The 14th Recollect Augustinian Youth National Summit (RAYNS) in Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary (CaReS), Baguio City concluded in the morning of January 28, 2024.
The last day of the summit started with a morning prayer at the seminary open court.
After breakfast, the participants had their aseo personal (personal care), while some started to pack their things and prepared themselves for the celebration of the Holy Mass.
At 9 am, RAYsters joined the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Kenneth Joseph Onda, OAR, the Vicar of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, in the seminary chapel.
In his homily, Fr. Onda encouraged the delegates to respond to Christ’s commandment to love one another by building friendships that are Christ-centered.
The induction and oath taking of the newly-elected Recollect Augustinian Youth (RAY) National officers also took place before the final blessing.
After the Holy Mass, the delegates bid goodbyes to one another and departed from the seminary back to their respective communities.
VInce Miguel Genovesa, a delegate from from the Recollect community of Santuario Arquidiocesano de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, La Limpia (Archdiocesan Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the Clean Conception), Cebu City, said that though he found the event boring on the first day, his experience on the second day until the end of the event changed his initial impression.
“I truly enjoyed the summit and it made me feel closer to God through the various activities of the summit, most specially the prayers,” he said.
Another participant from the same community, Lovely Jhean Soroy-soroy, said she “gained new learnings from the gathering and found the event fun and exciting despite the coldness of the weather.”
The RAYsters brought with them an inflamed heart with a renewed vigor to respond to their new mission – to serve Christ and to proclaim the goodness of God in the Recollect way of Life.
– Bro. Ramon Jayson Valdez