As part of the 186th General Chapter of the Augustinian Order, voting took place earlier today for the office of the Prior General of the Order. The Chapter members reelected Alejandro Moral Antón, OSA as Prior General.
The Chapter sent out the following message:
"We offer our heartfelt gratitude to Alejandro for accepting this service to continue to guide the Augustinian Order in the next six years in the role of Prior General. We pray for our brother, Alejandro and ask God to bless, guide, inspire and protect him and all the members of the Order of Saint Augustine as the Ordinary General Chapter 2019 continues its work in discussions, deliberations and decisions."
One of the most important tasks of the first session of a provincial Chapter is to elect a new province council; with councilors and officers charged with certain duties to assist the prior provincial in governing the province. The newly elected councilors and officers were installed by the Vicar General of the Order, Fr. Joseph Farrell, OSA. The Province Council for the 2019-2022 term is:
1st Councilor: Fr. Carlos Medina, OSA (second from left)
2nd Councilor: Br. Barnaby Johns, OSA (first from left)
3rd Councilor: Fr. Kirk Davis, OSA (third from left)
4th Councilor and Province Secretary: Fr. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA (first from right)
Province Treasurer: Fr. Gregory Heidenblut, OSA (second from right)
Vicar Provincial: Fr. James Mott, OSA (third from right)
Prior Provincial: Fr. Gary Sanders, OSA (left of center)
The First Session of the 2019 Provincial Chapter was held from January 7th-9th, 2019 at St. Augustine High School in San Diego. The first session of a Chapter is tasked with certain important responsibilities: the transfer of authority from one prior provincial to the newly elected prior provincial, the election of province councilors and officers, and presentations and reports on the health and status of various aspects of the province and life in the province.
The Chapter began with Evening Prayer on January 7th, during which Fr. Kevin Mullins, OSA handed over the seal of the province, the symbol of the office of provincial, to Fr. Gary Sanders, OSA. Both friars gave remarks to the brothers, with Fr. Kevin thanking the brothers for being able to serve them as provincial and Fr. Gary thanking the brothers for their trust in him as he takes the reins of t...
After a counting of ballots from the province membership on the night of November 13th, 2018 Fr. Gary Sanders, OSA was found to have been elected as the next Prior Provincial of the Province of California for 2019-2022 term. Fr. Gary will take office on January 7th, 2019, succeeding Fr. Kevin Mullins, OSA who will continue to serve as Prior Provincial until then.
This will be Fr. Gary's third four-year term as Prior Provincial. In a message to the brothers after his election, Fr. Gary said, "As you have honored me with the privilege of being our province’s next provincial, I echo Jesus’ promise to be a leader-servant in your midst. I also thank you for your displayed trust and confidence in me. Please include our province and me in your prayers."
Fr. Alejandro Moral Anton, Prior General of the Augustinian Order, extended his best wishes to Fr. Gary an...
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 forever stand out in my heart and mind.
Before I arrived in September, coordinators and commissions had already begun planning the numerous details of the Po...
The recent fires which have devastated various parts of Southern California have especially hit hard in the Ojai valley. It is in Ojai where the Augustininians have servved for many decades at both St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and Villanova Prep school. Br. Michael Bube, OSA provided this update on how the friars were serving amidst the disaster, "I am with the kids at the hotel [Villanova Prep is a boarding school with international students]... Fr. Fernando decided to stay at the parish because many of the Hispanic parishioners are spending the night in the parish parking lot. Fr. Bill Ryan is staying as well... There is a fire on the hillside in Matilija that can be seen from the church. The high school next door to the church is still being used as an evacuation center so they are probably safe from evacuation."