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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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.
Its been a few weeks since Ash Wednesday now. How are you doing this Lent? Father Tom McCarthy, O.S.A., our Director of Augustinian Vocations just started his own YouTube channel. His first video is all about Lent. He says, "I used to hate Lent. I don't anymore. What about you?"
Three men made one more step closer to becoming ordained Augustinian Priests: Ordination to the Diaconate. This step is step 8 of 9 in our 9 Steps in the Augustinian Formation Process. Watch this brief video of their ordination here!
Did you know that the Augustinians have the largest rosary in the world? Learn more about Rosary Path and the blessing of the rosary's Great Crucifix in this blog post, written by Brother Paul Koscielniak, O.S.A.
As I look at the books of my little library, I thought that you, our friends, who are part of our ministry, might find some of them helpful as they have been to me in following Christ. These are some of my favorite books on prayer, Mary, and more.