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.
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.
What led a young man, just out of college, to make the leap to join a religious community that had not witnessed the solemn profession of a younger vocation in over a generation? Why the Augustinians of all Orders?
On January 7, 2017, the Feast of the Holy Epiphany, the Most Reverend Daniel Turley traveled from sunny Peru to freezing Chicago to ordain Deacon Stephen Isley, O.S.A., and Deacon Aldo Potencio, O.S.A.
Of the stories related by Saint Augustine, the one with the most continual resonance has been a short passage from Book 2, where he describes once stealing from a pear tree as a teenager. Seems simple enough—a youthful indiscretion. Why so powerful?
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!
We seldom consider how our daily posture communicates to God. In the Rite of Ordination a candidate for priesthood, a bishop, and the congregation go through a series of gestures and postures that were chosen very early on in Church history. What are these movements? What significance do they carry?
In June, 2016, Carlos Medina, O.S.A., was ordained to the priesthood! After his first six months as an ordained priests, we had a few questions for him. Read the blog post to see what he thinks about his first few months as a priest!
Like the Augustinian friars, Augustinian nuns also follow the Rule of Augustine, which is a set of guidelines Saint Augustine wrote to instruct members how they can best live in communities together. There is evidence as early as the year 423 A.D. that communities of nuns adopted and lived by Augustine's Rule.
Today, the seventh day of December, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saint Ambrose. What you might not know is that if we did not have Saint Ambrose, we would not have the Augustinian Order as we know it today!
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.
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.
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.
On August 28, the Feast of Saint Augustine, Brother Stephen Isley and Joe Ruiz made a lifetime commitment to ministry in the Augustinian Order. We are overjoyed that they have found their vocation and the life that God has called them to lead! Please enjoy this short video of their solemn professions here!
This summer, Joseph Aloysius Murray, O.S.A., entered the Augustinian priesthood! His ordination took place on the historic campus of Villanova University, where the Augustinians have served since the 1800s. Watch this video from his ordination here!
Monica has an incredibly unique and special place in the hearts and minds of the Augustinians. In fact, the greater Catholic Church recognizes her as being the Patron Saint of Mothers. Little did Monica ever know that her son, Augustine of Hippo, would eventually become the most quoted and cited saint throughout all of Christendom to this day. Saint Monica is truly a Hero of our Faith.
Every year on August 26, Augustinians around the world honor seven Catholic saints for sacrificing their lives. These men, contemporaries of Saint Augustine himself, all stood up for their faith, all ending up being martyred for doing so. They are truly Heroes of Faith.
At what age should we talk with our children about their vocation? How can we build a culture of vocation in our own homes and schools? Listen to Father Tom McCarthy's interview on Relevant Radio here to find out!
Today, the Augustinians celebrate the Feast of Saint Clare of Montefalco, an Augustinian Hero of Faith who is also known as "Clare of the Cross." Why did she earn the reputation? What is her connection to the Augustinians?
Got big plans for this upcoming Sunday, August 28? Well, the Augustinians - and the greater Catholic Church - will be celebrating the Feast of Saint Augustine that day. And stay tuned because we'll be sending out an email to celebrate his feast day, too! But August 28 will mean so much more for two men specifically: Brothers Stephen Isley, O.S.A.; and Joe Ruiz, O.S.A. Why? This is the day that both men will profess their solemn vows as Augustinians!
This past year, 11 novices had prepared for one year to profess their vows as Augustinians. While many professed these vows a few weeks ago, one young man - Atsushi Kuwahara - waited to profess his religious vows in his homeland of Japan ...
On July 31, 2016, the Augustinians welcomed ten new friars into the Order (one more joins this August in his home of Japan). This was a significant milestone in their discernment and religious formation. This step - their profession of simple vows - is step 5 in our 9 steps of the Augustinian Formation Process. We are overjoyed that these men have decided to take this next step in their spiritual journey. Please enjoy the photo gallery below of their profession ceremony!
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.
This August, our blog is focusing on the lives of six significant Augustinian Heroes of Faith. Our first commemorates a young man that made such an impact on our Order that the Pope beatified him! He was only 17 years old!
The month of August is a special time for Augustinians and for the people we serve. On the 27th of August, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine. And on the 28th, the Augustinian family, in unity with the whole Church, celebrates the solemnity of our holy father Saint Augustine. Let's take the opportunity this month to explore some Augustinian Heroes of our Faith!
What an experience! We are coming back from participating in the twelfth international Augustinian Youth Encounter in Eastern Europe. We're returning with a rejuvenated spirit and better understanding of our faith. Read about where we went and what we did here!
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.