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Augustinian Recollect novices at the Monasterio de Marcilla in Navarra, Spain

The Order of Augustinian Recollects or simply the Augustinians Recollects are a Roman Catholic monastic order of men and women. They are a reformist offshoot from the Augustinian hermit friars and follow the Augustinian Rule. They were founded in 16th century Spain, and their reform emphasized fidelity to the Rule of St. Augustine. The reformers placed special emphasis on community prayer and simplicity of life. The Recollects were formally recognized as an Order in the Catholic Church in 1912.

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Global Recollect presence

The Recollects are present in 19 countries including in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, the United States, and Venezuela. As of 1997, the Recollects numbered 1,258 in 201 religious houses,[1] distributed into eight provinces (regions) in four continents, but strongest in Spain, the Philippines and Colombia. The official languages of the Order are Spanish, English, and Portuguese.

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Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines

The Recollects have a significant presence in the Philippines. They administer two universities: the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (founded 1941) in Bacolod City and University of San Jose - Recoletos (founded 1947) in Cebu City. They also administer 3 colleges; San Sebastian College - Recoletos (founded 1941 in Manila); San Sebastian College - Recoletos (founded 1966 in Cavite City); Colegio de Santo Tomas-Recoletos founded in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental; as well as two secondary schools namely Colegio San Nicolas de Tolentino - Recoletos in Talisay City, Negros Occidental and San Pedro Academy in Caidiocan, Valencia, Negros Oriental.

Formation Houses and Seminaries includes the Santo Tomas de Villanueva Recoletos Formation House (High School) in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental; Casiciaco Recoleos Seminary / Seminario Mayor - Recoletos de Baguio (Philosophy) in Baguio City; and the Recoletos Formation Center (Theology) in Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City.

Since the creation of the Province of Saint Ezekiel Moreno, the Philiipine Province was officially separated from the Province of Saint Nicolas de Tolentino. Now, the Philippine Province not only supervises the different missions in the Philippines but also in Sierra Leone and China.

Augustinian Recollects in China

The Recollect foundation in Taiwan is based at Kaohsiung City.[2][3] They are supported by Filipino Recollects from the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.

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This article includes content derived from the Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, 1914, which is in the public domain.


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