"Playing Mass” was a favorite childhood pastime for Br. Sam Joutras O.S.A. and his cousins. “When I was in second grade I remember us playing Mass together, with pretend hosts and homilies,” says Br. Sam. “I would put on a blanket as a chasuble, though I didn’t really know what I was doing.”
As Br. Dan Madden, OSA prepares bread for the Feast of St. Nicholas of Tolentine (September 10) he discusses his experience in the Augustinian Novitiate.
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.
On Saturday, January 13, the novitiate year closed for 13 men from various circumscriptions around South America who professed their initial vows to the Augustinian Order. The mass, presided by Fr. Patricio Villalba, O.S.A., Assistant General, was held at the Augustinian Novitiate House in Lima, Peru
Prior to joining the Augustinians as a pre-novice, Br. Robert Baiocco was a world traveler. He had lived, worked and studied across the U.S. and in such far-flung locales as Europe, Jamaica, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Morocco, the Philippines and India.
On the weekend of December 17, just as the Fall semester had come to a close at Catholic Theological Union, the Augustinians celebrated on two coasts two important milestones for our men in formation.
In 2017, the Augustinians of the Villanova Province opened the Diocesan Cause for the Beatification of Fr. Atkinson. In this video, those who knew Fr. Atkinson personally share their testimonies of the man they believe to be a saint.
Fr. Brian Barker, O.S.A., currently serving as Director of Augustinian Mission at Cascia Hall, has released his fifth album, titled On The Way. Written and recorded in collaboration with guitarist Fr. Benedykt Pzadan, the album takes its name from the words of St. Augustine’s Rule: "The main reason for your coming together is to be of one mind and one heart on the way to God.”
Who is my neighbor? Who is my brother? For the Augustinians our call to a charism of community demands that we reflect deeply on these questions. We are responsible to care not only for the brothers with whom we live in community, but also those in our surrounding cities, especially the ones who suffer from crime and poverty.
As part of the 9 steps of Augustinian Formation, friars spend one to two years out of their studies at the Catholic Theological Union on what is called the Pastoral Year of Service. In the article below, Br. Bryan Kerns, O.S.A. tells of his experience teaching at St. Augustine School in Andover, MA, where he received the unexpected assignment of teaching Math.
In this new video, Fr. Aldo offers a glimpse into his vocation journey, especially his experience of Discernment Weekend, also known as the Come and See Weekend
If you have not already done so, pick up a copy of this year's Vision magazine, an annual publication dedicated to discerning vocations in the religious life. In the "Priests" section you will find an in-depth article on Fr. Robert Hagan, O.S.A., the engaging chaplain who spiritually anchors the men's Villanova basketball program.
Br. Dominic Smith documented some of the ways he and his novitiate class challenged themselves and one another to grow spiritually, mentally, and physically, in this wonderful video
Fr. Richie Mercado, Chaplain of St. Rita H.S. and Midwest Vocations Director, reflects on the blessings he has received in his first year of priesthood.
In this video, you will hear a few stories of how men came to the Augustinians, from Novice Tom Abbot, age 23, to Fr. John Byrnes, retired friar and Minister of Presence.
Fr. Aldo, a native of the Philippines, will begin his priestly service at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in the Bronx, NY.
What leads a man to the Augustinians of all Orders?Watch a recap of our recent Mass of Profession, while hearing about the vocational journeys of a few of our novices.
This is another first for the Augustinian Order, and we want YOU to be a part of it. On August 5 our YouTube Channel will provide the first ever LIVE broadcast as seven Augustinians profess vows in San Diego. (1:30ET / 12:30 CT / 10:30 PT)