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)
Cost: $500.00 o 450 Euro
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
Registration, Materials, Congress expenses
Registration information will be available October 15, 2016
A meeting of the members of the Youth Commission was held on 5th and 6th October 2016 in Colegio Mayor San Agustín, Madrid. The Commission made an evaluation of the Augustinian Youth Encounter celebrated from 19th to 25th July 2016 in the monastery of Saint Dobrotiva in Zajecov in Czech Republic.
The remarks on the event were very satisfactory as the Encounter was considered to be a success. The next Augustinian Youth Encounter to be hosted in Panama was discussed.
The Commission also planned for the pilgrimage of “Camino de Santiago” which is slated for 3rd to 13th August 2017.
The Commission will hold another meeting on 17th October 2017.
The Augustinian Youth Encounter was successfully concluded with a Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Prior General, Most Rev. Fr. Alejandro Moral Ánton. During the Mass four novices made the Simple Profession of Religious Vows and were affiliated to the Province of Belgium in the presence of about forty Augustinians and over 400 young people in the Church of Our Lady of Assumption of the Abbey of Brno.
Some of the highlights of the Youth gathering was the Via Crucis held on Friday evening when we visited Prague city. (We arrived and were warmly received by the friars and the members of the worshiping parish community of St. Thomas. The Eucharist was celebrated with the Prior as the Chief celebrant.
An unforgettable event was the pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Svatá Hora dedicated to the Blessed Mother of Perpetual Help. All the young people took part in the 36 kilometres walk to and from the Sanctuary as a journey with the Lord. It was a journey within and without, a spiritual exercise born of a restless search for God who lives among us to satisfy our inner quest.
The Sunday Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the Archbishop emeritus of Prague His Eminence Vlk Cardinal Miloslav. A Eucharistic Adoration was later held in the afternoon as a preparation for Sacrament of Confessions.
The last night was dedicated to the "Manifest of Nations", a sort of resolution for a commitment to be proactive in the witness to serve Christ in the brothers and sisters in need.
The next Augustinian Youth Encounter will be in 2019 to be hosted in Panama. Our gratitude extends to all Augustinian friars world-wide especially the Prior General and Council, members of the Order's Commission on Youth Ministry, the speakers, the Priors and friars of Prague and Brno communities, members of the local organising committee, the volunteers, all the Augustinian Youth, their parents, friends, well wishers, etc.
The Augustinian Youth Encounter has begun on 19th July 2016 in one of the Order's oldest Monastery of Svatá Dobrotivá, Zaječov in Czech Republic. The event started at 9.30pm with presentation of the various groups from different countries, the unveiling of the Encounter's anthem. This was followed immediately by prayers, lightening of candles and procession through the Holy Door of Church. The ceremony continued with the reading of a short Gospel text and reflection offered by Fr. Juan Provecho. A moment of assembling the various parts of the Encounter's Logo which were previously distributed to some of the various circumscriptions of the Order around the world many months back. Each of the participants walked up close to the side of the altar where the assembled Logo was kept and deposited his/her lighted candles in front before leaving the Church for the night.
In the successive days talks on "Restlessness of spiritual search" and "Friendship in St. Augustine" were held. There were workshops on various issues ranging from religious, immigration, social justice, employment, sports, etc.
From Monday, September 5 to Friday, September 9th, 2016, the Augustinians of Latin America participated in a Continental Meeting of Justice and Peace in San Salvador, El Salvador. The theme of this meeting is: "Migration and Violence".
The intention of this encounter is to encourage the Justice and Peace promotors of each Circumscription to create an awareness of the urgent need for personal and communal commitment to the issues of Justice and Peace along with the theme of Integrity of Creation. In a special way at this time there will be a focus on Migration and Violence.
The meeting is being developed with great expectations, there will be high level conferences thanks to the experience of the presenters. Various circumscriptions will be participating, such as Michoacan, Chile, Colombia, Brasil, Argentina-Uruguay, Consolacion, Chulucanas, Antillas, and Central America. Participants will include, Fr. Patricio Villalba (Assistant General for Latin America), Fr. Robert Dueweke (Representative of the Order to the UN) and Fr. Edinson Farfan (Secretary General of OALA).
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.
We express our congratulations to:
We pray for: