13th SARF National Biennial Convention


The Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity (SARF) Philis. held its 13th Biennial National Convention recently (May 12-14, 2017) at the Bulwagan Recoleto, Miranila Subd., Quezon City. Two hundred eleven (211) delegates and accompanying persons from 10 chapters in Luzon and 6 chapters from the Visayas  attended the event. Out-of-towners were billeted at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish dormitories in Quezon City and at the Bahay Sta. Monica in Miranila Subd.

Each day  of the convention was started with the Holy Mass. Main celebrants were Rev. Fr. Emmanuel A. Bolilia, OAR (Provincial Councilor, In-charge of Spirituality), Rev. Fr. Emilio L. Larlar, OAR (National Spiritual Director of SARF, Phils) and Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR (Prior Provincial). Lauds, Mid-day prayers and vespers were properly incorporated in the activities.

The following talks were delivered:

  1. The OAR  Year of Holiness 2017                            Rev. Fr. Lauro V. Larlar, OAR

“Called to be Saints”

  1. The SARF PHils. LAMP 2017-2020                          Rev. Fr. Emilio L. Larlar, OAR
  2. Ways of Expressing Holiness                                  Rev. Fr. Ian D. Espartero, OAR
  3. Stewardship: A Way of Life, A Spirituality          Rev. Fr. Emmanuel A. Bolilia, OAR

Election of the new officers of the National Council was also held. The 2017-2020  National Council Officers include the following:

Position Name Chapter Affiliated
National President Edwin T. Ruiz SEMNOV – Antipolo
Vice President –Luzon Zenaida Lapuz Recoletos Provincialate
Vice President – Visayas Carmenda Leonoras UNO-Bacolod City
1st Councilor – Luzon Ceres C. Alcantara SSBP –Quiapo, Manila
2nd Councilor – Luzon Yolanda V. Zaragoza SEMNOV – Antipolo
Councilor – Negros Fe Violeta B. Taring OLAP- Valencia
Councilor – Cebu Evangeline E. Gubatao OLMCP – Cebu
National Secretary Ma. Windle M. Oane SEMNOV – Antipolo
National Treasurer Corazon A. Padua RFC – Miranila, Q. C.


Spiritual Directors Name Chapter Affiliated
National SD Rev. Fr. Emilio Larlar, OAR
Regional SD – Palawan Rev. Fr. Rex Bangcaya, OAR OLMCP – P. Princesa

SHJHS- Brooke’s Point

Regional SD – Negros Rev. Fr. William Villaflor, OAR UNO-Bacolod City
Regional SD – Cebu Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon, Jr. OAR OLMCP – Cebu

The fellowships were happy and memorable (if not a bit roaring on the second night!) The Himig Consolacion, RFC Seminarians and OLCP Dance Troupe provided formal entertainment. But, the excitable presentations of Cavite, Carmel, Cebu, San Carlos Chapters and the impromptu community singing and zumba goaded by naturally fun-loving delegates delicious peppered the concoction.

Since the 13th was the Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima a rosary procession and flower offering to our Lady was celebrated  by the non-voting delegates. Also, since the 14th was Mothers Day, remembrance of mothers was paid in songs and speeches, particularly the “Sulat ni Nanay sa Atin” read by Prior Provincial Selma. Surely, some delegates were teary-eyed singing “Mama”.

SARF RFC, the host chapter, thanked the Triune God for moving our hearts and minds to make the convention a success, and everyone: the OAR, the National Council, the delegates and RAYs for their generous help and participation. The event was formally closed with the song “People”.

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