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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What a year! This year, the Augustinians have had more men going through the formation process than we've had in decades! We've ordained three men to the priesthood and welcomed our largest class of novices! We know a lot of you are still discerning your own vocation and how God wants you to be of service to His Church and His People. We hope that reviewing these most read blog posts from 2016 will help! Check them out!
We seldom consider how our daily posture communicates to God. In the Rite of Ordination a candidate for priesthood, a bishop, and the congregation go through a series of gestures and postures that were chosen very early on in Church history. What are these movements? What significance do they carry?
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!