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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Deepen your Augustinian spirituality through fun activities with young adults from all parts of the world. Make new international Augustinian friends. The Augustinians invite you to explore Krakow, Auschwitz, Wielczka Salta Mine, Vienna, Prague, Svata Hora, and Gregor Mendel's Abbey at part of the 12th International Augustinian Youth Encounter from July 12-26, 2016.
In many of Augustine's sermons, he will say that we are all necessary for each other's salvation - that we're really all called to bring out the best in each other. That's in every aspect of life: religious life, marriage, friendship, single life. It's all about being followers of Jesus. It's not about going at it alone. But going at it together, in various ways, but meeting each other along the way and bringing out the best and bringing each other closer to Christ.
Not too long ago, Brother Richie Mercado, O.S.A., made a lifelong commitment: his solemn (perpetual) vows to the Augustinian Order. He is still months away from his ordination to the priesthood, but this profession solidifies his commitment to the Augustinian Order. He offered this speech before his profession, at the Augustinians' Celebration of Consecrated Life in Chicago.
Brother Richie recently made a huge commitment. A life-changing commitment: he professed his solemn vows in the Augustinian Order. Its one of the final steps before he can become an ordained Augustinian priest. Read more about what this commitment means to Brother Richie here.
In this Year of Consecrated Life, Brother Jack Hibbard, O.S.A., reflects on his past 31 years of ministry in the Augustinian Brotherhood. He offered the reflection below on the Feasts of St. Augustine and St. Monica Celebration (August 27, 2015) at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
Fr. Joe Farrell, OSA currently is the Vicar General of the worldwide Augustinian Order. In this role, he travels to the many different places the Augustinians serve across the world. He reflects on the unique charisms of Augustinian Spirituality he has witnessed as a result of his past 28 years in the Augustinian Order.
When we receive a gift, we can do one of many things. We can use it. We can toss it under the bed and never use it. We can look for the gift receipt and return it. We can re-gift it. Fr. Tom recently reflected on his life as an Augustinian and the many gifts he's received throughout his journey. Read about his gifts here.
On August 1, 2015, the Augustinian Order welcomed four men into the Order as they professed their first vows at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Below is the fully homily from the Very Rev. Michael DiGregorio, OSA, the Augustinian Provincial of the East Coast Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. Not only does his homily discuss how people are still looking for Jesus and how the Augustinians grow in love, but he also even explains how the Augustinians are not even "special!" Read on for more.
One reasons many men decide to join religious life with the Augustinians is become of our ministry in schools. The Augustinians serve in many secondary schools and universities in the United States and Canada. One school is Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. Fr. Jim Wenzel, OSA, recently retired from the school after 15 years of serving at Merrimack, his alma mater. Read more here about what kind of difference he's made in the school, as well as what a ministry in teaching has meant to him.
Brother Joe Ruiz, OSA professed his first vows as an Augustinian in 2013. He's still in formation to become a solemnly professed Augustinian Brother and is currently serving at St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago. Brother Joe shares his discernment process of prayer and reading St. Augustine's Confessions in this blog post.