Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary Community witnesses the Installation of its New Seminary Prior

By: Bro. Alvin C. Laserna Jr.

BAGUIO CITY — Rev. Fr. Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, the new prior and rector of Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary was installed last August 2, 2022.

The Toma de Posesión rites was led by the Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, Rev. Fr. Bernard C. Amparado, OAR, who happened to be the former rector of the same seminary. It was celebrated within the Vespers of the community.

In his short homily, Fr. Amparado echoed what the Constitutions of the Order say about the position of a prior and, hence, the characteristics of a prior, the duties attached to his position, and his significance to the community.

First Among Equals. Fr. Amparado reads some parts of the Constitutions for the local prior to be reminded of the true meaning of his position.

One of these duties is to make sure that there reigns a friendly spirit of life together in Christ as emphasized in Constitutions no. 18.

“However, in doing so, he [the prior] must be reminded that though he is the first, he is only the first among equals,” Fr. Amparado said.

The Prior Provincial also highlighted the point that the prior of the house must have the humility and realize that his position is a better one to serve others including his brothers.

After Fr. Amparado’s homily, the vice-prior of the community, Rev. Fr. Anthony P. Irineo, OAR, read the patente which was followed by the profession of faith of the new seminary prior.

Fraternal Embrace of Obedience. Fr. Jessriel Marcha, OAR hugs Fr. Larlar as a sign of

Fr. Amparado, then, invited the members of the community to show their sign of obedience to their prior which was done by each religious of the community through embracing Fr. Larlar.

Fr. Larlar is a former rector of the seminary last formation years 1994-1997 and 2009-2012.

The Recoletos de Baguio Chapter of Formation with
Fr. Amparado and Fr. Granada.
Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary Formators during the Toma de Posesión.
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