San Agustin Center of Studies (SACS) in Quezon City is the Province’s major formation house. SACS houses the: 1) Saint Thomas of Villanova Hall (STVH) for college aspirants and postulants and the 2) Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Hall (SNTH) for the Simply Professed Friars. In June 1996, the Saint Thomas of Villanova Institute (STVI) was inaugurated. STVI is the Province’s institute of philosophy. Apart from the Province’s college aspirants and postulants, STVI likewise welcomes college student-seminarians from other pious unions and religious congregations near Quezon City as well as from the Augustinian Vicariate of the Orient.
SACS was officially accepted as a house of the Order on March 1, 1984. The buildings (Santa Monica Hall and Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Hall and the refectories) were solemnly blessed on November 13, 1984. In June 1996, the STVI and STVH buildings were solemnly blessed and inaugurated.
The inner garden of the Saint Thomas of Villanova Hall (STVH) inside San Agustin Center of Studies. STVH houses the Province’s college aspirants and postulants. STVH also houses the Saint Thomas of Villanova Institute or STVI which provides quality academic formation to the Province’s college seminarians.
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Saint Thomas of Villanova Institute
MONASTERIO DE GUADALUPE (Makati City)
Guadalupe was the official rest house of the Augustinians during the Spanish colonial era. It is located on a hilly ground overlooking the Pasig River in the then quaint town of San Pedro de Makati now simply Makati City. The monastery of Guadalupe suffered heavy damages from the ravages of the Filipino American war. The friars left Guadalupe in 1901 and returned only in 1970 upon the invitation of the then Archbishop of Manila, Rufino J. Cardinal Santos.
Upon their return, the friars were entrusted with the administration of the Nuestra Señora de Gracia (NSdG) Parish which covers the entire Barangay Guadalupe Viejo and opened San Agustin Seminary (SAS), a formation house for aspirants and postulants to the Augustinian Order who are already college degree holders or the so-called “late vocations”. Two seminaries of the Archdiocese of Manila are situated inside the territory of NSdG Parish: San Carlos Seminary and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary.
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Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish
Biñan is one of the first Communities of the Augustinian Province of Santo Niño de Cebu in the Southern Tagalog Region. The first two friars assigned to Biñan were Fr. Rodolfo P. Sicio, OSA and Fr. Alfredo B. Jubac, OSA. Biñan was officially accepted as a house of the Order on August 2, 1984 during the term of Fr. Martin T. Nolan, OSA as Prior General. The friars minister to two institutions attached to the Community: 1) Colegio San Agustin – Biñan and 2) Santo Niño de Cebu Parish.
MGCP Community is the other Augustinian presence in the Diocese of San Pablo (Laguna). Sometimes it is referred to as Chrysanthemum Community on the grounds that the friary and the parish church are situated in Chrysanthemum Village, San Pedro, Laguna. The Somascan Fathers were the first pastors of Chrysanthemum yet it was later turned over to the Augustinians. In 1998, the parish’s name was changed to Mother of Good Counsel from Saint Jerome Emiliani. The parish currently covers 5 villages and in addition Maligaya 5 and 6.
The Augustinians were the first missionaries to arrive at what is now presently the Bicol Region before it was eventually turned over to the pastoral administration of the friars minor not long before the turn of the seventeenth century. The friars returned in 2005 when the then Provincial, Fr. Jerome P. Mesina, OSA sent Fr. Arlon M. Vergara, OSA to pioneer the mission in Gubat, Sorsogon. The Santo Niño Chapel in Barangay Bagacay served as the temporary seat of the then Saint Lawrence The Deacon Quasi Parish, the predecessor of the present Saint Augustine Parish along the highway of Barangay Cogon and of Barangay San Ignacio. The friars additionally act as chaplains to the Augustinians nuns in the Monastery of Saint Rita only a short distance from the present parish church.
Saguday was accepted as a Residence of the Province during the 8th Ordinary Provincial Chapter that was celebrated from April 16 to 21, 2012 at the Santo Niño Spirituality Center in Tolo-tolo, Consolacion, Cebu. The friars came upon the invitation of the then Bayombong Bishop Ramon B. Villena. The pioneering friars were Frs. Sisinio A. Paderog, OSA and Tarquin C. Gamao, OSA. In 2015, Bishop Villena canonically erected the Parish of Saint Augustine of Hippo which covers the entire town of Saguday in the Province of Quirino. During the term of Fr. Paderog as 1st Local Superior that the friary and the parish hall of Saguday were constructed and finished.
On August 28, 2019, the Santo Niño de Cebu Mission Station in Pallas Valley, Vintar, Ilocos Norte was entrusted to the friars of Saguday Residence. The mission station in Vintar is the Province’s northernmost presence in the Philippines.
Santo Niño de Cebu Mission Station
Pallas Valley, Vintar, Ilocos Norte
Priests in-charge of the Mission Station: Fr. Christian E. Funtanares, OSA Fr. Mark N. Domasian, OSA
ACCORDING TO ST. AUGUSTINE
“In order to promote deep communion of mind and heart among the friars in community, we should be mindful that our personal relationships require the same qualities that are needed in all genuine human relationships.”