Retreatants Attend Spring Vocation Discernment Weekend

Arriving on the evening of Friday, February 23rd, to the St. Augustine Monastery in San Diego, five retreatants discerned whether God was calling them to religious life as an Augustinian friar. The retreat was led by Br. Dominic Smith, OSA, as well as the members of the monastery community. The retreatants heard talks from various speakers on the different ministries of the province, our history and charism, and had the opportunity to ask questions and talk with the friars. The retreat concluded with Sunday Mass in the Monastery Chapel. The next vocation weekend will be held in the Fall of 2018, if you are interested, contact Fr. Tom Whelan, OSA.

Wake of Papal Visit Elicits Awe and Reflection

The Holy Father Pope Francis recently visited Chile and Peru on an apostolic visitation in January of 2018. The Augustinian communities of Peru played a major role in the preparations and planning of this important event. Br. Robert Baiocco, OSA is currently in Peru for his pastoral year of formation. He sent in the following reflection and update in the wake of the papal visit: "Queridos Hermanos…Saludos del Peru! I am happy and healthy and I pray the same is true for you! Most of you know that all of us here in Trujillo, and Peru in general, were blessed with the visit of Pope Francis in January. I would like to share with you some of the reasons why his visit to Trujillo will foreve

Church Marks World Day of Consecrated Life

From the Holy Father's homily today in St. Peter's Basilica: "Hence, it is all the more important for consecrated men and women to be one with Jesus, in their lives and in the midst of these great changes. Our mission – in accordance with each particular charism – reminds us that we are called to be a leaven in this dough. Perhaps there are better brands of flour, but the Lord has called us to be leaven here and now, with the challenges we face. Not on the defensive or motivated by fear, but with our hands on the plough, helping the wheat to grow, even though it has frequently been sown among weeds. Putting Jesus in the midst of his people means having a contemplative heart, one capable of d

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