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Core Values

1.      Discipleship – the enthusiasm to live out one’s life as authentic child of God and followers of Augustine.

2.      Community Life – the desire to live in common and finding joy in the company of others.

3.      Love for Truth – the untiring search for truth through studies, research and reflections.

4.      Piety – the hunger for prayer, contemplation, and union with God through the frequent reception of the sacraments.

5.      Moral Integrity – the desire to live a virtuous life worthy of emulation.

6.      Service – the willingness, availability and readiness to share one’s self to brothers and community

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Vision-Mission

I. VISION


            We envision Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary – as a community of students and formation personnel, strongly bound by ties of love, to be a new family of God’s children, co-participants in the same vocation and Augustinian tradition.

II. MISSION


            To educate candidates and provide them holistic formation towards the development of persons in their advancement as members of the OAR community, the Catholic church and the global society.

OBJECTIVES


1.      To assist candidates in their gradual transition from secular life to religious life.

2.      To accompany candidates in their Christian formation and in the vocational discernment.

3.      To provide them intellectual formation which will lead them towards the attainment of a degree in philosophy.

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The Augustinian Recollect Charism

We are a family whose members come from different cultures. Our proper name is “Augustinian”; our family name is “Recollect”. The former is derived from the famous St. Augustine of Hippo, a restless seeker of truth, teacher of the west, a man who very much ahead of this time, a man who’s Rule we strive to follow and whose spirituality we try to emulate. The latter is our legacy from a group of friars of the second half of the 16th century whom the Spirit of the Lord had inspired with a sincere and intense desire to strive for perfection. We live a mixes life of contemplation and action, of “holy leisure” and “right occupation.” In this way, the first for truth and interiority is harmoniously woven into the apostolate of evangelization. Called by God, we strive to make our life a harmonious expression of a threefold love.

Contemplative

Contemplation is the total and unconditional surrender of the self to God. The Augustinian Recollect religious searches for God and surrenders himself completely to Him.

Communitarian

A Recollect lives in a community whose members strive to live harmoniously with one soul and one heart intent upon God.

Apostolic

A Recollect is an apostle who preaches the Good News of Christ throughout the world. As a contemplative he receives the love of God freely in prayer; as an apostle he shares this love freely with others.

In a special way, a Recollect acquires a dimension of tenderness and human warmth in devotion to and imitation of the Most Holy Virgin, mother and prototype of the Church, incorporated in the mystery of Christ, the perfect example of a life consecrated to God.

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Augustinian Recollect Idearium

BENE VIVERE

The Common Life

            The community is built up in the Church of Christ, upon the foundation of charity, as the true family of those who have God as a Father, Christ as a Brother and the Church as a Mother.

            Thus, in the community, nobody has anything as an exclusive possession but all is held in common. They give themselves and all they have to the service of love.

            Among the menbers of the community, there reigns an amicable spirit of life together in Christ. Everyone fosters mutual confidence in open dialogue. They show concern for the sick, console the disheartened, rejoice sincerely for each other's qualities and victories just as if these were their own. They complement one another and unite their efforts in the common task. Each one finds fulfillment in his surrender to others.

            In the practice of the common life, all show themselves to be contented with their vocation and with the company of the brothers so that the sweet fragrance of Christ flows from our communities diffusing itself everywhere.

The Otium Sanctum

            It is termed as the Interiority which is the essential element of the Augustinian Recollect monastic tradition. It embraces the apostolate of searching for truth and its fullest expression as a service to the Church.

            The community ought to be organized so that the apostolic activity and daily accupations leave the brethren sufficient time for study and prayer and the giving of themselves to the Scriptures.

 

BENE ORARE

Daily Prayer

            Prayer, “an achievement of intimacy with God, the desire to adore, the will to intercede”, nourishes life and gives greater impulse and fruitfulness to every apostolate.

            Prayer enables the religious to discover the mysterious presence of God in the hearts of men so that all may be loved as brothers.

            By means of prayer, the Spirit of Jesus enables us to perceive the manifesation of love of God in the unfolding of events, thus, establishing the necessary link between life and prayer.

Meditation

            The commnity dedicates itself paritcularly to the practice of mental prayer, which is closely linked to the tradition of the Order and necessary to attain the vital integrity in man. Mental prayer is also necessary for a fruitful and intimate participation in the public prayer of the Church and of the mystery of the Eucharist.

 

BENE STUDERE

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Requirements for Admission

REQUIREMENTS

Documents

For Highschool graduate applicant/s"

  • Form 138 Cards
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Confirmation Certificate
  • Parent's Marriage Certificate (photocopy)
  • Recommendation Letter written by a priest who knows the candidate (preferably his parish priest). In the case of a transferee from another seminary, a recommendation from his former rector or prefect of discipline is necessary.
  • Formal Application Letter
  • Full-body picture of the candidate
  • An essay of 500 to 1000 words describing the main points of the candidate’s life, especially the origin of his interest in joining the Recollect religious – priestly life.

For the Adult Vocation applicant/s

All of the above requirements plus: Police Clearance, NBI Clearance, Transcript of Records or Photocopy of the present academic performance / report card if he is presently studying and Remmendation Letter from the previous work assignment.

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Application Process

Event Details:

  • Date: 19 August 2014 - 30 August 2014 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Venue:CaReS, Baguio City
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HOW TO APPLY

PROCESS FLOW (Application)

STEP 1. Local Vocation Promoter (LVP) meets the applicant for an initial interview.

The Application and Biodata Forms

will be given and be answered trutfully by the applicant.

The Vocation Promoter reviews and evaluates the above forms. Then he appraises the candidate's intellectual, emotional and spiritual capabilities and motivations. Assists  also the applicant in discovering his identity and meaning in life and in assessing his motivations and capabilities for the priesthood or religious life.


STEP 2. Local Vocation Promoter (LVP) administers the standardized test.

HSPQ (1 hour) and OLSAT (45 minutes)

STEP 3. Local Vocation Promoter (LVP) submits the test to USJ-R and evaluates the result.

STEP 4. Applicant prepares and submits his Portfolio to the Local Vocation Promoter for further evaluation.

Portfolio includes:

  • For Highschool graduate applicant/s"
  • Form 138 Cards
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Confirmation Certificate
  • Parent's Marriage Certificate (photocopy)
  • Recommendation Letter written by a priest who knows the candidate (preferably his parish priest). In the case of a transferee from another seminary, a recommendation from his former rector or prefect of discipline is necessary.
  • Formal Application Letter
  • Full-body picture of the candidate
  • An essay of 500 to 1000 words describing the main points of the candidate’s life, especially the origin of his interest in joining the Recollect religious – priestly life.
  • A short note of approval / support of the person (s) who will take charge of the candidate’s financial – material needs.

For the Adult Vocation applicant/s

All of the above requirements plus: Police Clearance, NBI Clearance, Transcript of Records or Photocopy of the present academic performance / report card if he is presently studying.and Remmendation Letter from the previous work assignment


STEP 5. Local Vocation Promoter (LVP) recommends the admission of the applicant to the National Vocation Director.

STEP 6. The National Vocation Director makes the final interview and final evaluation of the tests results and profile.

STEP 7. The Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary Chapter of Formation may approve the admission of the applicant/s to the seminary.

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Courses Offered

Event Details:

  • Date: 19 August 2014 - 30 August 2014 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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AB CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY
ASSOCIATE IN PHILOSOPHY

  • Background and Rationale

The Bachelor of Arts in Classical Philosophy program and curriculum have been foundational elements of the general education programs of the Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary. We do not expect the role of our program to change as a result of the creation of the Associate in Arts in Classical Philosophy. The Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary has formalized a philosophical preparatory academic program for seminarians with a bachelor’s degree before entry to the seminary. The seminary has long provided quality philosophical preparation for the seminarians coming from the various fields of specialization. With the advent of the Associate of Arts majoring in Classical Philosophy at the baccalaureate level, the seminarian will be more competent and equipped for theological education. By means of the Classical Philosophy major, it is argued that seminarians in this field will have an academic cohort with which to identify. The Associate of Arts will provide more specific and efficient identification of seminarians as philosophy majors. Statistically this will help provide the seminary with useful data which should help serve the needs of future adult vocation seminarians.

Statement of Program Goals and Objectives

The Associate of Arts in Classical Philosophy is designed to develop the reasoning skills needed to understand and evaluate theories about society, persons, reality, knowledge, truth, values, etc. Upon successful completion, seminarians will understand the major concepts and issues that have shaped philosophical traditions and be able to make decisions based on rigorous, logical standards. The curriculum provides a sound foundation for adult seminarians as preparation for the theological education and studies.

  • Program Description

The purpose of which is to uncover the assumptions underlying our understanding of the world and to subject those assumptions to careful scrutiny using the tools of logic. Upon successful completion, seminarians will understand the major concepts and issues that have shaped philosophical traditions and be able to make decisions based on rigorous, logical standards. Skills in thinking and problem solving, research, writing, criticism, and analysis are emphasized. This will include the ability to critically analyze the logical structure of arguments in contemporary social and moral issues and to assess the influential positions on theories of truth and the nature of reality. The precision of thought and expression that philosophy requires makes excellent preparation. Thos who do well in philosophy can expect to think more clearly and logically and to approach problems and issues more systematically.

  • Program Requirements

The Philosophy Major curriculum leads to the Associate in Arts provides a substantive general education program for seminarians. Only those with AB/BS degree can be admitted to this program. This would mean they have satisfied the requirements for general education, major courses, required courses and electives as prescribed by the seminary based on existing CHED requirements. The courses contained in the Associate of Arts in Classical Philosophy are unique to degree holders only. This program requires eighteen (18) units of Classical Philosophy, nine (9) units of Professional Education, twelve (12) units of Latin, twelve (12) units of Spanish, four (4) units of Recollect, twelve (12) units of English, sixteen (16) units of Theology, eight (8) units of Music. The complete list is attached.

The course description in the AB Classical Philosophy will be utilized for the Associate of Arts.

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