Our Pilgrimage to Italy

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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Top 6 Blog Posts of 2016

Top 6 Blog Posts of 2016

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!


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Fr. Tom's "Festival of Forgiveness" at Villanova University

Fr. Tom's "Festival of Forgiveness" at Villanova University

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.


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Celebrating the Feast of St. Thomas of Villanova

Celebrating the Feast of St. Thomas of Villanova

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.


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Something Your Parents Don't Know about Becoming an Augustinian

Something Your Parents Don't Know about Becoming an Augustinian

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.


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