The Prior General, Fr. Alejandro Moral Antón, during the extraordinary assembly of OALA (in Recanto, Tagaste, Brazil), presided at the Eucharist in which the start of the second phase of the Communion and Service Project was made.
This project, in which all of our Latin American groups are involved, has as its general objective that of animating the circumscriptions in a new communitarian dynamism of personal and communitarian conversion. This is so that, springing from our sources and from our spiritual tradition, we can offer to the world and to the Church that we serve the strength of our Augustinian charism, a testimony of community holiness.
In this second phase, the circumscriptions are being urged to look once again at the community life of each community and the service that they are fostering in the local Church and to discern if this service corresponds with our charism – ideals – and with the signs of the times (that is the Church where it finds itself today). This is to be done so that a communitarian plan of life and of pastoral action can be elaborated according to Augustinian criteria.
Fr. Giuseppe Caruso, OSA was named President of the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum. Fr. Giuseppe was born in Palermo, Sicily, 30 April 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood 5 April 1997. Fr. Caruso has his doctorate in Ancient Letters from the Università degli Studi of Rome and his doctorate in Theology and Patristic Sciences from the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum. He is a member of AIEP (International Association of Patristic Studies) and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Latinity. He is a professor at our Patristic Institute and at other university centers in Rome.
Fr. Juan Antonio Cabrera Montero was named Vice President of the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum. Fr. Juan Antonio has studied Library Science and Documentation at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and Theology and Patristic Sciences at the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum. He was the librarian of the Institute from 2005 to 2016 and professor at the Institute since 2009.
Lastly, Fr. Kolawole Chabi, OSA was named as the new Librarian of the Institute. He completed his studies at the Patristic Institute, obtaining his License in Patristic Studies.
To each of them we offer our best wishes for a happy and fruitful work for the benefit of the students, the Order and the Church.
During the Chapter of the Province of San Miguel Arcángel of Ecuador, Father Wilson José Posligua Bran, OSA was elected as the new Provincial Superior.
Father Posligua was born in the province of Guayas in October of 1980, and made is solemn profession as an Augustinian in January of 2006. In his academic formation, he has earned two licences: one in Spiritual Theology from the Catholic University of Bolivia and the other in Education from the Technical University of Loja, in Ecuador.
In his religious and ministerial life he has served in various roles: Parish priest in Santa Rita of Cascia Parish in Conocoto, Secretary and Counselor of the province, prior of the convents of Santa Rita in Conocoto and San Agustín in Quito, chaplain of education centers and the monastry of the Augustinian sisters in Quito, and since last year, he has served as vicar for religious life for the Archciocese of Quito.
To Father Posligua and to those who will govern and animate the province with him, we offer our sincere good wishes and congratulations in this new ministry.
Our houses in Italy, both at Tolentino and Cascia, have been affected in a particular way by the earthquake of 30 October 2016.
By the grace of God there were no victims, but the structures, above all those that were the oldest, have suffered damage the will require long years of patient intervention.
Unfortunately, because of the damage our structures have at this time been declared uninhabitable, and so the presence of the men and women religious has been affected.
The Sisters of Cascia “still with fear in their hearts because of the strong earthquake of 30 October were forced to abandon the monastery and to close the basilica, because of damage to the structures.” This is the beginning of the message that the Augustinian sisters sent out these days through their newsletter in order to ask for help: “The situation is dramatic in Cascia and in all the towns affected by the earthquake. The earth continues to shake and we feel that you are near to us and this gives us a support that we are not able to describe to you.”
The same has been happening to the Basilica of Tolentino, but it is in a worse situation.
The witness of the religious is strong and encouraging: “We are not going to leave our people, we will rebuild together, as we have always done.”
On 12 November, the Prior General, P. Alexander Moral and Assistant General, P. Luis Marin Ceuta in order to preside at the ceremony of the closing of the centenary celebrations for Colegio San Agustin of Ceuta, a city in North Africa. The school is part of the Province of Spain. The principal events were the celebration of the Eucharist in The Church of Saint Francis, the inauguration of a commemorative display of art, and a fraternal meal on the paly field. We thank God for the service rendered by the educational community during these hundred years, brought about with a style of “closeness” and participation that has seen the birth of vocations to Augustinian religious life that has become a point of reference for the city.
Desde el 21 al 23 de octubre los seglares agustinos de las diferentes comunidades del Perú
1er tema: San Agustín y la perspectiva misionera”
2do tema: “Familias Misericordiosas fortaleciendo la Iglesia comunión”
3er tema: “La vida espiritual de San Agustín: un testimonio para la misión del siglo XXI”
4to tema. “Signos de Misericordia en la acción pastoral”
Tuvimos noches de convivencia, se dialogó en grupos, se realizó la misión a diferentes zonas de la parroquia que fue verdadero encuentro con el pueblo de Dios y se eligió la próxima sede del encuentro, quedando Cuzco, Apurímac para el año 2018.
A meeting of the members of the Youth Commission was held on 5th and 6th October 2016 in Colegio Mayor San Agustín, Madrid. The Commission made an evaluation of the Augustinian Youth Encounter celebrated from 19th to 25th July 2016 in the monastery of Saint Dobrotiva in Zajecov in Czech Republic.
The remarks on the event were very satisfactory as the Encounter was considered to be a success. The next Augustinian Youth Encounter to be hosted in Panama was discussed.
The Commission also planned for the pilgrimage of “Camino de Santiago” which is slated for 3rd to 13th August 2017.
The Commission will hold another meeting on 17th October 2017.
From Monday, September 5 to Friday, September 9th, 2016, the Augustinians of Latin America participated in a Continental Meeting of Justice and Peace in San Salvador, El Salvador. The theme of this meeting is: "Migration and Violence".
The intention of this encounter is to encourage the Justice and Peace promotors of each Circumscription to create an awareness of the urgent need for personal and communal commitment to the issues of Justice and Peace along with the theme of Integrity of Creation. In a special way at this time there will be a focus on Migration and Violence.
The meeting is being developed with great expectations, there will be high level conferences thanks to the experience of the presenters. Various circumscriptions will be participating, such as Michoacan, Chile, Colombia, Brasil, Argentina-Uruguay, Consolacion, Chulucanas, Antillas, and Central America. Participants will include, Fr. Patricio Villalba (Assistant General for Latin America), Fr. Robert Dueweke (Representative of the Order to the UN) and Fr. Edinson Farfan (Secretary General of OALA).
The Augustinian Youth Encounter was successfully concluded with a Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Prior General, Most Rev. Fr. Alejandro Moral Ánton. During the Mass four novices made the Simple Profession of Religious Vows and were affiliated to the Province of Belgium in the presence of about forty Augustinians and over 400 young people in the Church of Our Lady of Assumption of the Abbey of Brno.
Some of the highlights of the Youth gathering was the Via Crucis held on Friday evening when we visited Prague city. (We arrived and were warmly received by the friars and the members of the worshiping parish community of St. Thomas. The Eucharist was celebrated with the Prior as the Chief celebrant.
An unforgettable event was the pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Svatá Hora dedicated to the Blessed Mother of Perpetual Help. All the young people took part in the 36 kilometres walk to and from the Sanctuary as a journey with the Lord. It was a journey within and without, a spiritual exercise born of a restless search for God who lives among us to satisfy our inner quest.
The Sunday Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the Archbishop emeritus of Prague His Eminence Vlk Cardinal Miloslav. A Eucharistic Adoration was later held in the afternoon as a preparation for Sacrament of Confessions.
The last night was dedicated to the "Manifest of Nations", a sort of resolution for a commitment to be proactive in the witness to serve Christ in the brothers and sisters in need.
The next Augustinian Youth Encounter will be in 2019 to be hosted in Panama. Our gratitude extends to all Augustinian friars world-wide especially the Prior General and Council, members of the Order's Commission on Youth Ministry, the speakers, the Priors and friars of Prague and Brno communities, members of the local organising committee, the volunteers, all the Augustinian Youth, their parents, friends, well wishers, etc.
The Augustinian Youth Encounter has begun on 19th July 2016 in one of the Order's oldest Monastery of Svatá Dobrotivá, Zaječov in Czech Republic. The event started at 9.30pm with presentation of the various groups from different countries, the unveiling of the Encounter's anthem. This was followed immediately by prayers, lightening of candles and procession through the Holy Door of Church. The ceremony continued with the reading of a short Gospel text and reflection offered by Fr. Juan Provecho. A moment of assembling the various parts of the Encounter's Logo which were previously distributed to some of the various circumscriptions of the Order around the world many months back. Each of the participants walked up close to the side of the altar where the assembled Logo was kept and deposited his/her lighted candles in front before leaving the Church for the night.
In the successive days talks on "Restlessness of spiritual search" and "Friendship in St. Augustine" were held. There were workshops on various issues ranging from religious, immigration, social justice, employment, sports, etc.