A man interested in religious life within the Augustinian Order will meet with a vocation director, who establishes a relationship and meets with the man to listen and discuss his interest in religious life.
In 2016, the Augustinians of North America received first vows from 11 men. Many of them are now spending their pastoral year in active ministry, before they return back to Chicago in the Fall of next year and resume their graduate studies at the Catholic Theological Union. Two of these men, whom we would like you to meet today, were Br. Joe Roccasalva, O.S.A. and Br. Sam Joutras O.S.A..
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!
Fr. Ray Flores, O.S.A., heard the call to religious life after a decade of diocesan priesthood, and it echoed loudest in a place of very literal emptiness in his life: an empty house. In his 12 years of priesthood, Fr. Ray had lived alone for all but one year.
With gratitude for God's blessings, the Augustinians of North America received three more brothers into the Order this August. Fr. Ray Flores, O.S.A.; Br. Emmanuel Issac, O.S.A.; and Br. Spencer Thomas, O.S.A., made their first, "temporary," profession of vows to the Augustinians in a Saturday Mass on August 4, 2018 at St. Jude Parish, New Lenox, IL.
The difficulties the Church now faces, in the wake of the recent report on clerical abuse by the grand jury of Pennsylvania, present a unique crisis for those men who are in the midst of discerning a vocation. For this reason, we would like to share with you the following reflections on the current scandal, the past actions of the Church, and what is needed as we (clergy, religious, and laity) move forward together.
Los Agustinos tenemos el privilegio de presentar nuestro primer testimonio vocacional en español. En este vídeo se puede escuchar la voz del Hermano fray Elizandro, originario de República Dominicana, donde describe su llamado a la vida religiosa Agustiniana.
On June 15, 2018, our brother Bryan Kerns, O.S.A. was ordained to the priesthood in Saint Thomas of Villanova Church, by Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. Watch highlights from the day while also hearing of Fr. Bryan's vocational journey and formation!
We have good news to share with you from a very eventful June. Over the past few weeks the Augustinians of North America have had three Ordinations, a Solemn Profession of Vows, and two installations of Prior Provincials!
In my third year as a simply professed Augustinian friar, I exchanged the theology classrooms of my seminary for the meeting rooms of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. My workdays had me walking the halls past anxious ambassadors murmuring the language of joint resolution and their diplomatic staffs frantically exchanging emails.
The story of a soul's journey to God is what we celebrate today in the feast of the Conversion of Saint Augustine. Or, perhaps, we might also say, the story of God's tireless pursuit of his beloved and the attentiveness and openness of that soul at last to God's love.