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.
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!
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.
The story of a soul's journey to God is what we celebrate today in the feast of the Conversion of Saint Augustine. Or, perhaps, we might also say, the story of God's tireless pursuit of his beloved and the attentiveness and openness of that soul at last to God's love.
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.
"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 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.
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 mindand 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.
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.