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From the Order
Rome, Italy
July 2014
Today, the 7th day of July 2014, the news was announced that our brother, Manuel Ochogavía Barahona, OSA, of the Matritense Province of Spain and of the Vicariate of Panama, has been named by Pope Francis as Bishop of Colón – Kuna Yala, Panama....
Roma, Italy
Juin 2014
41 Major Superiors of the Order, including Priors Provincial, Regional Superiors, Superiors of Vicariates and of Delegations, gathered in Rome...
New York, U.S.A.
Juin 2014
The Augustinians have been represented at the United Nations for a number of years. We have been granted ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) consultative status...
From the Circumscriptions
Kinshasa, R.D. Congo
July 2014
From 20th to 25th July 2014, the Vicariate of Congo celebrated with joy its sixth ordinary chapter since its existence...
Valladolid, Spain
July 2014
At 14 July 2014, the 147th Ordinary Provincial Chapter of the Province of the Philippines (Spain) began in the Royal College Seminary of the Augustinians of Valladolid...
Yuriria, Mexico
July 2014
Along with the presence of Alejandro Moral Antón, the Prior General of the Order, and Patricio Villalba, the Assistant General for Latin America, the brothers of the Province of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino of Michoacan, Mexico celebrated their 110th Ordinary Provincial Chapter...
From the General Council
Rome - February 2014
Plenary Session
Rome - October 2013
Plenary Session

We express our congratulations to:

Solemn Profession

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
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
DI LERNIA, Pasquale (ITA), December 07, 2013
JANDE, Mark Nelson (NIG), November 13, 2013
YASHIM, Chris-John Gabriel (NIG), November 13, 2013
DUNG, Davou Alfred (NIG), November 13, 2013
IWUH, Ignatius Chiedozie (NIG), November 13, 2013
SODJE, Ochuko Kenneth (NIG), November 13, 2013
EGBEDIKE, Chinonso (NIG), November 13, 2013
FERRO SAYA, Flavio (APU), November 10, 2013
RAMOS CASTILLO, Edwin Eliecer (PAN), September 28, 2013
SAAVEDRA MENDIETA, Luis Estaban (PAN), September 28, 2013
CAMPO VILLACORTA, Bernabé (HIS), September 21, 2013
OWIYO, Boniface Odhiambo (KEN), August 28, 2013
MAKOKHA, Stanislaus Wamache (KEN), August 28, 2013
LUNA BUENO, Pablo A (MEC), August 28, 2013
IZAGUIRRE SANCHEZ, Héctor Alexander (AMC), August 17, 2013
GARCIA ZABALA, José Javier (AMC), August 17, 2013
ROSARIO JOAQUÍN, Héctor Luis (ANT), August 03, 2013
SANTANA DURAN, Rafael (ANT), August 03, 2013
NDANDA ALOGWA, Vincent (CON), October 07, 2012

First Profession

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
MASI, Antonio G (ITA), September 01, 2013
OREL, Miroslav (BOH), September 01, 2013
CONTRERAS NOLASCO, Roberto (MEX), August 28, 2013
CASTILLO DAVILA, Nestor (MEX), August 28, 2013
GERALDES BARBA SANTOS, Pedro (HIS), August 28, 2013
ESONO MANGUE, Filemón Nkara (PHI-TAN), August 28, 2013
RENTSCH, Christian (GER), August 24, 2013
BARKER, Brian (CHI), August 11, 2013
RUIZ, Joseph (CHI), August 11, 2013
CISSELL, Bernard (CHI), August 11, 2013
POTENCIO, Aldo (VIL), August 03, 2013
FRADER, Estimé (VIL), August 03, 2013
KERNS, Bryan (VIL), August 03, 2013

Saint Augustine:

«Of necessity we are sorrowful when those whom we love leave us in death... Our weakness bears us down, but our faith bears us up. We sorrow over the human condition but find our healing in the divine promise.» (Sermon 172)

DIAZ GARCIA, Gonzalo (MAT), July 30, 2014
FORMOSA-KERR, Cherubin (MEL), July 26, 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 (AUG), 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
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
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

Plenary Session - February 2013


Rome - February 2013
Plenary Session
DELIBERATIONS

The General Council of the Order met in plenary session during the period February 17 - 26, 2013.

1. Much of the work of this session dealt with preparations for the 2013 General Chapter, including discussion of the Chapter's membership, contents, and methodology. A part of the time dedicated to the latter two items was held in concert with the members of the Special Commission established last year to assist in preparation for the Chapter. The Commission itself met to receive the Council's input, continue its own conversation, and then to offer its own recommendations. The Council will continue its work in this area in preparation for its next plenary session in May. The General Chapter has been officially convoked, to begin on August 28, 2013, and the letter of convocation has been sent to Major Superiors.

2. Approval for a petition of exclaustration was given to a friar of the Delegation of Korea in order to pursue ministry in a parochial setting.

3. Fr. Matthias Hecht, Econome General, was approved as the legal representative of the Curia.

4. The request of the four Priors Provincial of Spain for the creation of The Union of the Provinces of Spain was approved.

5. A friar of the Province of Chile was granted a dispensation from simple vows.

6. The nomination of Fr. Robert Guessetto as Prior of the Collegio Santa Monica, Rome, was approved. He will continue, pro tempore, as Master of Students as well.

7. Approval was given to the request for a scholarship for studies of a friar of the Province of Cebu.

8. An extension of one year was granted to the novitiate of the north of Latin America to continue in Santiago de Chile so that an adequate location for its transference can be found.

9. The Econome General spoke to the Council on repairs underway in the Residenza Paolo VI which is housed in part of a wing of Collegio Santa Monica, and presented proposals for a contract which the Council subsequently awarded for the maintenance of various installations in the Order's three buildings on the Curia property.

 

REPORTS

The reports of the Prior General and Assistants General since the November, 2012 Council meeting are summarized as follows:

Fr. Robert Prevost made two visits to Peru: to meet with the four Major Superiors; to participate in the Assembly of the Vicariate of Chulucanas and the Chapter of the Vicariate of Apurímac. He was present for the special Assembly of 3 of the circumscriptions of Brazil which are cooperating in the formation of a Brazilian Province. He visited, as well, the fourth circumscription of Brazil in Belo Horizonte. Finally, he made a visitation for renewal to Panama and participated in the meeting of the Federation of Augustinians of North America.

Fr. Alejandro Moral, reported on the progress of discussions on the union of the four Spanish Provinces and the creation of a committee of the four Priors Provincial to carry this forward. In December he conducted a visitation of the Province of Madrid. In January he was present in Panama for a conference on Catholic education at which he spoke on the topics of Justice and Peace and the Laity. He reported that the Course of Spirituality in Italian is presently underway. He informed the Council that the Priors Provincial of southern Europe have decided to hold a common novitiate for the next three years in Pavia, Italy.

Fr. Miguel Angel Keller visited the novitiate in Chile and announced that in the month of April he will be present at a meeting of OALA in Costa Rica and will preach a retreat and conduct a visitation in Buenos Aires, and do the same in June in Venezuela.

Fr. Rommel Par accompanied the former Postulator General, Fr. Fernando Rojo, to the Philippines for celebrations surrounding the canonization of a layman whose cause Fr. Rojo had advanced. In March he leaves for Brazil to plan activities connected with the Augustinian Youth Encounter to be held in Sao Paulo in July.

Fr. Franz Klein reported on his visit to the Congo for a meeting of the Federation and a visit to the Augustinian community in South Africa. He informed the Council on the decision of the Villanova Province to withdraw from this mission in January, 2014.

Fr. Michael Di Gregorio reported on his participation in the meeting of the Federation of Augustinians of North America (FANA) held at the beginning of February in San Diego, California. This was the last meeting, since the beginning of the process for creating the federation had begun, at which the councils of the various provinces would also participate.

Fr. Martin Micallef had visited Malta in December and part of January.

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

Augustinian Youth Encounter July 15 - 20, 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Information can be found at www.ejasp2013.com.br

Ordinary General Chapter August 28, 2013, Rome

 

The next Plenary Meeting of the General Council is scheduled for May 5 - 18, 2013

Michael Di Gregorio, OSA February 16, 2013