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You made us for yourself, oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

Saint Augustine

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Dublin, Ireland
The Order's international commission for Centers of Education met in Dublin, Ireland from 24-25 November, 2014...
Rome, Italy
November 2014
Today, Thursday, 6 November 2014, the news was announced that our brother, Donatus Aihmiosion Ogun, OSA, of the Province of Nigeria, has been named by Pope Francis as Bishop of the Diocese of Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria....
Rome, Italy
November 2014
Today, Monday, 3 November 2014, the news was announced that our brother, Robert Francis Prevost, OSA, of the Province of Chicago, has been named by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator with episcopal character for the diocese of Chiclayo, Peru....
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Cascia, Italy
September-October 2014
The Assembly of the “Mother of Good Council” Federation of Augustinian Monasteries of Italy opened on last Sunday of September...
Panamá
September 2014
The Chapter Assembly of the Vicariate of St. Thomas of Villanova in Panama was held from the 10th to the 12th of September presided over by Fr. Alejandro Moral, OSA prior general...
Jos, Nigeria
On 28th August 2014, the Nigerian Augustinians gathered together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the presence of the Order in Nigeria...

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Solemn Profession

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
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

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
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

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)

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
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
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

Spirituality

The spirituality of the Order, whose principal features are presented here, proceeds from the following of Christ according to the teachings of the Gospel and the action of the Holy Spirit. Its principal point of reference is the teaching and example of Saint Augustine, complemented by the tradition of the Order. The principal document of our spirituality is the Rule, which must direct our lives and action. Augustinian spirituality, developed over time, and enriched by the example and teachings of our forebears, ought to be lived according to the circumstances of time, place, and culture and in harmony with our charism.

Evangelical and ecclesial aspects

The fundamental norm of religious life is the following of Christ, set out in the Gospel, that motivates us to live in love according to our particular consecration. So above all, we must have love for God and for our neighbor (Mt 22,40), as the supreme norm of the Gospel and the mandate of Jesus to his disciples, after the model of the early community of the Church in Jerusalem, established under the holy apostles (see Acts 2:42-47).

To love Christ means to love the Church which is his Body, mother of Christians and depository of the revealed truth. In the Church, “we have been made into Christ. If he is the Head, we are his members,” for “the whole Christ is the Head and the Body.” Let us be,therefore, witnesses of intimate union with God and a leaven of unity for the whole human race.

The Christian life will be renewed daily in us and will flourish in the Order if each of us will “assiduously read, devoutly listen to, and earnestly learn” the Sacred Scriptures, especially the New Testament, because “almost every page resounds of nothing but Christ and the Church.” Moreover, the friars should remember that prayer should accompany the reading of Scripture so that there may be a dialogue between God and man.

The Eucharist is the daily sacrifice of the Church, the Body of Christ, which offers itself to God in him. Therefore, all of us who have consecrated ourselves to Christ, who is loved above all things, should experience the same love for that great mystery that set the heart of Saint Augustine on fire. For the Eucharist is the sign and cause of the Church’s unity in the bond of love, and inspires apostolic activity and involvement in the world and in history.

We are all members of the Whole Christ together with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary is the sign of the Church: “she gave corporal birth to the Head of this Body. The Church gave spiritual birth to the members of this Head.Because of her authentic faith, firm hope and sincere love Mary accompanies us while we journey in this life and sustains our apostolic activity.

The Search for God and Interiority

We tend towards God continually and insatiably, consciously and unconsciously, in order to enjoy the infinite good that fulfils our desire for happiness, because God has made us for himself and our hearts are restless until they rest in him.” For that reason, our common dedication is to seek without limits Him who should be loved without limits. But we cannot seek God together, except in Christ Jesus, the Word made flesh for us. He is for us the way, the truth and the life, such that starting from the visible flesh we arrive at the invisible God. For this reason, personal and community prayer, study and the cultivation of knowledge, reflection on the realities of our time and apostolic activity, are indispensable factors in our search, which lead us to the things which are the concerns of society. For nothing human is foreign to us, but rather involves us more in the world, the ambit of God's love (see Jn 3:16) and of encounter with him.

Communion of life

Love comes from God and unites us with God, and through this unifying process it transforms us, so that overcoming all divisions, we are made one, until finally God is all in all (see 1Cor 15,28). This communion of life which Augustine proposes to us in imitation of the primitive apostolic community (see Acts 2:42-47), is an anticipation of complete and definitive union in God and the way to achieve it. While it is true that this “holy sharing of life” among the brothers is a gift of God, still each one of us must make an intense effort at perfecting it until unity in love is achieved. This unity in love, composed of many souls, will continue to exist in the heavenly city, which "will be the perfection of our unity after life’s pilgrimage.” Our communities ought to strive on earth to be signs of this unity, keeping the example of the perfect community of the undivided Trinity before our eyes.

Service to the Church and Evangelization

Following the example of Saint Augustine, love for the Church brings us to a total availability for its needs, by accepting the tasks which the Church asks of us, according to the charism of the Order. Friars should remember that this availability for service to the Church constitutes one of the essential characteristics of Augustinian spirituality. In addition, when we are open to the world we feel ourselves in solidarity with the human family and involved in its concerns, especially through an openness to the needs of the poor and the suffering, in the knowledge that the more we are united to Christ the more fruitful will our apostolate be.

Finally, in order that our Order may always go forward in keeping with its true spirituality, the friars should strive to offer "free service to God," not forced by necessity, but moved by love. Without seeking their own righteousness (see Rom 3:10-20; Gal 2:16) let them do all things for the glory of God, who works all things in all (see 1 Cor 12,6). Let them live in the assurance that: "It is a grace of God that the brothers live in community; it is not the result of their own doing or their own merits; rather it is his gift." This is to fulfill the saying of the Rule that we should observe all our obligations in a spirit of charity "as lovers of spiritual beauty ... not as slaves living under the law but as men living in freedom under grace." We who have been freely created and redeemed, freely called and justified, should render thanks to God and carry out our mission in peace and humility, rejoicing in hope and in the expectation of the crown of life (Rev 2:10), by which God, in rewarding our good deeds, will in fact be doing nothing more than crowning his own gifts.