin is presently located. In a span of four hundred years, they have built more than two hundred Churches and laid the foundation of thirteen Cathedrals. They were responsible for the foundation, administration and development of about one-third of the Philippine islands entrusted to them by both Church and government.
Among their contributions to Philippine socio-cultural, economic and spiritual development were the introduction of the sugarcane industry in Negros island; the discovery and production of the humble Manila paper; the construction of San Sebastian Basilica, the only all-steel Basilica in Asia, and the construction of the Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas.
Rev. Fr. Ferdinand T. Hernando, OAR, STL
Media Desk, Recoletos 400 Executive Committee
Tel. (02) 926-0959; Mobile 09215861468
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Fr. Emeterio Buñao, OAR: Fr. Tony Limchaypo, OAR; Fr. Raul Buhay, OAR; Bro. Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR; Fr. Walthrode Conde, OAR; Fr. Joel Alve, OAR, eight members of the Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity (SARF), and members of the University's Kasadyahan Dance Company.