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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Eleven. That’s a number that the Augustinians haven’t seen in some time. Eleven novices, that is. We have 11 men that will be professing their first religious vows on July 31. This is a blessing, as the Augustinians have not had so many men to profess vows at the same time in decades. Read more about who they are and why this matters.
This summer, three men entered a new closeness with God. They received the Sacrament of Holy Orders: Ordination to the Priesthood. The first was Father Richie Mercado, O.S.A., who was ordained by Bishop Robert F. Prevost, O.S.A., on June 10 at Saint Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago. Please take a few moments to enjoy the 2½-minute video capturing the ordination Mass - and share with others!
One aspect of discerning your vocation as a potential Augustinian is to see the men whose footsteps you would follow. The Augustinians have been following the footsteps of our Holy Father, Saint Augustine of Hippo, for centuries. And from generation to generation, we learn more about our charism by learning more about our fellow Augustinians with whom we live in community. One friar was Father Jack Denny, O.S.A., who entered eternal life on June 20, 2016.
Even 700 years after his death, the Augustinians continue to pray for intercession to Blessed James of Viterbo. He was a renowned theologian of his time, but was also known for his public dispute with the worldwide leader of the Augustinian Order!
The men that are preparing to become solemnly professed Augustinians and Augustinian priests are often referred to as Men of Heart. This is largely because throughout our formation process, we form both the mind and the heart. We do this not only through studying the works of Augustine, theology, and prayer, but we live together in community throughout the process. This enriches our perspective as brothers living in community, united in one mind and one heart on the way to God!
From May 13-21, the Augustinians honor Saint Rita of Cascia with a Solemn Novena, and celebrate her Feast Day on May 22. This annual tradition dates back to the early 1900s. We invite you to join us in either Chicago or Philadelphia to join in this celebration!
Why do the Augustinians remember the life of a simple woman who lived over 550 years ago? She could hardly read or write. She didn’t give any great sermons. She didn’t write any great books. But we remember this Saint of the Impossible because she teaches us how to love Jesus. Jesus and the Eucharist sustained St. Rita of Cascia, and we hope that Jesus and the Eucharist sustain you.
The Augustinians are ecstatic that our very own Villanova University Wildcats are the 2016 NCAA Champions! One integral man to the team is Augustinian priest Fr. Rob Hagan, O.S.A. Read about his vocation here.
The season before Easter signifies the troubles in which we live while the time after Easter which we are celebrating at present signifies that happiness that'll be ours in the future. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life. What we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess. This is why we keep the first season with fasting and prayer but now the fast is over! And we devote the present season to Praise! Such is the meaning of the Alleluia we sing!
I love Saint Joseph: his faithfulness to God, his faithfulness to Mary, his faithfulness to Jesus.