Earlier this month, the Augustinian friars preparing for their solemn vows went on the tradition pellegrinaggio, or pilgrimage, to Italy. Led by the Post-Noviate Director, Fr. Joe Mostardi, OSA, visited and learned about those locations most crucial in the life of St. Augustine, and in the life of the Augustinian Order. Availing of the hospitality of local Augustinian friaries and monasteries, our North American friars were also able to develop a greater sense of the international character of the Order.
Their stops included San Gimignano, Pavia (the site of St. Augustine’s tomb), Montefalco (the site of St. Clare), Cascia (the site of St. Rita), Tolentino (site of St. Nicholas). Finally the pilgrimage ended in Rome, where the friars visited the tomb of St. Monica, the Vatican, the Shrine of Our Mother of Good Counsel, and Ostia Antica, the major port where Augustine both arrived and departed from after his conversion.
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On Saturday, June 17, Augustinian Fr. Stephen Isley was ordained to the priesthood at St. Rita Shrine Chapel, Chicago.
As stated in the Constitution of the Augustinian Order, friars should answer “the Church’s call to keep alive the spiritual and doctrinal legacy of Saint Augustine.”
When in college, and discerning his vocation, Br. Joe Roccasalva received from his father a business card of the Augustinian Vocations Director along with a suggestion to call him. “I held onto that card for two years before I finally called that number,” recalled Br. Joe.
John Futoshi Matsuo, O.S.A., of the Vicariate of the Augustinian Martyrs of Japan was ordained to the priesthood on April 22, 2017 by Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, Archbishop of Nagasaki.
In this video, you are offered a valuable glimpse into the life of one Augustinian: Brother Barnaby Johns, OSA. Please watch as Br. Barnaby tells you about his life at St. Augustine High School, in San Diego.
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.
While other students spend only minutes in the dining hall to eat a quick meal, Augustinians value the community built by conversing with their brothers at the dinner table.
What led a young man, just out of college, to make the leap to join a religious community that had not witnessed the solemn profession of a younger vocation in over a generation? Why the Augustinians of all Orders?
On January 7, 2017, the Feast of the Holy Epiphany, the Most Reverend Daniel Turley traveled from sunny Peru to freezing Chicago to ordain Deacon Stephen Isley, O.S.A., and Deacon Aldo Potencio, O.S.A.
Of the stories related by Saint Augustine, the one with the most continual resonance has been a short passage from Book 2, where he describes once stealing from a pear tree as a teenager. Seems simple enough—a youthful indiscretion. Why so powerful?
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.