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From the Order
Rome, Italy
April 2014
The first meeting of the Vocations Commission took place in April 2014 in Rome...
Rome, Italy
April 2014
The first meeting of the new International Commission for Evangelisation and Pastoral ministry took place in April 2014 in Rome...
Vatican City, Rome
April 2014
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has authorized the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints to publish the decree regarding the heroic virtue of Br. Sebastián Elorza Arizmenedi OSA (1882-1942)...
From the Circumscriptions
Chicago, USA
March 2014
During the week of Mach 24-27, Provincials from English-Speaking Countries where the Order serves gathered in Chicago...
Paracuellos de Jarama, Spain
November 2013
The bishop of Alcalá annually celebrates Eucharist in the cemetery of Paracuellos de Jarama, where seventy Augustinian religious were martyred...
Cebu, Philippines
November 2013
The extent of the destruction caused by the catastrophic earthquake and super-typhoon which recently occurred in the Phillipines cannot be described sufficiently in words....
From the General Council
Rome - February 2014
Plenary Session
Rome - October 2013
Plenary Session

We express our congratulations to:

Solemn Profession

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
RAMOS CASTILLO, Edwin Eliecer (PAN), September 28, 2013
SAAVEDRA MENDIETA, Luis Estaban (PAN), September 28, 2013
CAMPO VILLACORTA, Bernabé (HIS), September 21, 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
BARBOSA ANGARITA, Néstor Adrián (VEN), July 06, 2013
MARCANO MOLINA, José Rafael (VEN), July 06, 2013
MLELWA, Constantine (TAN), July 02, 2013
LENDO, Elmer Jamero (CAE), June 08, 2013
REYES, Ric Anthony Alcibar (CAE), June 08, 2013
ALVAREZ ALVAREZ, Crisanto (COL), June 08, 2013
RODRÍGUEZ PÉREZ, Germán Darío (COL), June 08, 2013
BENAVIDES JURADO, Jhonatan (COL), June 08, 2013
PINEDA HENAO, Camilo Augusto (COL), June 08, 2013
PONCE SOTOMAYOR, Faith Darwin (ORI), May 22, 2013
ACUPAN PATAGAN, Anthony (ORI), May 22, 2013
CASPE BALEÑA, Juanito (ORI), May 22, 2013
TABAN, Elia (CON), May 18, 2013
NDANDA ALOGWA, Vincent (CON), October 07, 2012

First Profession

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
PINZON ARENAS, Fabian Andrés (VEN), July 13, 2013
CASCO MUÑOZ, Pedro Francisco (AMC), July 13, 2013
POLANCO PEREZ, Mario Ernesto (AMC), July 13, 2013
HOYOS AGUILAR, Engels José (AMC), July 13, 2013
QUIRÓS TENCIO, José Alexander (PAN), July 06, 2013
CRUZ CARRANZA, Gustavo Alberto (PAN), July 06, 2013
PINTO MARTÑINEZ, José Enrique (PAN), July 06, 2013
SERRANO JURADO, Carlos Raúl (PAN), July 06, 2013
LEONES PÉREZ, Juan (PAN), July 06, 2013
ARCIA, Jorge Luis (PAN), July 06, 2013
MBADWE, Amos (TAN), July 01, 2013
MGAYA, Gideon (TAN), July 01, 2013
MLELWA, Edgar (TAN), July 01, 2013
NCHIMBI, Jasilo (TAN), July 01, 2013
NGIMBI, Mathew (KEN), July 01, 2013
ARROYO ROYALES, Dioscoro (ORI), May 22, 2013
MALQUIN RODRIGO, Aldin (ORI), May 22, 2013
ATIENZA, James Carlo Mesina (CAE), May 11, 2013
BALLER, Jubanie Rey Fides (CAE), May 11, 2013
BILLONES , Fredie Camilo (CAE), May 11, 2013
DOMASIAN, Mark Noveros (CAE), May 11, 2013
PARMISANO, Jaime Silvestre Cubeta (CAE), May 11, 2013
PASPE, Christian Jhon Gumban (CAE), May 11, 2013
POLIQUIT, Armar Dondriano (CAE), May 11, 2013
REVILLA, Florentino Gallo III Palattao (CAE), May 11, 2013
FUTOSHI MATSUO, John (JAP), February 11, 2013
HO THONG THUY, Micae (AUS), February 03, 2013
RESOLADO, Saldie L. (AUS), February 03, 2013
SEVARE, Percival (AUS), February 03, 2013
LEE SEONG-HO, Antimo (KOR), February 02, 2013
PARK SANG-IL, Wilibrordo (KOR), February 02, 2013
HONG SEUNG-MIN, Johan (KOR), February 02, 2013
BETANCOURT BUITRAGO, Robinson J. (COL), January 26, 2013
ALBA LAVERDE, Wilmar A. (COL), January 26, 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)

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 (Win) (HOL), 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
ROBLES BARO, Frutos (PHI), December 29, 2013
MARTIN MARTIN, Saturnino (PHI), December 23, 2013
PUFFER, Georg (VIE), December 17, 2013
BRESNAHAN, John (VIL), December 09, 2013

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