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!
The Augustinians are an Order of religious brothers: some are priests and others are lay brothers. But what's the difference? How does one know if they are called to the priesthood or not?
On Friday, July 29, 2016, our Vocations Director Father Tom McCarthy, O.S.A., was interviewed on Relevant Radio. He discussed his work on parish retreats and missions, his "Culture of Vocation," and the professions of 11 men joining the Augustinian Order. This audio and transcript used with permission from the Morning Air Program of Relevant Radio.
Eleven. That’s a number that the Augustinians haven’t seen in some time. Eleven novices, that is. We have 11 men that will be professing their first religious vows on July 31. This is a blessing, as the Augustinians have not had so many men to profess vows at the same time in decades. Read more about who they are and why this matters.
Did you know that the Augustinians have the largest rosary in the world? Learn more about Rosary Path and the blessing of the rosary's Great Crucifix in this blog post, written by Brother Paul Koscielniak, O.S.A.
A man interested in religious life within the Augustinian Order will meet with a vocation director, who establishes a relationship and meets with the man to listen and discuss his interest in religious life.