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)
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July 24-28, 2017
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, Pennsylvania (USA)
Cost: $500.00 o 490 Euro
The International Commission for Augustinian Centers of Education is preparing for an International Congress which will take place at Villanova University (USA) from July 24-28, 2017. The theme chosen for the Congress is: Augustinian Pedagogy: A Passion for Education: The love of knowledge and truth should invite us to continue learning. The love of others should compel us to teach. (Augustine: Answers to the Eight Questions of Dulcitius).
Our OSA Constitutions remind us that, we should have the greatest esteem for the educational apostolate and consider it as one of the special missions of our Order. (Const. 161). The International Congress at Villanova University is one of the ways we are able to demonstrate our esteem for this apostolate. The Congress will provide the opportunity for those who participate in the ministry of Augustinian education to encounter each other in a professional environment and share with each other experiences and successful programs from their respective centers of education.
We plan to explore the theme of the Congress with three main talks presented at the beginning of each day. (Day 2: Augustinian Passion for Spirituality: Love of Knowledge and Search for Truth; Day 3: Augustinian Passion for Teaching and Learning: Compelled to Teach; Day 4: Augustinian Passion for Justice and Peace: Love for others) In the afternoon of Tuesday, July 25th and Thursday, July 27th we are planning a series of workshops which will be of 90 minutes duration, repeated on four occasions, twice on Tuesday and twice on Thursday with different participants. We are encouraging the presenters to engage the participants so that the workshops become creative and dynamic opportunities in accordance with Augustinian Pedagogy.
We are encouraging all our centers of education to send participants to this Congress (4 per school) and ask for your assistance in spreading the word and encouraging the schools in your circumscription to register. Information regarding the congress and registration can be found on the Order’s website: www.augustinians.net
If you should have any questions you can contact the Chair of the Commission for Augustinian Centers of Education, Joseph Farrell at email@example.com or the Vice-chair, Franz Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God continue to bless our apostolates of education.
Alejandro Moral Antón, OSA
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
Valletta (Malta), September 14, 2017 - With the solemn Mass celebrated in the former convent church of the Knights of Malta, now the Cathedral in Valletta, the Archbishop Metropolitan Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, presided over the celebrations commemorating the 200 years since the foundation of the Augustinian Province of Malta, which has as its patron saint Saint Mark the Evangelist. During this year various pastoral, cultural and social celebrations have been held that marked the calendar with a celebration of the various activities that the Province engages in today.
Concelebrating with the Archbishop there were the Prior Provincial Fr. Raymond Francalanza and all the brothers of the Province, Archbishop Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo; Archbishop Alessandro D'Errico, Apostolic Nuncio; Archbishop Pawlu Cremona OP, Emeritus Archbishop of Malta; representatives of other religious provinces and various priests, some of whom received their training at St. Augustine College. There were also the Augustinian Servants of Jesus and Mary, and a large presence of Augustinian lay people and other lay friends, who are close to us in our pastoral realities.
The first Augustinians arrived on the Maltese islands towards the end of the 14th century. After two attempts to become established, finally in 1817 the Province of Malta was born, beginning with three convents: Rabat, Valletta and Victoria. Today the Province has 6 communities, and the ministerial field includes: pastoral-parochial, educational, social and cultural work. Some friars work in Cuba, Brazil and Italy. In the past among the missionary fields were our presence in Algeria, Tunisia, Australia, Canada and the USA. Today the province consists of 39 solemn professed friars, and among its members there is His Eminence Prospero Cardinal Grech.
With this commemoration of the first 200 years of the formation of the Province, which was detached from the Sicilian one, we want to thank God for the history of these years and look forward with courage and with full confidence in God's fidelity, to which we render honor and glory!
As you know Irma was a very strong hurricane, category five. This last month was extremely hot and very humid. Even Cubans were finding it difficult to breath. At the beginning of September the national TV began to warn the population about the arrival of Irma, a huge hurricane of great magnitude. Here they have an excellent meteorological institute that is really up to date and that informs the people almost every hour about the development of the phenomenon. We were told, before its arrival, that most probably it will cross the whole country, so everyone had to be ready to face the event. We seldom have hurricanes in the province of La Havana, but this time it was different.
Irma arrived in Cuba, in the south, on the 4th of September and went through the Provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin the following days. Here, in our house, we have now a prenovice from La Havana and two aspirants, one from Santiago de Cuba and the other from Holguin. When these last two phoned home they were told that their regions were not greatly affected. In the province of Holguin we have as well a community in Puerto Padre and several chapels and mission houses in the adjacent countryside. Fr. Miguel Angel was alone in Puerto Padre when the hurricane went over them. Our Delegate, Fr. Aldo, who kept phone contact with him, was told that our house in Puerto Padre was not affected, but the strong wind eradicated trees and blew up aluminium roofs. We have no precise information about our chapels and mission houses in the countryside but surely they should have been affected.
The most affected provinces were those of Camagüey and Ciego de Ávila. In Chambas, in the province of Ciego de Ávila, we have a community, chapels and mission houses and some of them, especially the zone of Florida and particularly the littoral part of Punta Alegre were greatly affected. Fr. José Alberto, the parish priest of Chambas and councillor of the Delegation, informed our Delegate that he, F. Paco and the new elected bishop who will be consecrated on the 30th of September were on the spot with Caritas to evaluate the situation. Due to this situation and in order that our brothers could organize the church aid it was decided to suspend the first annual retreat of the Delegation which was to be held here in La Havana, from the 23rd to the 28th of September.
As far as we are concerned, here in La Havana, we took all the necessary precautions to avoid damage and destruction. We were informed by the TV that Irma will hit La Havana and Pinar del Rio only through its tale and then it will divert itself to Miami. And so it was. We began to feel the first effects on Friday in the late afternoon: strong wind, clouds and some tiny rain. On Saturday we woke up with a sunny sky, and the wind was not that very strong. But in the afternoon we had strong wind, clouds and rain. Around 8.00pm part of the electricity was already gone. The worst was during the night between Saturday and Sunday, hitting strongly the central part of La Havana. Irma entered our city through the Malecón (the Strand) with waves rising up to ten meters causing floods in the littoral parts of the city , wind blowing about 260 mph eradicating trees, electricity poles and the newly installed lamps. Wind continued to blow on Sunday´s morning accompanied with some rain. In order to avoid unnecessary inconveniencies for our parishioners, Fr. Aldo, our parish priest, decided to suspend the 11.00am parish mass. Around 3.00pm all was over. Now we are coming back to normal and once again Cubans are in the streets chatting, singing and none of them lamenting about Irma destructive effects. Streets are being cleaned, electricity, at least in our zone, has been totally restored, schools have resumed their course and shops have once again opened their doors. We are now waiting for José, but people do not seem to be preoccupied, since it is only category two. We will wait and see … but surely there is no way to give up our enthusiasm to serve humbly the Church, the Order and the Cuban people.
Fr. Lucian Borg OSA.
We join in prayer our brothers from the Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of Mexico after one of their parishes, the parish of St. James (Parroquia de Santiago Apostol) in Ocuilan, State of Mexico was destroyed by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that jolted the central part of the country earlier today.
As of posting, the total number of fatalities nearly hit 225 people, with most of them coming from the states of Morelos, Pueblas, and Mexico.
The epicenter of the eathquake was near Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km, according to the US Geological Survey.
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.
In celebration of the Chicago Province's 75th Anniversary, the friars held a special Diamond Jubilee Remembrance for the late Father Theodore E. Tack, O.S.A. Father Tack, who served as our Prior General from 1971 to 1983, was the first Prior General affiliated to the Chicago Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel.
This tribute video debuted at the Province's fourth annual Augustinian Gala on April 22, 2016, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The video was generously sponsored by the Susan & G.T. Bynum Family.
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