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It is night while this life is lived. And when is this night illuminated? It is lighted when Christ descends to the night. He took the flesh of this generation and our night received the light.
(En. in ps. 138,14)

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The Order of Saint Augustine begins a course of formation and spiritual deepening as we move toward the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with a series of reflections made by friars of the Order, published on YouTube and on the principal channels of communication of the Order. The Word of God and the deepening of its understanding in the light of Augustinian thought and in the light of the Augustinian charism are central in this proposed course in preparation for the extraordinary Jubilee event that will begin this coming December.

The first reflection was given by Fr. Joseph Farrell, the Vicar General of the Order of Saint Augustine, on the eve of the Feast of Saint Augustine which will be celebrated, Friday, 28 August and which will be celebrated by Cardinal Edoardo Menichelli, the Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo in a solemn pontifical liturgy at the tomb of Saint Augustine in the ancient Basilica of San Pietro in Ceil d’Oro. “As Augustinians, I believe that a way in which we can best prepare for the Jubilee Year is to re-discover, to discover anew, the treasure of wisdom, spirituality, and faith that we have in the writings of Saint Augustine,” Fr. Farrell explains. The references to Mercy in the works of Saint Augustine are particularly relevant and also very numerous because Augustine was mindful of the great mercy that he received in the course of his own life. “The Letters, the Sermons, the Expositions on the Psalms of Saint Augustine contain numerous references to Mercy, which brought him to his own conversion and which he continually received in the course of his life,” Fr. Farrell emphasized as he spoke on the day that the Church remembers Saint Monica, Augustine’s mother, August 27. She was the one who prayed for her son’s conversion and experienced this mercy of God.

Fr. Joseph Farrell in the first of these brief videos, reminds us of an example of Mercy in the works of Saint Augustine, as Augustine comments on the parable of the Prodigal Son: “When the merciful father comes close to his prodigal son he puts his hands on his son’s shoulders and it is as if he places on his shoulders Christ himself. No other burden is placed on the shoulders of the prodigal son. Thanks to mercy, the weight that the prodigal son was carrying has become lightened thanks to Christ, the Mercy of God.” Fr. Farrell concludes by inviting all to reflect on the writings of Saint Augustine as a reflection on the place of mercy in our lives and on the need to share mercy with our sisters and brothers.

The portrait of our Prior General, Alejandro Moral Antón, OSA has arrived in Rome and will be placed in the Curia next to the portraits of the previous Priors General. This portrait, created by the artist Giuseppe Antonio Lomuscio, will hang on the wall of the second floor of the Curia and will join the long line of other portraits which adorn the walls of the ground floor and the first and second floors of the Generalate. Although Alejandro Moral Antón, OSA is the 97th Prior General, he is the 96th friar to serve as Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine because Clement of Osimo served two non-consecutive terms.

From the Circumscriptions

On 28 August 2015, the feast of St Augustine, the Dutch Province launched a new book about its 120 years of history between 1886 and 2006.

The book is written in Dutch and is named 'Een kleine orde met allure. De augustijnen in Nederland, 1886-2006' ('A small order with a presence. The Augustinians in the Netherlands, 1886-2006'). In offering a full historical analysis, it has 512 pages and almost 100 illustrations, graphs and tables.

In this book, the author, Dr Brian Heffernan, tells the story of the Dutch Augustinians. At the end of the nineteenth century they consisted of a handful of parish ministers. During the twentieth century, their involvement in secondary education gave them a certain prestige in Dutch Catholic society. The impact on the Province of its expansion into missionary activity in South America and Papua (Indonesia) is included.

During the 120 years in question the Augustinians in the Netherlands were a small order with a presence. They were parish ministers and campaigners for the cause of Catholicism and religious life in the Netherlands. In the 1960s they regarded themselves as bearers of renewal, and today mostly as promoters of the spirituality of Augustine. These changing and often conflicting narratives provide a framework for the story, in which the constant reinvention of Augustinian identity holds centre stage.

The launch of the book took place in the Mariënhage priory in Eindhoven and was marked by a symposium on the history of the Dutch Province. Some 150 people attended and Professor Paul van Geest, Father Paul Clement (Provincial) and the author Brian Heffernan spoke.

The author, Brian Heffernan, is an academic researcher and a scholar of the history of the Order. The book has ISBN 978-90-8704-523-4 and costs EUR 49. It can be obtained directly from the publisher at www.verloren.nl or via bestel@verloren.nl.

Chicago, USA
The members of the Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel in the United States began a year-long celebration of their 75th Anniversary as a Province...
Lima, Peru
From Monday thru Friday, February 9-13, 2015, the Augustinians of the three Vicariates of Peru: Chulucanas, Apurimac and Iquitos are sharing a retreat experience...

We express our congratulations to:

Solemn Profession

MERCADO, Richie (CHI), August 27, 2015
RODRIGUEZ, Bienvenido (VIL), August 23, 2015
MURRAY, Joseph A (VIL), August 23, 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
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

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
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:

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
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
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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