Augustinian Recollect Sisters
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Mother Dionisia Talangpaz and Mother Cecilia Rosa Talangpaz -
First Day Covers: Manila
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Augustinian Recollect Sisters have the Philippines as
their place of origin dating from the beginnings of the 18th
century. In 1719, two sisters, Dioisia and Cecilla Ros Talangpaz
Parmintuan, settled in a site next to the sanctuary of the Virgin of
Carmen in Manila. Their retired manner of life and devotion elicited
the attention of the Augustinian Recollect Friars who took care of
the sanctuary conferred on the sisters the habit of the terciaries
and organized them in a residence. It was the year 1725.
The way of life was typical of convent life of the
period: withdrawal from secular life, common life, the habit of the
Order, prolonged prayer, manual labor, and ascetical practices. They
also took care of cult at the sanctuary of the Virgin and, even
before 1754, the education some young ladies.
Numerical growth and institutional development began in earnest at
the beginnings of the 20th century. Guided by Fr. Celestino Yoldi,
they remodeled their old residence , and began to make public
profession of vows (1907). The updated their laws and opened schools
in Cavite (1910) and Cuyo (1921) and were recognized as a
congregation of diocesan status in 1929. With this, the congregation
began to enjoy an autonomous life and to realize its authentic
expansion. The Sisters received pontifical approval on November 20,
The education of rural youth remains the principal
apostolate of the Sisters. They also attend an orphanage and assist
in giving catechesis. They administer residences and university
schools in Manila, Cebu, Cavite and other Filipino cities. They have
opened houses in the United States, Australia, and Spain. As of
2005, there were 304 religious distributed among 42 houses.