The four Augustinian Recollect communities in the Diocese of Bacolod will celebrate the feast of St. Ezekiel Moreno, Patron Saint of Cancer Survivors, and an Augustinian Recollect Missionary to the Philippines today.
The University of Negros Occidental Recoletos Oratory of St. Nicholas of Tolentine will celebrate the fiesta with a Eucharistic celebration with Fray Amadeo Lucero, as main preside, at 10 a.m. today at the Oratory of St. Nicolas of Tolentino. There will also be a community rosary at 9:30 a.m., a press release from UNO-R said.
The community of Resource-Handumanan will also have its Eucharistic celebration at 8 a.m. with Fray Ronel Gealon, while the Contemplative Augustinian Recollect nuns at the St. Ezekiel Moreno in Brgy. Tangub will hold their fiesta with a Eucharistic celebration, also at 8 a.m., with Most Rev. Louie Galbines, bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan as main presider.
This could be viewed live through Facebook account Ezekiel Moreno Monastery and Heart Media Productions, the press release added.
Novena masses in honor of St. Ezekiel Moreno were held by these communities and all other OAR communities around the Philippines and the world since August 10 to 18 with a common intention for the healing of cancer and Covid–19 patients. In all community masses, strict health protocols were observed.
St. Ezekiel Moreno was an Augustinian Recollect Missionary assigned in the Philippines in 1870. He was ordained deacon at the Jaro Cathedral and was ordained to the sacred priesthood in Manila.
In 1872, he was appointed chief missionary in Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Malaria ended his missionary work with the Tagbanuas of Palawan. He walked on the island of Negros, specifically in Talisay, to have the famous hydrotherapeutic treatment under Padre Fernando Cuenca. He was then made as curate of Calapan Mindoro in 1873. After Mindoro, he was assigned to Las Pinas, to Batangas, to Sta. Cruz in Manila, and to Bacoor and Imus in Cavite.
After his missionary work in the Philippines, he was transferred to Spain to train future missionaries to Asia and America in 1885. In 1888, he was transferred to Colombia and, in 1896, he was made bishop of Pasto, Colombia. In mid-1905, he was diagnosed to have cancer in the palate.
On August 19, 1906, he died in the odor of sanctity. In 1915 and in 1975, his mortal remains were exhumed and found incorrupt. He was beatified by Pope St. Paul VI in 1975 and was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 1992, the press release added.*