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The Augustinian Recollect friars arrive to Cuba in their first mission of which Father General is directly responsible

The Augustinian Recollect friars arrive to Cuba in their first mission of which Father General is directly responsible
26-02-2018 Otros Países
The first ever recollect friars in Cuba arrived on the 17th of February to the region of Antilla. This religious community will be under the direct supervision and support of Father General´s office in Rome even though the friars belong to different provinces.
The four Augustinian Recollect friars arrived to Havana on the 17th of February in a direct flight from Panama where they had gathered with the prior general of the Order, Miguel Miró.

Miró encouraged them to make prayer and community life their priority according to the Augustinian Recollect charism, and to be faithful to the bishop´s pastoral plan.

A great number of the Augustinian Recollect Youth went to the airport in Panama to give them a heartwarming farewell. The youth from other nations were gathered in Panama together with their Recollect religious mentors to prepare the World Youth Gathering which Pope Francis will preside next year in Panama.

Emilio Aranguren, bishop of Holguín, welcomed the Recollect Friars at their destination. He talked with them about the needs in the community and encouraged them to work with joy and dedication.

Immediately the day after, the friars celebrated the Holy Mass in all the three geographical areas that are part of the parish: Antilla (with a population of 12,000), the sugar cane fields of Tacajó (35,000) and Báguanos (15,000). The communities have a high index of poverty. More than half of the population are baptized but only 3% of the population are practicing Catholics.

Jairo Alberto Gordillo (Bogotá, Colombia, 1967), Joel Naranja (Ilo Ilo, Filipinas, 1964), Ismael Xuruc (Totonicapán, Guatemala, 1981) y Noé Servín (Guanajuato, México, 1979)are the friars that form this missionary community. Some 300 kilometers away from the friars, the Augustinian Recollect Missionary Sisters are also present in the island and have been doing missionary work since 1991.

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