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New batch of APAN Novices accepted

Date Published: August 5, 2017


“13 novices together with their formators.”

In a simple yet meaningful ceremony, 13 postulants from the Santo Niño de Cebu Province, Vicariate of the Orient and Vicariate of India were formally accepted as novices by Fr. Andres D. Rivera, Jr., OSA last July 3, 2017, Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, at the novitiate house chapel. During the rite of initiation to the religious life, the novices received their white Augustinian habit. Present during the ceremony were Fr. Jepser T. Bermudez, OSA, the new APAN Novice Master and the other members of the Augustinian Novitiate and Prayer House (ANPH) Community. Fr. Rodolfo A. Bugna, OSA, ANPH Prior, presided during the Holy Mass that followed the rite of acceptance to the novitiate. The current APAN novices are:

from the Santo Niño de Cebu Province

Nov. Fevin Tiongzon Baoc
Nov. Alberto Cardenio Bartiana Jr.
Nov. Mark Jairus Denise Gerra Gilbuena
Nov. Ian Mart Honrado Lomboy
Nov. John Felix Orejas Pomoy
Nov. Eugenio Ormega Reserva
Nov. Albert Benedict Bumanlag Soliman
Nov. Christopher Manalastas Tabifranca

from the Vicariate of the Orient

Nov. Dennis Marpuri Bañares
Nov. Dannie Villanueva Bautista
Nov. Jordan Balbalosa Bitoon

from the Vicariate of India

Nov. Tisu Pattacheril Justin
Nov. Robin Thachapally Jacob

The Asia Pacific Augustinian Novitiate (APAN) is a project of OSAAP – Order of Saint Augustine in the Asia Pacific. APAN gathers all the novices of the different circumscriptions of the Order in the region and aims for a better collaboration in the area of initial formation of candidates to the Order.

Blessed Thomas of Saint Augustine, a Japanese Augustinian friar who was ordained priest at the then Santo Niño Church (now the Basilica del Santo Niño) in the 17th century and who was martyred for the faith in his native country, is the Patron of APAN.

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