PHOTO GALLERY: 2018 Profession of Vows

PHOTO GALLERY: 2018 Profession of Vows

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.


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Responses from Augustinian Leadership to the Clerical Abuse Reports

Responses from Augustinian Leadership to the Clerical Abuse Reports

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.


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My Augustinian Witness at the United Nations

My Augustinian Witness at the United Nations

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.


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Religious Brothers Day: May 1

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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…


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The Spiritual Backbone of Villanova Basketball

The Spiritual Backbone of Villanova Basketball

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.


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Confessions App Offers New Look at St. Augustine

Confessions App Offers New Look at St. Augustine

As stated in the Constitution of our Order, Augustinian friars should answer “the Church’s call to keep alive the spiritual and doctrinal legacy of Saint Augustine.” We do this in the classroom, in parishes, our writings, and daily lives. As mobile technology takes on a more central role in how people communicate and receive information, it also opens up a new means for our Order to spread the legacy St. Augustine.


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