St. Augustine High School released a special video in which friars and teachers prayerd the Corona of Our Lady of Consolation. This special devotion from the Augustinian tradition of the Corona, or "crown" of our Lady, is especially powerful today as we overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Easter Sunday, St. Patrick's Parish in North Park offered parishioners the opportunity to have the Risen Christ arrive at their homes.
Fr. Carlos invited the community watching parish Masses through live stream to submit their home addresses and phone numbers for a visit. Because of social distancing guidelines, the Blessed Sacrament would be brought to each home, and parishioners were encouraged to remain on their front porches or doorways and to not make their neighbors aware of the vehicle arriving lest crowds form.
The initiative was the brainchild of Fr. Carlos, and Fr. Max had the idea of renting a convertible car for the day to make Jesus more fully present and visible to the parioshioners of St. Patricks and the community of North and South Park in San Diego.
The Augustinians hold two vocation discernment retreats per year for men interested in learning more about our way of life.
This past weekend, four men were hosted from Friday through Sunday as they learned more about the Augustinian charism as well as our aposotolates and ministries.
Students in formation planned and organized the weekend, which included Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and a Holy Hour. Further, the discerners were brought to St. Patrick's Parish to learn about parish ministry from current pastor Fr. Carlos Medina, OSA, as well as a to hear a talk from Fr. Jim Retzner, OSA on his years as as hospital chaplain.
The group then went to a local restaurant for social time and many of the local San Diego friars joined in on the fun. After lunch, the discerners were taken on a tour of St. Augustine High School by Fr. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA where t...
The 11th Annual SAVI (Student Augustinian Values Institute) Gathering of Augustinian schools convened in Cascia Hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Each of the 10 member Augustinian schools in the US and Canada sent six sophomore student representatives to deepen their knowledge of St. Augustine and the Augustinian values, as well as to share what happens at their school and learn what is being done in others.
The weekend featured a variety of prayer forms as well as liturgical devotions and experiences. Speakers from the Cascia Hall community both faculty and alumni of previous SAVI classes, spoke to the group on the three core Augustinian values: Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas.
In their tour of Tula, SAVI XI participants visited “The Gathering Place” a newly opened private-public partnership park with various free attractions, as well as Tulsa’s famous Cain’s...
Some lay partners of the Augustinians are affiliated to the Order as a result of the recognition of their devotion and service to and on behalf of the Order. Affiliation is the highest honor that the Order is able to grant to others as it makes those who are affilated a member of the Order of St. Augustine.
Recently Augustinians Kirk Davis, Mike Bube, Mike McFadden, Fernando Lopez, Gary Rye and Jim Retzner; all having ministered in Ojai at either St. Tomas Aquinas Church or Villanova Prep were able to attend and give thanks to Mr. Joseph Silvestri. Mr. Silvestri and his wife Mary were celebrating his 90th birthday and the friars were able to join him to celebrate.
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."
On August 23rd, 2019, Ramon Riesgo and David Relstab, this year's novitiate class, received the white Augustinian habit to mark the beginning of their novitiate year. It is custom in many parts of the Augustinian world for novices to wear white.
The investiture is an important moment in the novitiate year, and other Augustinians came from around the Philadelphia area to support the new novices. The novitiate is a year long retreat experience in which the novices learn about Augustinian history, saints, the Constitutions, and most importantly Augustinian spirituality. This focus on prayer forms the foundation for an Augustinian friar as he moves into more active ministry at the conclusion of the novitiate.