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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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.
The Augustinians have been following in the footsteps of St. Augustine for centuries... but why him? Many men discerning religious life are often attracted to the story of St. Augustine. He was a man in constant pursuit of Truth. He was a man that had a difficult spiritual journey. He was a man of both heart and mind. Read his story here to learn more about the life and legacy of St. Augustine.
In less than one month, new Augustinian Novices will be professing their first vows. These "simple" or "temporary" vows are not only their first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, but they are also vows to the Augustinian Order. That is why we reflect on St. Augustine's writings in the Rule of Augustine and what first vows really means in religious orders.
But what's it like to actually be ordained? To receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders? A short video of two Augustinians being ordained to the priesthood.
Brother Richie Mercado, O.S.A., wrote this article in August, 2012, after professing his First Vows with the Augustinians. He is now preparing to profess his Solemn/Perpetual Vows with the Augustinians at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on August 27, 2015. But his vocation, like many, was a journey. Read about his discernment process here.
Jack is an Augustinian Novice that found his vocation online. How is her pursuing his vocation of faith and political science? Read his reflection here!
Fr. Jim Halstead, O.S.A., talks about his unique experiences in his life of ministry as an Augustinian. Fr. Halstead has spent many years in education, particularly at DePaul University in Chicago. Read his perspectives and reflections on his ministry in his article here.