The Augustinians are religious priests and brothers following in the footsteps of Christ and Saint Augustine since 1244. We are "Active Contemplatives." We are Men of Heart. We serve God and His people in diverse ministries as pastors, educators, and missionaries.
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Saint Thomas of Villanova is a Spanish friar who is celebrated by the Augustinians on his feast day, October 10. He is the patron saint of Villanova University, an Augustinian school named one of the Top 50 of the Nation's Best Colleges and Universities by U.S. News & World Report. So, while we might here the chants of "Go Nova!" and see "Villanova" embroidered on the sweaters of many of our school's students and alumni, let's take today to celebrate the legacy of Saint Thomas of Villanova.
The decision for a young man to join a religious order is a difficult one. It involves a lot of prayer and discernment on the life that God wants him to lead. It involves understanding which religious community best aligns with the type of ministry and interior life in which he sees himself being involved. It involves a big leap of faith, too. But one particular thing that is also crucial to understanding one's vocation is our relationship with our family.
The Augustinians are an Order of religious brothers: some are priests and others are lay brothers. But what's the difference? How does one know if they are called to the priesthood or not?
On August 28, the Feast of Saint Augustine, Brother Stephen Isley and Joe Ruiz made a lifetime commitment to ministry in the Augustinian Order. We are overjoyed that they have found their vocation and the life that God has called them to lead! Please enjoy this short video of their solemn professions here!
This summer, Joseph Aloysius Murray, O.S.A., entered the Augustinian priesthood! His ordination took place on the historic campus of Villanova University, where the Augustinians have served since the 1800s. Watch this video from his ordination here!
Please enjoy this 4 1/2 minute video capturing the memorable moments from the day when we had 11 men profess their first vows as Augustinians.
Monica has an incredibly unique and special place in the hearts and minds of the Augustinians. In fact, the greater Catholic Church recognizes her as being the Patron Saint of Mothers. Little did Monica ever know that her son, Augustine of Hippo, would eventually become the most quoted and cited saint throughout all of Christendom to this day. Saint Monica is truly a Hero of our Faith.
Every year on August 26, Augustinians around the world honor seven Catholic saints for sacrificing their lives. These men, contemporaries of Saint Augustine himself, all stood up for their faith, all ending up being martyred for doing so. They are truly Heroes of Faith.
At what age should we talk with our children about their vocation? How can we build a culture of vocation in our own homes and schools? Listen to Father Tom McCarthy's interview on Relevant Radio here to find out!
Today, the Augustinians celebrate the Feast of Saint Clare of Montefalco, an Augustinian Hero of Faith who is also known as "Clare of the Cross." Why did she earn the reputation? What is her connection to the Augustinians?