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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In June, 2016, Carlos Medina, O.S.A., was ordained to the priesthood! After his first six months as an ordained priests, we had a few questions for him. Read the blog post to see what he thinks about his first few months as a priest!
Like the Augustinian friars, Augustinian nuns also follow the Rule of Augustine, which is a set of guidelines Saint Augustine wrote to instruct members how they can best live in communities together. There is evidence as early as the year 423 A.D. that communities of nuns adopted and lived by Augustine's Rule.
Today, the seventh day of December, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saint Ambrose. What you might not know is that if we did not have Saint Ambrose, we would not have the Augustinian Order as we know it today!
In November 2016, our Vocations Director, Father Tom McCarthy, O.S.A., was interviewed on Relevant Radio's Morning Air program. In the interview, he discusses how he brought a "Festival of Forgiveness" to 1,000 students at Villanova University. The "festival" is a 24-hour period where students can come to church for holy adoration or the sacrament of Reconciliation.
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.