The love of knowledge and truth should invite us to continue learning. The love of others should compel us to teach. (Answers to the Eight Questions of Dulcitius III,6)
July 24-28, 2017
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, Pennsylvania (USA)
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Includes: Accommodations (single accommodation in 2 bedroom or 4 bedroom apartments)
5 nights (July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2017)
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transportation to visit Philadelphia during the Congress
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Registration information will be available December 15, 2016
The Prior General, Fr. Alejandro Moral Antón, during the extraordinary assembly of OALA (in Recanto, Tagaste, Brazil), presided at the Eucharist in which the start of the second phase of the Communion and Service Project was made.
This project, in which all of our Latin American groups are involved, has as its general objective that of animating the circumscriptions in a new communitarian dynamism of personal and communitarian conversion. This is so that, springing from our sources and from our spiritual tradition, we can offer to the world and to the Church that we serve the strength of our Augustinian charism, a testimony of community holiness.
In this second phase, the circumscriptions are being urged to look once again at the community life of each community and the service that they are fostering in the local Church and to discern if this service corresponds with our charism – ideals – and with the signs of the times (that is the Church where it finds itself today). This is to be done so that a communitarian plan of life and of pastoral action can be elaborated according to Augustinian criteria.
Fr. Giuseppe Caruso, OSA was named President of the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum. Fr. Giuseppe was born in Palermo, Sicily, 30 April 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood 5 April 1997. Fr. Caruso has his doctorate in Ancient Letters from the Università degli Studi of Rome and his doctorate in Theology and Patristic Sciences from the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum. He is a member of AIEP (International Association of Patristic Studies) and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Latinity. He is a professor at our Patristic Institute and at other university centers in Rome.
Fr. Juan Antonio Cabrera Montero was named Vice President of the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum. Fr. Juan Antonio has studied Library Science and Documentation at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and Theology and Patristic Sciences at the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum. He was the librarian of the Institute from 2005 to 2016 and professor at the Institute since 2009.
Lastly, Fr. Kolawole Chabi, OSA was named as the new Librarian of the Institute. He completed his studies at the Patristic Institute, obtaining his License in Patristic Studies.
To each of them we offer our best wishes for a happy and fruitful work for the benefit of the students, the Order and the Church.
During the Chapter of the Province of San Miguel Arcángel of Ecuador, Father Wilson José Posligua Bran, OSA was elected as the new Provincial Superior.
Father Posligua was born in the province of Guayas in October of 1980, and made is solemn profession as an Augustinian in January of 2006. In his academic formation, he has earned two licences: one in Spiritual Theology from the Catholic University of Bolivia and the other in Education from the Technical University of Loja, in Ecuador.
In his religious and ministerial life he has served in various roles: Parish priest in Santa Rita of Cascia Parish in Conocoto, Secretary and Counselor of the province, prior of the convents of Santa Rita in Conocoto and San Agustín in Quito, chaplain of education centers and the monastry of the Augustinian sisters in Quito, and since last year, he has served as vicar for religious life for the Archciocese of Quito.
To Father Posligua and to those who will govern and animate the province with him, we offer our sincere good wishes and congratulations in this new ministry.
On the Solemnity of our Holy Father St. Augustine, the Delegation of St. Rita, Kenya, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the presence of the Order in this part of Africa. In a beautiful and lively ceremony presided over by the bishop of Ishiara, Most Rev. Paul Karioki, the brothers in communion with the Augustinian contemplative nuns, the 'misioneras' sisters, some other religious and many lay faithful from the four Augustinian parishes expressed their thanksgiving to God for the gift of faith and abundant blessings over the years.
In the nineties, some Irish and Nigerian friars responded generously to the invitation to take up the mission in Kenya; they committed themselves to the spread of the gospel, the service of love among the people, the growth and expansion of the Order in the Church in Kenya.
The Prior General, in his message, read by Fr. Edward Daleng, thanked the Irish Province for their missionary zeal, sacrifice and continuous support to the Kenyan delegation. He encouraged the members of the young Kenyan circumscription to embrace the future with hope, to rise up to the challenges before them and to be faithful in articulating the Augustinian spirit by interpreting the 25 year heritage in a more coherent and realistic way. He says: "I invite you to continue to work to embody the Augustinian charism consistently, both in community life and in the experience of interiority, as well as in the mission in communion with the brothers together as one. In this way, you can continue to announce in the most effective way the Kingdom of God that has become a reality in Jesus Christ."
Six brothers (four Kenyans: Nichodemus Rono, Stephen Nyamwaya, Cyril Mulupi and Matthew Ngimbi and two Congolese: Jacques Bangbasa and Nicolas Takis) made the Solemn Profession of Religious Vows. This brings the number of the indigenous Solemnly Professed Kenyan Augustinians to 25 in 25 years, 7 Simply Professed and 14 postulants. The celebration was a unique occasion of grace as all the other members of the Delegation present renewed their Vows. So also did the Augustinian contemplative nuns and the 'misionera' sisters who attended the occasion.
The Delegation has five communities in Ishiara, South Lands and Baba Dogo-Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret where brothers work principally in the pastoral and formation apostolates.
Historically, the Portuguese Augustinians started a missionary venture in the coast of Mombasa toward the end of the 16th century. However, this lasted less than four decades as they were martyred alongside many Christ's followers in the successive century.
The Province of Cebu through the 450 Kaplag Executive Committee celebrated the closing activities of the 450th anniversaries of the rediscovery (kaplag) of the image of the Child Jesus in Cebu and the presence of the Augustinian Order in the Philippines and the 50th year of the Santo Niño Church as a minor basilica. These events were held from April 17 to 30, 2016.
The triduum masses, on April 25-28, at the Santo Niño Pilgrim Center every 5:30pm were presided by Bishop Emilio Bataclan, emeritus auxiliary bishop of Cebu (April 25), Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, chair of the CBCP-Permanent Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (April 26), and Bishop Julito Cortes, bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete (April 27).
On the feast day, April 28, Fr. Alejandro Moral, O.S.A., Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine, Rome, Italy, celebrated the Mass and delivered his homily. Augustinian priests from the different parts of the country, Diocesan clergy from the Archdiocese of Cebu and other religious priests concelebrated in the triduum masses and the Kaplag Fiesta Mass.
The Philippine festivals in honor of Santo Niño de Cebu highlighted the celebrations after the 5:30 pm feast day mass on April 28.
Also, the unveiling of the commemorative marker and the time capsule was done on April 28, 10am, at the Basilica del Santo Niño de Cebu grounds. The time capsule is suggested to be opened on the year 2065 during the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Kaplag and the Augustinian Presence in the Philippines, and the 100th Anniversary of the Santo Niño Church as Basilica Minore.
In celebration of the Chicago Province's 75th Anniversary, the friars held a special Diamond Jubilee Remembrance for the late Father Theodore E. Tack, O.S.A. Father Tack, who served as our Prior General from 1971 to 1983, was the first Prior General affiliated to the Chicago Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel.
This tribute video debuted at the Province's fourth annual Augustinian Gala on April 22, 2016, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The video was generously sponsored by the Susan & G.T. Bynum Family.
We express our congratulations to:
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