We would like to introduce you to Br. Dan Madden, OSA and Br. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA, two men from two coasts who came together in the Augustinian Formation House in Chicago.
When people say that the Augustinians are “active contemplatives,” it may sound like a bit of an oxymoron…
Augustinian life, in part, revolves around praying the Office. We are conscious of the importance St. Augustine placed on praying the Psalms, who believed that the Psalms are a history of the soul.
The vow of poverty I took in August 2017 has proven to be much more of a gift than a sacrifice and is certainly far different than the Hollywood imagine I had when my discernment first began.
In this video you will hear the testimonies of Br. Emmanuel and Br. Spencer and witness how their passion for serving God’s people brought them together from two very different backgrounds.
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!
How do Augustinians practice leadership within the Order? How are our Priors selected, and what is their role? Why do they serve limited terms?
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!
What will your daily life look like as you prepare to make solemn vows to the Augustinian Order? In this video you are taken inside the St. Augustine Friary in Chicago.
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.
We pray that the witness of religious Brothers in the Church may draw all persons to know, love,
and serve God in this world.
For all religious Brothers, especially those of our Province and Federation, whom God has sent
in the name of Jesus to serve others in love, that they will be blessed in their ministry and inspire
many more to consider a vocation to consecrated life…
We pray that, following the example of St. Joseph the Worker, religious Brothers will continue
humbly and faithfully to toil in the Lord’s vineyard, protecting and speaking out on behalf of the
marginalized in our world…
For all of us, whom the Risen Lord has called to his service in the spirit of St. Augustine and St.
Thomas of Villanova, that by prayer, study, and witness of our lives we may be empowered to
speak of God’s mercy and love in truth…
We pray the Lord Jesus will give us the strength and grace to help our neighbors in need and that
there will be a just and fair distribution of the earth’s goods founded on true brotherhood…
For those religious Brothers who have gone before us and who dedicated their lives to building
up God’s Kingdom of justice and peace, that they may enjoy their eternal reward and continue to
intercede for us…
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.
The Augustinians Friars have been thrilled that our very own Villanova University Wildcats are the 2018 NCAA Champions! What an incredible season it was, with such a definitive closing! One integral man to the team is Augustinian priest Fr. Rob Hagan, O.S.A., the team chaplain and spiritual director. Since 2004 Fr. Hagan has worked alongside Head Coach Jay Wright to mold and guide young men who were not only skilled, but disciplined--mentally, spiritually, and emotionally--on and off the court.
If one should inquire about the reason why we keep such a vigil, the answer is easy to find and give.