Fr. Mark Named New Associate Director of Vocations

In order to better respond to discerners making inquiries to our Province, Fr. Kevin Mullins, OSA appointed Fr. Mark Menegatti, OSA as Associate Director of Vocations this June. In the past year while based in Los Angeles, Fr. Mark has developed a ministry in which he celebrates Mass at local Catholic high schools and assists at vocation fairs. This led to discussions with Fr. Tom Whelan, OSA, about adding Fr. Mark to the vocation team of the province, who commented, "I am delighted to welcome the appointment of Fr. Mark as the associate vocation director to keep abreast of the opportunities to make the Order more visible to vocation prospects in the Southern California area and to help the

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Ordination Celebration!

The province on June 23rd, 2018 celebrated the ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Philip Yang, OSA, and the ordination to the diaconate of Rev. Br. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA by Most. Reverend Bishop Daniel Turley, OSA of Chulucanas, Peru. Click HERE to see the pictures of the ordination! The ordination was held at Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, Los Angeles, which also provided a wonderful luncheon reception after the celebration. Principal concelebrants were Very Rev. Kevin Mullins, OSA, Fr. Gary Sanders, OSA as formation director of the province, and Fr. Jim Mott, pastor of the parish. Many of the priests of the province concelebrated, as well as diocesan and religious priest friends of

Province Mourns Death of Fr. William Ryan, OSA

While the Province of St. Augustine in California was gathered for an annual retreat in Ojai, Fr. William Ryan, OSA passed away on the morning of June 19th, 2018. An obituary written by the Catholic Sentinel can be found here. An account on Fr. Bill's ministry in Oregon can be found here. Below reads his official Province Obituary: Rev. William A. Ryan, O.S.A. It is with sadness mixed with gratitude and joy that the Augustinian Province of St. Augustine in California announces the death of our brother, Rev. William (Bill) Ryan O.S.A. After several months of ill heath Fr. Bill died in the assisted living facility of At Home in Ojai, in Meiners Oak, California. He was a victim of esophageal

Br. Max Makes His Solemn Profession of Vows

On the evening of Monday, June 18th, 2018 in the St. Thomas of Villanova School Chapel in Ojai, CA, Br. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA made his Solemn Profession. Solemn Profession is a lifelong commitment and consecration to live the remainder of one's life as an Augustinian friar. Br. Max joined the Augustinians in the Fall of 2013 when he began his pre-novitiate at the Cole Street house in San Francisco, CA. During his years of formation, Br. Max completed a Masters in Divinity from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL as well as a year of supervised ministry at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, CA. The Order of St. Augustine has a tradition in which the parents of a Solemnly Prof

OSA Away!

The Province of St. Augustine in California will be away this week, 6/17-6/24, for days of retreat as well as the celebration of Solemn Vows for Br. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA, and the ordination of Br. Philip Yang, OSA to the Priesthood, and Br. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA to the Diaconate. Please keep us all in prayer!

Reflection: Pictures of God

A six year-old girl in art class sat quietly drawing. Her teacher looked on with curiosity. She bent over and asked, “What are you drawing”? "I am drawing a picture of God," the girl answered. “But nobody knows what God looks like,” the teacher said, and the girl replied, "They will in a MINUTE!" Every time I visit a patient in the hospital, I am shown a different face and "picture" of Jesus by the patients in each moment that I spent with them. I remember when I was visiting a 55 year-old Buddhist woman, who had a metastasized cancer, and who died within two weeks. She taught me a lesson in NEVER GIVING UP. She helped to paint for me an image of Jesus, as the one who never gave up no

Brothers Renew Their Vows

Friars in formation with our province renewed their vows during a Vespers service on Monday, June 4th at the St. Augustine Monastery Chapel. The renewal of vows is an important step in the continued discernment of a friar as he continues to pursue his vocational journey with the Order. In the service, six brothers renewed their vows: Br. Sarfraz Alam, OSA, Br. Adnan Ghani, OSA, Br. Mauricio Morales, OSA, Br. Arturo Renteria, OSA, Br. Dominic Smith, OSA, and Br. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA. The renewal of vows takes place between the First Profession of Vows and the Solemn Profession of Vows of a friar. The friar must petition the Prior Provincial and his Council and request to be admitted to re

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