On December 15, 2018 Br. Jack made his solemn, lifelong profession of vows to the Order of St. Augustine. Hear Br. Jack himself explain what solemn profession means to him and how he found a home with the Augustinians.
In one weekend, on two separate coasts, the Augustinians of North America ordained a priest and a deacon and received the solemn profession of vows of a religious brother. We are delighted to share with you some of our favorite photos of the ceremonies.
On Saturday, December 15, the California Province celebrated the ordination of Fr. Maxime Villeneuve, O.S.A. to the priesthood and Dcn. Nicholas Porter, O.S.A. to the diaconate. The two were ordained by Most Rev. Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
On December 16, 2018, Br. Jack Tierney, O.S.A. professed his Solemn Vows to Very Rev. Anthony Pizzo, O.S.A., Prior of the Midwest Augustinian Province, at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Br. Jack, native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, first found the Augustinians through the online service Vocation Match.
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..
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.