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 concert hall which is well known for launching “Tulsa Swing”. Lastly, the group went to John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park- the site of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 in which a black neighborhood was burned to the ground by white antagonists.
The SAVI conference is designed to build up leadership skills in students and encourage them to become authentic Augustinian leaders in their respective schools.