Augustinians to handover parish to RCAM

The 50-year agreement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) and the Order of Saint Augustine (OSA) on the administration of Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish in Makati is set to expire this month.

In a statement released by OSA’s official website, a Eucharistic celebration and a symbolic rite will be held on June 16, 2024 to formally signal the Augustinian’s turnover of the parish to RCAM.

The formal handover will be led by De Gracia’s last Augustinian parish priest, Rev. Fr. Aimark Asor, OSA and the incoming parish priest, Rev. Fr. Joselito Martin, representing the Archdiocese of Manila.

It also stated that the adjacent Monasterio de Guadalupe Community, which operates as OSA religious house and seminary for late vocations, will be officially ceded and dissolved by the Augustinian Prior General, the Very Rev. Alejandro Moral Anton, OSA, on the said date .

The transition period will officially end on August 1, with the installation of Fr. Martin, and his parochial vicar, Rev. Fr. Jose Francisco Syquia.

The Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish was established in 1601 as a “domus formata” or a community of Augustinian friars until Spanish religious orders were expelled in 1899 during the Philippine revolution.

Upon their return on June 29, 1970, the Augustinians reconstructed the church and rebuilt the monastery upon the agreement between the late Manila Archbishop Rufino Cardinal Santos and the late Augustinian Vicar, Rev. Fr. Casimiro Garcia.

The agreement, according to the OSA website, “would be in force for a period of 50 year, subject to renewal or extension at least a year before the original usufruct expires.”

(By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo OSA Province of Santo Nino Cebu – Philippines Website)


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