Fr. Lauro Larlar Celebrates 50 Years as Religious at STV-R


SAN CARLOS CITY, Negros Occ. – “The Holy Father asked us [Augustinian Recollects] to place our charism and spirituality in the hands of the laity.”

Golden Augustinian Recollect. “The beginning of the Rule of St. Augustine is love of God.”

            Rev. Fr. Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, opened his homily thus during the Thanksgiving offered for his 50th Anniversary Celebration as an Augustinian Recollect at Sto. Tomas de Villanueva-Recoletos Chapel, San Carlos City, July 10, 2022.

            Fr. Larlar went on to reflect on the Gospel by highlighting the Church’s call to synodality, that he said “is very Recollect” because it comes from community and communion.

            The former prior provincial (2003 to 2009) of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno also shared that his 50 years as a religious and a missionary were rigged with challenges which his brothers in the Order also experienced. He mentioned that putting the OAR spirituality and charism in the hands of the lay persons is primary among the challenges.

            In return, he challenged the laity to answer the call to synodality by living God’s love in the family, the smallest yet the most important form of community.

 A Family Celebration. Fr. Larlar is joined by his Augustinian Recollect bothers at Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Chapel. L-R Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon, Jr., OAR, Rev. Fr. Renier Alviola, OAR, Rev. Fr. Excel Saycon, OAR, Rev. Fr. Cristopher Maspara, OAR and Rev. Fr. Joel Alve, OAR.         
Blessed and Challenged. Fr. Larlar blesses the laity who attended the Holy Mass as he challenges them to answer the call to synodality, echoing Pope Francis.       

            Among Fr. Larlar’s guests were his musically-inclined siblings and family, the Augustinian Recollect sisters of Colegio de Sta. Rita, the Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity San Carlos City Chapter, and his classmates from Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos Batch 1967.

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