Rev. Fr. Andres D. Rivera Jr., OSA, the Prior Provincial of the Augustinian Province of Santo Niño de Cebu – Philippines, is the new president of the Asia Pacific Augustinian Conference (APAC). The election was held online on October 16, 2021, on the last day of the 14th APAC Triennial Convention. He replaced Sr. Niceta Vargas, OSA of the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation (ASOLC), who was president from 2017-2021.
Fr. Rivera will serve for the term 2021-2024 together with Sr. Cynthia Camuta, AR as Vice President.
The convention was held for the first time online mainly due to the pandemic. The theme of the Convention is “The Mission of Augustinian Religious Leadership in Asia-Pacific in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic”, which started on October 14 and ended on October 16, 2021.
APAC, founded in 1977, is a voluntary association open to all Augustinian congregations following the Rule of Saint Augustine in the Asia Pacific area. The association is established to strengthen ties of the Augustinian families and to provide assistance and enhance collaboration among the members in areas or initiatives of common interest to all.
The member congregations are Order of Saint Augustine (OSA) Cebu, OSA Vicariate, OSA Japan, OSA Australia, OSA Papua Indonesia, OSA Korea, OSA India, OSA Nuns, Order of Augustinian Recollect, Augustinians of the Assumptions, Order of Augustinian Discalced, Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation, Augustinian Recollect Sisters, Augustinian Missionaries of the Philippines, Missionary Servants of the Holy Trinity, the Augustinian Sisters of Divine Love, and Augustinian Sisters Servants of Jesus and Mary.