Its Meaning And Concept
Taken from the Spanish terms, “Agustinos Recoletos”, meaning, Augustinian Recollects, Recoletos is a sign of fidelity to Augustinian teachings and strict religious life. The word “Recoletos” means “to come home”. As a Recoletos school, we are at home with God in our works and prayers, service to others, especially the weak and the needy, and with the Blessed Mother, we are assured of comfort and joy in our restless journey.
The OAR Constitutions enumerates four characteristics of the Order namely: contemplative, communitarian, apostolic, and Marian.
To the members of the school community, to be “contemplative” may mean living a prayerful secular life – a personal relationship with God which is, “A life for God, with God and in God, the very life of God Himself.”
“Communitarian” means “to love each other as children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ with one heart and one mind in the way to God.”
“Apostolic” connotes that the life of community is contemplative and active in such a way that both aspects harmoniously complement each other because in the Church, contemplation and action are vital signs of one and the same love.
“Marian” means “devotion to Mary – Mary is a sign of joy and hope for the pilgrim people of God.”
The Recollect community is apostolic, and its primary apostolate is the community itself. To be dedicated to prayer, to the practice of virtue, and to be united in the holy purpose of the common life are, in itself, apostolic work.
The challenge of the symbol is that every Recollect must search for God and surrender himself to Him.