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Asia Pacific Augistinian Conference

Order of St Augustine – Cebu

     This Province was officially inaugurated on 15th January 1984 at the Basilica del Santo Nino in Cebu. The first Provincial (for two terms) was Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, OSA. Then after two terms as an Assistant General until 2006, he was in recent years re-elected Provincial at Cebu once again. The new Province was formed from parts of the ancient Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines, which began in the Philippines not long after the arrival of the first Augustinians there in April 1565.

Delegates of the Provincial Chapter in 2012.

    Today, the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu, continues to live out its desire and aspirations as one vibrant happy community. After 30 years, the province was able to expand her communities and various apostolates. The province today has three residences and fifteen diverse, strong, established and dynamic communities responding to the call of religious life and evangelization throughout the archipelago. The communities are: (1) San Agustin Center of Studies and St. Thomas of Villanova Institute of Philosophy in Quezon City; (2) San Agustin Monastery and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Parish in Makati; (3) In San Pedro Laguna; (4) Colegio San Agustin – Biñan and Sto. Niño de Cebu Parish in Biñan, Laguna; (5) St. Augustine Parish in Gubat, Sorsogon; (6) University of San Agustin in Iloilo City; (7) San Jose Parish in Iloilo; (8) Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod in Bacolod City); and in Cebu Island (9) Augustinian Novitiate and Prayer House; (10) Sto. Niño de Cebu Parish in Mohon; (11) Sto. Niño Spirituality Center and Retreat House in Consolacion; (12) the Provincialate Community or the Pilgrim Center, (13) the Basilica del Sto. Niño de Cebu in Cebu City; (14) the Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Socorro, Surigao del Norte; (15) and the Colegio San Agustin – Mati in Mati, Davao Oriental. The three residences are: St. Augustine Sub- parish in Saguday, Quirino Province; Sta. Ana Parish in Burgos, Siargao Island, and University of San Agustin – Sambag Campus in Iloilo City. Aside from the direct apostolate carried out by each community in the province, that is, to attend to the spiritual needs of the people (Masses, sacraments, counseling, and propagation of the different Augustinian devotions), these communities also respond to the demands and needs of the Church in a certain place and time.

    Today, the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu has sent missionaries to other countries like Japan, Australia and Canada. Previously, the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu has also at times sent several missionaries to Durban, South Africa; Tanzania; Incheon, South Korea; Jayapura, Indonesia, and to Annaba, Algeria as a sign of cooperation and collaboration with the other provinces in order to continue its missionary thrust. The Province has also intensified its local missions by accepting remote areas and far flung islands. That is why, aside from sending the seminarians to different theological schools of different theological paradigms, students are also sent to different mission areas for immersion. Without immersion, it is not possible to win people, to inculcate and to make integral evangelization, which our predecessors had beautifully learned and mastered.

   As the province is moving towards an experience of growth, harmony, solidarity and peace, it remains humble, sincere and steadfast to attain its commitment, to be of service to the Filipino people, to the Order, and to the Church at large. And through the guidance of the Sto. Niño, who eventually became the adult Jesus, may the Province and its friars also grow not just in years and numbers but also in love, knowledge and wisdom. It is redemptive when we see its growth that nourishes people’s hope and faith and is a life – giving act, like the one of Christ.  The knowledge of the past is necessary in understanding the present, for what is today is a consequence of what has been.

In May 2016, Fr. Andres D. Rivera, OSA began a term as Prior Provincial in Cebu. 

 

 

 

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