Day 5 Thanksgiving for 50 years of Sister Eppie as Dominican Sister

Solemn Mass Highlighted Sr. Eppie’s 50th as a Dominican Sister

The grand celebration of the 50th year anniversary as a Dominican sister of Sr. Eppie Brasil, OP was highlighted by solemn mass at the Chapel on the Hill, Regina RICA, Tanay, Rizal. Rev. Fr. Msgr. Rigoberto S. de Guzman was the main celebrant. It was concelebrated by 27 priests including the friends, classmates and students of Sr. Eppie and Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Fernando R. Capalla, DD

The mass started by a solemn procession of five Regina flower girls ( 2 of which were K friends children) and 50 candle bearers – whose lives were touched by Sr. Eppie for the past fifty years; and  acolytes, lectors and mass celebrants.

Sr. Eppie, then renewed her vows to Bishop Fernando R. Capalla, DD.

In her words of thanksgiving, Sr. Eppie shared the word ALLOW as acronym for A – Accept; L – Let go and Leave all things behind; L – Laugh at Yourself; O – Obey; and W – Wait. She said, it summarized her learnings for the past fifty years of her life as a religious sister. Furthermore, her learnings helped turn her darkness into light.

Reception followed at the St. Joseph’s hall where guests, friends, benefactors, classmates and students of Sr. Eppie had a festive lunch and a showcase of talents for the different group of mission partners of the congregation.



Day 4 Thanksgiving for 50 years of Sister Eppie Brasil as Dominican Sister

Soft Blessing: Garden of Indigenous Forest Trees

The fourth day of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Sr. Eppie was highlighted by the soft blessing of the Garden of Indigenous Forest Trees (GIFT).

GIFT is a project of Green Convergence for Safe Food; Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy; Energy Development Corporation; and the Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia’s– Regina RICA Foundation.

The project is lovingly dedicated to the late Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, LLD, LHD – Chairman Emeritus of Lopez Holdings Corporation.

Present during the soft blessing were Ms. Emy Sarmiento – author of the books Philippine Native Tree 101 and 102 and one of the proponents of the project; the family of Oscar Lopez; the lay mission partners, volunteers and friends of the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii.

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Day 3. Thanksgiving for 50 years of service of Sister Eppie Brasil, OP as a Dominican Sister

                                            Regina RICA Open House: Three Rooms Ready for Viewing


The third day of the celebration of Sr. Eppie’s 50th year anniversary, started with an open house of the Regina Rosarii Institute for contemplation in Asia. Regina RICA is envisioned to be a place where people can find God in Silence, Stillness and Simplicity.

Three rooms are now ready for viewing. Donors of the three rooms are:              Dr. Amelia Bulmer, Ms. Anelene Tungol and Nelly Yu Tecson.

The single rooms are very well ventilated and there is a toilet and bath.

The construction is in full swing. Please come, see and experience for yourselves.. Be touched by Our Lady Regina Rosarii. It is an honor and a priviledge to be part of the blessing by sponsoring a room.4 2 15 16

Day 2 Thanksgiving for 50 years of Sister Eppie

                                   K-Friends Joined Sr. Eppie in her golden Jubilee Celebration


Part of the five-day celebration of Sr. Eppie’s Golden Jubilee is a day dedicated for our K-Friends. They were brought to Regina RICA on July 14, 2017, for a pilgrimage to visit Our Lady Regina Rosarii and to celebrate with Sr. Eppie.

They had a mass presided by our Parish Priest Fr. Jun Suriven and concelebrated with Bishop George Rimando. A festive lunch followed at St. Joseph’s Hall. The Tuesday Regina Rosarii Assistants for Caring of K-Friends (TRACK) Volunteers spearheaded a short program after lunch, wherein they showcased their talents as well as the K-Friends to entertain Sr. Eppie and all her guests .

After the presentations, Sr. Neneng Marquillero, OP led the K-Friends to the Sanctuary of Universal Love and Devotion (SULOD) to pray in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

It was a memorable moment for our K friends and volunteers.

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Day 1: Thanksgiving for 50 years of Sister Eppie Brasil, OP as a Dominican Sister

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Opened Sr. Eppie’s Golden Jubilee
The five-day gala for the thanksgiving of Sr. Eppie for her 50 years of service as a Dominican sister commenced with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on July 13, 2017, both at the Motherhouse and at Regina RICA.
It has been the tradition of the congregation and its lay mission partner to have the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every 13th day of the month.
Bishop George Rimando, DD – Auxiliary Bishop of Davao celebrated the mass at the Motherhouse Chapel followed by the Novena to Our Lady of Fatima. Members of ROCA, ROSA, sitters and mass goers joined in the day’s activity.

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Visiting Mother Lucy and sisters in Malaybalay

Mother Lucy has been our coach, our guide and and our inspiration when Sister Eppie founded our new congregation with her new mission and apostolate.

We had a spirited time with the Carmelite sisters, a happy community.

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When God calls, we go.

When God calls we go. Sr. Eppie heard the call to help the evacuees from Marawi City. So every where she went she campaigned hard with a talk and with silence over the plight of our Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters. We went to see and to experience their fears and their pain. We did not know whom and where to go but eventually the hand of God pointed the way. We were able to get in touch with a priest we had never met before. He brought us to the evacuation centers. They had food, water to drink and even to wash their clothes. They had mats. But it was hot and they lacked one thing fans. Rey gave us the tip and so we brought fans.  Look at the “cardboard fan” they were using until we gave them fans. Even though life is difficult see what a small fan can bring –  smiles in their faces.

We also visited home based refugees. We also gave the Diocese of Iligan for their crisis intervention funds to “de stress” the trauma caused by war. We helped with financial blessings that was sent for them through our generous donors, members and friends. Thank you to all who had helped.

May we share with all of you the joy that we have received through the smiles, hand shakes and even embraces from the people we met. It is when people are faced with dire need and deprivation that an act of kindness is appreciated the most. Photo credits: ReyBarn & Sr. Menchi20170605_095055

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46 days countdown to Golden Jubilee of Sister Eppie

It is an honor and privilege to walk with Sr. Eppie and experience the blessings God has gifted our Congregation: The Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii and our Lay members as we together hand in hand serve all the people from all walks of life that our Lady sends to us.

Daily in Sister Eppie’s Facebook post let us walk with her as she looks back at the past with fond memories.

Join us in joyful of expectation day by day until 7.17.17 finally comes. Join us in grateful thanksgiving in a mass in Regina Rica.

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ABUNDANCE 2: Under the Mantle of our Lady, Book signing on our Foundation day in the Motherhouse

Finally now it can be read, what about? The story of RICA how it all started. We never thought RICA would be visited by a lot of people, by hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life. Read and experience what is written by the story teller. Then come to RICA to take a look and savor what you have read.

If you would like your own copy, please call Maricris (02) 3725327 or email us at

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Notes from Sr. Eppie 50th day countdown before her Golden Jubilee

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