Joe Siegal

Age: 42
Stage in Formation: Novice
Hometown: Urbana, Illinois
College: Purdue and Eastern Illinois Universities

What drew you to the Augustinians? The Augustinian balance of contemplation and ministry as lived out in community.

 Favorite saint: My favorite saint tends to change as the Spirit leads me in different directions.  I do have a constant devotion to both Sts. Ambrose and Rita, but my saint du jour is Edith Stein whose quest to realize how the Divine inserts itself into the secular is compelling.  This idea is summarized somewhat when she writes, “it has always been far from me to think that God’s mercy allows itself to be circumscribed by the visible church’s boundaries. God is truth. All who seek truth seek God, whether this is clear to them or not.”

Favorite Aspect of Augustinian Life? Morning Prayer. Coming together at the start of everyday with one prayerful voice, interconnected with the men one lives with in a closeness upheld by Christ, is a beautiful and firm foundation on which to build a day’s labors.

Favorite Book: In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen

Favorite Pastime: Comic books. Favorite Pastime radically affected by the common life? Comic books.

Favorite St. Augustine Quote:

…through the things you admire, you should come to love Him whom you do not see.”
— St. Augustine [Expositions on the Psalms 80,14]

Patrick Murphy

Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel, 5401 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL, 60615, United States

Patrick Murphy has been working with the Augustinians in fundraising and communications since 2010. He began working with the Augustinian Vocations office in 2015. He also holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.