Lord, those who are bowed down with burdens you lift up, and they do not fall because you are their support.
(Confessions 11,31)

Saint Augustine

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From the Order

On Friday, November 20, 2015 after some weeks of serious decline in health, Fr. Michael Wernicke OSA passed away in our Monastery St. Augustine in Würburg, Germany. All who knew Fr. Michael acknowledge his gentle character and his profound knowledge of the history of the Order. For many of us he is remembered as a good brother and friend. He was a student of St. Monica, Rome, who, after initial studies, pursued a PhD in Church History at the University of Bonn. Fr. Michael served the Province of Germany in various roles. In 1977 he was elected Assistant General during the second term of Prior General, Fr. Theodore Tack. Six years later he served a second time as Vicar General under Prior General Martin Nolan. All of us who knew him will remember his special style of presenting the history of the Order. He always knew a little anecdote or some small story about the ordinary human lives of any historical situation he was discussing, which made his presentations very colorful. It was a pleasure to follow him!

Let us pray for our brother Michael and ask him to pray for us.

Present on the congress in Cebu, Philippines, are 58 participants from every Continent. The participants also include Augustinian Recollects, Augustinians of the Assumption, Augustinian Sisters of La Consolacion, Augustinian Sisters of Divine Mercy, Agostinas Misioneras, and Oblates of the Recollects and of the Assumption. This conference is being held in association with a meeting of 600 Augustinian youth from Asia. The work of the conference will be reproduced in written form in the middle of next year.

On 9-11 November 2015, 6 newly elected major superiors of the Order met in Rome with the Prior General and the General Council of the Order. The 6 major superiors are: Ki-Hoon Salesio Lee, the Superior of the Delegation of Korea; Shiju Varghese Kallarakkal, the Superior of the Delegation of India; Kevin Mullins, the Provincial of the Province of California; Antonio Lazan Pun Lay, the Superior of the Vicariate of Iquitos, Peru; Jose Guillermo Medina, the Superior of the Vicariate of Argentina-Uruguay; Pedro Casiño Acevedo, the Superior of the Vicariate of the Orient, Philippines.

These meetings provide all the friars with the opportunity to share information, concerns, challenges, as well as the many good works that are being accomplished in these circumscriptions. As Alejandro Moral Antón, the Prior General, shared with the group, all of those in the Order who are called to the ministry of leadership are called primarily to a ministry of service and to a ministry of building up community life, fraternity and enthusiasm for service to the Church and to the World. As all of the members of the Order face the challenges that they meet in their own local circumscriptions, they also can celebrate the many good works being accomplished around the world by our brothers and sisters.

From the Circumscriptions

On 30-31 October at the Royal College University, Maria Cristina, at the Escorial in Spain our Spanish friars celebrated an Assembly, which inaugurated the Federation of the Augustinian Provinces of Spain. Fr. Luis Marin de San Martin, the Assistant General for Southern Europe, presided at the meeting. The Federation has as its goal the renewal of Augustinian religious life in Spain and the creation of one single province in the near future. Currently, there are four provinces in Spain.

The Assembly, which consisted of representatives from the four provinces, elected Fr. Domingo Amigo Gonzalez as President of the Federation and made some minor revisions to the Statutes, along with setting up the criteria for restructuring the presence of the Order and setting up the program for renewal. The Council of the Federation, which will work with the President, has as its members the four current provincials. The assembly also elected as the Federation secretary, Fr. Carlos Alonso Garcia and as the Federation treasurer, Fr. Victor Fernandez Santos.

The General Assembly of the Augustinian Delegation of Kenya has taken place from the 21st to 23rd October 2015. The Assembly commenced with the Holy Eucharist presided over by the Assistant General, Fr. Edward Daleng who represented the Prior General. In his homily, the Assistant General called on all the brothers of the Delegation to live according to the example and teaching of our Holy Father St. Augustine in the continuous search for God through communion for the service of the Church. Self- interest, ambition, cliques and ethnic grouping should be desisted from in order to support the new Delegate Superior and work together for the growth of the Order in Kenya.

At the opening session of the Assembly, the message of the Prior General was read to the hearing of all. In his message, the Prior General appealed to the brothers to rise up to the challenges of leadership and followership now that a Kenyan, Fr. Robert Karanja Ireri, is appointed the Delegate Superior. He thanked the Irish Augustinian Province for their generosity and missionary spirit in setting up an Augustinian presence in this part of Africa. Thus, he reiterated that brothers should live in greater unity in the community: TO LIVE FRATERNITY IN CHARITY. In addition, the Assistant General tasked brothers to promote interiority, reconciliation and accountability as essentials to living genuine community life.

The outgoing Delegate Superior Fr. David FitzGerald handed over the Seal of office as his mandate expired. Subsequently, the Seal was given to the new Delegate Superior Fr. Robert Karanja Ireri. In his speech, the new Delegate Superior thanked the Prior General and his Council for the trust placed on him as the Delegate Superior. He solicits the cooperation of all the brothers of the Delegation; he promises to serve with commitment and to foster unity among brothers for the growth of the Delegation. The Delegation Council, besides the Delegate Superior, is now composed of Councilors: Frs. Augustine Jumah and Joseph Oduor; secretary: Peter Emoit Imatari; and bursar: Julius Ambrose.

In Santiago, Chile, from 21 to 25 September of 2015, the friars of the Province of Chile celebrated their Ordinary Provincial Chapter in the Convento Nuestra Señora de Gracia. At the opening ceremony of the Chapter, the document from the Prior General, Fr. Alejandro Moral Antón, appointing Fr. Patricio Villalba, the Assistant General for Latin America, as the President of the Chapter was read. After having read the names of those who were to take part in the Chapter, the members proceeded to the election of the various officials of the Chapter.

During the opening celebration of the Eucharist, presided over by Fr. Patricio Villalba, the re- election of Fr. Enrique Catalan as Prior Provincial was confirmed. Then, in the following session, the Counselors of the Province as well as the Provincial Secretary and Provincial Treasurer were elected. After the elections, the work of the Chapter continued with the work of reading and voting on the chapters and articles of the new Statutes of the Province. Then these chapters and articles were voted on by the assembly of the friars and the results of the voting was made known and the new Provincial Statutes were confirmed by the assembly.

We express our congratulations to:

Solemn Profession

DOMINGO DAVID, Marlon (ORI), September 10, 2015
PLAZOS REMOLADO, Rhuel (ORI), September 10, 2015
UKLEJA, Marcin (POL), September 04, 2015
DAVAKAN, Martin (BEL), August 29, 2015
RIEGO CASTILLEJOS, Ricardo (MEX), August 28, 2015
DORANTES DIAZ, Sergio Carlos (MEX), August 28, 2015
MERCADO, Richie (CHI), August 27, 2015
RODRIGUEZ, Bienvenido (VIL), August 23, 2015
MURRAY, Joseph A (VIL), August 23, 2015
KOVALAK, Andrej (ITA), July 05, 2015
JOHNS, Barnaby (CAL), June 07, 2015
MEDINA, Carlos (CAL), June 07, 2015
ESCOBAR, Edmar (CAE), May 11, 2015
LABANA, Genesis (CAE), May 11, 2015
LINGO, Robert Lee (CAE), May 11, 2015
SALCEDA, Arvin (CAE), May 11, 2015
TAMPOS, Mark Anthony (CAE), May 11, 2015
TUBID, Julius (CAE), May 11, 2015
QUEVEDO HERNANDEZ, Salvador (MEC), April 24, 2015
LOGOTETO, Vito M (ITA), March 24, 2015
IORIO, Christian (ITA), March 01, 2015
GUERRERO NAVARRO, Luis Alberto (PAN), February 21, 2015
TRAN, Kim Phu (Vincent) (AUS), February 01, 2015
KIM, Dong Woo (Augustine) (AUS), February 01, 2015
ALBAN MANCERO, Raul A (QUI), January 17, 2015
MARCILLO IZQUIERDO, Jose G (QUI), January 17, 2015
CACCIOTTI, Giuseppe (ITA), December 08, 2014
IMAJI, Peter John (NIG), November 13, 2014
ONUOHA, Julius Anayo (NIG), November 13, 2014
OYUDO, Ikenna Jude (NIG), November 13, 2014
SHEKARI, Jonah Matthew (NIG), November 13, 2014
UBIAKALA, Paulinus (NIG), November 13, 2014
HOLZHEIMER, Marcel (GER), October 11, 2014
SERON MATARONG, Jay R (ORI), September 27, 2014
ARAUZ, Glen de Jesus (AMC), September 27, 2014
VERA GUSI, Gilbert de (ORI), September 27, 2014
INJARAPU, Wilson Viswanath (ORI), September 27, 2014
MARTINHO ALBERTO, Tiago (HIS), September 13, 2014
OTAKA HIGA, Jose Javier (ARG), September 08, 2014
FRANCO GONZALEZ, Dagoberto (MEX), August 28, 2014
PAZ MENDIETA, Hector (PAN), June 14, 2014
ABELLANA, Imman Noel Arnado (CAE), June 12, 2014
ASOR, Aimark Palma (CAE), June 12, 2014
DURAN, Oswald Fajardo (CAE), June 12, 2014
NOMBREFIA, Antonio Oblea (CAE), June 12, 2014
VALMORES, Jasper Villanueva (CAE), June 12, 2014
SARDIDO CERBOLLES, Dante (ORI), June 04, 2014
BENDOY MORABE, Dante (ORI), June 04, 2014
SUPREMIDO MELGAR, Genaro (ORI), June 04, 2014
ARESSERIL, Emmanuel (IND), May 31, 2014
SIMON, Bernard (IND), May 31, 2014
JOOSADASAN, Anil Kumar (IND), May 31, 2014
YOUNG, Richard A (CHI), May 16, 2014
RODRIGUEZ VASQUEZ, Diomer (PER), February 15, 2014
MONTES DE OCA NUNEZ, Rodolfo (MEX), February 13, 2014
CINTRA, Paolo Henrique (BRM), January 12, 2014
MARKUS, Galadima Bitrus (NIG), January 06, 2014
MBUVI, Peter Kyalo (KEN), January 06, 2014
NYAOMA, Edwin Orina (KEN), January 06, 2014

First Profession

ABIAMBANGU AMABULE, Gido Joseph ( BEL), August 02, 2015
KUMBOYO PAYTE, Christopher (CON), August 02, 2015
IYUNDABA UMEMBOLI, Augustin (CON), August 02, 2015
KLIBA KOAMI MAWUSSE, Laurent ( BEL), August 02, 2015
BATIMANGA BAUMUKE, Anthony Joseph (BEL), August 02, 2015
SENGI OGA, Celestin (CON), August 02, 2015
CARUANA, Brandon Lee (MEL), September 07, 2015
ARIPPA, Giuseppe (ITA), August 30, 2015
FILIPPI, Mattia (ITA), August 30, 2015
JELIC, Richard (ITA), August 30, 2015
CHU, Phong Dinh (BEL), August 29, 2015
PAREDES DE LA CRUZ, Irving Erubey (MEC), August 15, 2015
TORRES AGUILERA, Noe (MEC), August 15, 2015
SERRANO CANADA, Felipe de Jesus (MEC), August 15, 2015
LOPEZ CISNEROS, Marcos Antonio (MEC), August 15, 2015
PARRA CINTORA, Jesus (MEC), August 15, 2015
VAZQUEZ QUIROZ, Alberto (MEC), August 15, 2015
RODRIGUEZ STRUBBE, Carlos Miguel (CHI), August 01, 2015
TIERNEY, Jack (CHI), August 01, 2015
AGUILAR, Javier (VIL), August 01, 2015
WHITE, James (VIL), August 01, 2015
SIKAHANGA, Wilson J (TAN), July 01, 2015
MAYENJA, Daniel M (TAN), July 01, 2015
NYAGA, Atanasio (KEN), July 01, 2015
WAMBUA, Francis M (KEN), July 01, 2015
ARIG, Alvin (ORI), June 12, 2015
ESMILLA, Johnny (ORI), June 12, 2015
ALVAREZ, Amiel (ORI), June 12, 2015
ARLEGUI, William Peter (ORI), June 12, 2015
PORTAL, Jose Marie (ORI), June 12, 2015
ALMEREZ, Jules (CAE), May 15, 2015
ANILDES, Roner (CAE), May 15, 2015
DE CLARO, Olwencie (CAE), May 15, 2015
ERMAC, Keith (CAE), May 15, 2015
JUGARAP, Jebie (CAE), May 15, 2015
LAGROSA, Rey (CAE), May 15, 2015
TINIO, Carlo (CAE), May 15, 2015
UY, Jeffrey (CAE), May 15, 2015
ERAIMANTHURA, Puraidam Sijin Anthony (IND), May 04, 2015
PALLIPPATTU, Jestin Joseph (IND), May 04, 2015
THUNDIPARAMBIL, Vincent Linu Louis (IND), May 04, 2015
LE, Tuan Anh (Peter) (AUS), February 01, 2015
PHAM, Quang Tuyen (Peter) (AUS), February 01, 2015
ZHANG, Huyao (John) (AUS), February 01, 2015
ZAPATA NASIMBA, Patricio (QUI), January 24, 2015
GUERRERO CARRERA, Jose (QUI), January 24, 2015
DOMINGUES DE LIMA, Anderson (BRM), December 04, 2014
PEZZELLA, Luciano (ITA), August 31, 2014
KPOMADJE, Hyacinthe (BEL), August 31, 2014
HOUNSIEDE, Julien Coovi (BEL), August 28, 2014
MENDOZA ZAMORA, Jose Alejandro (MEX), August 28, 2014
ORIHUELA POPOCA, Emmanuel Israel (MEX), August 28, 2014
MENDOZA ABONCE, Jose Juan (MEX), August 28, 2014
OLAN ALMEIDA, Luis Baltazar (MEX), August 28, 2014
BARRERA AVALOS, Pedro (MEX), August 28, 2014
GARDUNO GONZALEZ, Raul (MEX), August 28, 2014
TAPIA ISLAS, Hector Manuel (MEX), August 28, 2014
DABROWSKI, Jacek (POL), August 28, 2014
HEMEN, Emmanuel A (NIG), August 26, 2014
YARATSADA, Moses Aiden (NIG), August 26, 2014
OKPE, Michael Adole (NIG), August 26, 2014
UJU, Solomon (NIG), August 26, 2014
DARUAN, John A (NIG), August 26, 2014
SIMON, Gideon F (NIG), August 26, 2014
EBEYE, Kennedy (NIG), August 26, 2014
DURA, Geoffrey (NIG), August 26, 2014
LUSUAMU, Yvon (CON), August 17, 2014
NYETUAMAZE, Raymond (CON), August 17, 2014
KESEKESE, Richard (CON), August 17, 2014
MIBIBA, Ignace (CON), August 17, 2014
LUFUILU, Cyrille (CON), August 17, 2014
BELANGBA, Benoit (CON), August 17, 2014
MADILAMBA, Athanase (CON), August 17, 2014
SIEGEL, Joseph (CHI), August 10, 2014
MULLARKEY, Nicholas (CHI), August 10, 2014
NARDONE, Colin (VIL), August 09, 2014
BOLIVAR, Arthur (ANG), August 06, 2014
DABRE, Gladson (ANG), August 06, 2014
YANG, Philip (CAL), August 02, 2014
BAIOCCO, Robert (CAL), August 02, 2014
VILLENEUVE, Maxime (CAL), August 02, 2014
NGUGO, Geoffrey (TAN), July 01, 2014
KOMBA, Jerasko (TAN), July 01, 2014
Mtuy, Richard (TAN), July 01, 2014
IMUJARO, Geofrey Barasa (KEN), July 01, 2014
PETER, Daniel Male (KEN), July 01, 2014
BUNGEI, Emmanuel Kipchumba (KEN), July 01, 2014
MLELWA, John (TAN), July 01, 2014
CAMARENA RODRIGUEZ, Edwin (PAN), June 05, 2014
GALVEZ MARTINEZ, Anel (PAN), June 05, 2014
MORENO GOVEA, Jorge (PAN), June 05, 2014
ARCA, Randy Afuang (CAE), May 13, 2014
BAJAMONDE, Christopher Rey Rebise (CAE), May 13, 2014
CAÑETE, Mark Louie Jumapao (CAE), May 13, 2014
FORTUNA, Eduardo Jr. Boyonas (CAE), May 13, 2014
PARK, Hyo-Jin Francisco (KOR), February 08, 2014
JANG, Jong-Hyup Paolo (KOR), February 08, 2014
JANG, Dae-Geon Andrea (KOR), February 08, 2014
VÁSQUEZ PASMIÑO, Roy Andrés (IQU), January 25, 2014
CENEPO SAQUIRAY, Brian Junior (IQU), January 25, 2014
FARFAN REANO, Riverson (APU), January 25, 2014
FERREIRA, Thulio Luis (BRM), January 12, 2014
FERREIRA, Tailer Douglas (BRM), January 12, 2014
SANTOS DE CARVALHO, Leandro (BRM), January 12, 2014
ALVES GOMES, Alisson Paulo (BRM), January 12, 2014

We pray for:

WERNICKE, Michael (GER), November 20, 2015
MCGETTIGAN, Neil (VIL), November 18, 2015
JONKERGOUW, Frans (Salvator) (HOL), November 06, 2015
ALVAREZ FERNANDEZ, Isidro (MAT), November 05, 2015
BEUMER, Nico (HOL), October 20, 2015
MINAMBRES ROMERO, Angel (HIS), October 13, 2015
FERNANDEZ GONZALEZ, Humberto (HIS), September 12, 2015
RODRIGUEZ BLANCO, Honorio (MAT), September 02, 2015
JORDAN, Joseph A (VIL), August 20, 2015
MONTI, Ilario (ITA), August 12, 2015
FERRANTI, Angelo (ITA), July 12, 2015
AIXNER, Jan (BOH), July 08, 2015
GARCIA VAZQUEZ, Jose Fidel Adalberto (MEX), July 31, 2015
DULANTO SARRALDE, Angel (PHI), June 29, 2015
STEINMAN, Robert (VIL), June 15, 2015
GARLAND, William T (VIL), June 12, 2015
LAURICELLA-LETIZIA, Diego (ITA), May 12, 2015
DORAN, Edward (VIL), May 10, 2015
GUTIERREZ SILVA, Antonio (MEX), May 07, 2015
NOLAN, James L (VIL), May 05, 2015
RYAN, James Gerald (CHI), April 29, 2015
BOCXE, Bert (HOL), April 23, 2015
CASTRO MARTINEZ, Angel (PHI), April 21, 2015
LOPEZ MARTIN, Jose (HIS), April 21, 2015
MADRIGAL SANCHO, Francisco (HIS), April 20, 2015
LUCOZZI, Renzo (ITA), April 10, 2015
RUBIO BARDON, Pedro (PHI), March 24, 2015
ALVAREZ ALVAREZ, Manuel (PHI), March 14, 2015
SPINELLI, Joseph (VIL), March 10, 2015
DOBBIN, Edmund J. (VIL), March 08, 2015
MACIA PEREZ, Antonio (HIS), February 22, 2015
RED VEGA, Herminio de la (HIS), February 15, 2015
MC ERLEAN, Henry (CAN), February 15, 2015
MIRANDA AYOSO, Venturo (APU), February 12, 2015
BORG BONELLO, Emanuel (MEL), February 10, 2015
NICOLAS NICOLAS, Santiago (CAS), January 25, 2015
PRADO SALDANA, Oscar de (PHI), January 23, 2015
CRIOLANI, Pietro (ITA), January 07, 2015
LOTRINGEN, Caspar van (HOL), January 11, 2015
MONTES CALVO, Claudio (CAS), January 07, 2015
DE SIMONE, Russell (VIL), December 29, 2014
MAHONEY, Maurice (VIL), December 29, 2014
PEREZ BARRIO, Isidoro (HIS), December 29, 2014
VILLORIA ANDREU, Jesus (PHI), December 24, 2014
VIME RODRIGUEZ, Arsenio (PHI), December 20, 2014
RODRIGUEZ MURIEL, Francisco (CAS), December 14, 2014
VANDALON, Hugo (HOL), December 13, 2014
PACHO PACHO, Adalberto (PHI), December 08, 2014
SIDERA, Agostino (ITA), November 30, 2014
ROSSI, Vincenzo (ITA), November 29, 2014
SCHENK, Egbert (GER), November 24, 2014
STIBBLES, George (ANG), November 17, 2014
LOSADA COSTOYA, Domingo (HIS), November 16, 2014
AMOR MARTINEZ, Francisco (PHI), November 15, 2014
FUCHS, Angelus (Eduard) (GER), November 13, 2014
DIEZ SANCHEZ, Regino (PHI), November 03, 2014
GARCIA MARTINEZ, Florentino (MAT), November 01, 2014
O'BRIEN, Kieran (HIB), October 29, 2014
SPIESS, Ewald (Engelbert) (GER), October 21, 2014
CAVINATO, Giorgio (ITA), October 14, 2014
FLAHERTY, John J. (CHI), October 10, 2014
PAYNE, John F. (VIL), October 09, 2014
O'SULLIVAN, Michael (HIB), September 30, 2014
RAPONI, Domenico (ITA), September 18, 2014
BRECHT, David L (CHI), September 06, 2014
GERHARDY, Roger (Willy) (GER), August 04, 2014
DIAZ GARCIA, Gonzalo (MAT), July 30, 2014
FORMOSA-KERR, Cherubin (MEL), July 26, 2014
BEULLENS, Jules (BEL), July 23, 2014
MARTINEZ GUTIERREZ, Gregorio (PHI), July 21, 2014
VECCIARELLI, Gilberto (ITA), July 21, 2014
TRACY, T. Shawn (VIL), July 20, 2014
FALK, Bonifaz (Klaus) (GER), July 11, 2014
MORAN, Patrick (HIB), July 09, 2014
ALESSANDRI, Angelo (ITA), July 09, 2014
McHUGH, Peter (AUS), July 02, 2014
MARTINEZ IGLESIAS, Juan Antonio (PHI), June 22, 2014
LABRADOR GARCIA, José Esteban (HIS), June 20, 2014
CAMARENA MORENO, Odilon (MEX), June 20, 2014
PLANK, Bernhard (GER), June 01, 2014
MONTEIRO, Ralph (VIL), May 20, 2014
GHILARDINI, Luigi (ITA), May 14, 2014
CONWAY, James P. (VIL), April 28, 2014
BERNARDO APARICIO, Gregorio (PHI), April 26, 2014
SALVADOR MENDANA, Hermenegildo (MAT), April 26, 2014
BOSMANS, Lambert G. (CAN), April 20, 2014
ALVAREZ GOMEZ, Domingo (PHI), April 13, 2014
BURT, Donald X. (VIL), April 11, 2014
WOOD, Edson J. (VIL), April 09, 2014
BERNARDO APARICIO, Gregorio (PHI), March 26, 2014
PINEDA RAMOS, Rafael (MEX), March 22, 2014
POZO LIEBANA, Adolfo Benito del (PHI), March 18, 2014
DIEZ PEREZ, Agustín (PHI), March 13, 2014
HAUGHEY, Peter (HIB), March 05, 2014
PEETERS, Jan (HOL), February 25, 2014
GAVIN, John R. (CHI), February 22, 2014
CRESPO CRESPO, Ovidio (CAS), February 21, 2014
MIFSUD, Joseph (MEL), February 09, 2014
PRIETO PELLITERO, Julián (PHI), February 05, 2014
MAGRO, Saviour (MEL), February 04, 2014
TELLINA, Loreto (ITA), February 03, 2014
JONK, Willem (Wim) (BEL), February 01, 2014
LEDESMA SALDANA, Juan (MEC), January 30, 2014
HANOUILLE, Roger (VIL), January 26, 2014
ORTEGA CUESTA, Vidal (CAS), January 15, 2014
REVILLA MARTINEZ, Vidal (PHI), January 12, 2014
HERRMANN, Winfried (GER), January 06, 2014
GRIFFIN, Edward (VIL), January 04, 2014

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