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
The next Augustinian Youth Encounter will hold in David and Tolé (Panamá) between 15th and 20th January 2019. It will have as a theme: "Heaven and Earth proclaim your glory, Lord!" drawn from Confessions 10, 6.2. This was part of the discussion which the members of the International Youth Commission of the Order had during their meeting recently in Panamá. Other relevant information will be communicated soon.
A meeting of the young Augustinian friars, residing In Spain and Portugal, of OSAFEP with the Prior General took place 13-15 October at Colegio Mayor Mendel in Madrid. 23 friars participated in the meeting.
The atmosphere was very cordial and fraternal and directed toward a renewed and creative perspective. Three themes were discussed: the creation of the one new Province in Spain out of the four existing provinces; ministry for vocations; the Augustinians in Europe. The worthwhile discussion, both in small-group and plenary sessions produced a number of proposals.
There were also meaningful moments of prayer together. The Prior General, Fr. Alejandro Moral Antón, and the Assistant General, Fr. Luis Marin, presided at the various liturgies.
The General Council of the Order, presided by the Prior General, Fr. Alejandro Moral Antón, OSA met in Rome from September 18-28, 2017.
Among the topics discussed are the following:
Chapters: The Acts of the Chapter and the post-capitular nominations were approved for the following: England/Scotland, Mexico, Colombia, Ireland, Castilla, Brazil, and the Vicariate of Vienna. The beginning date and place was approved for the following Ordinary Chapters: Province of Holland (October 30, Helvoirt, Besinningscentrum); Province of Cebu (19 February, 2018 in the Santo Nino Spirituality Center, Consolacion, Cebu); Province of Spain (24 March, 2018 in the Monastery of Santa Maria de la Vid, Burgos); Province of Malta (First part 4 April 2018 and the second part 23 April, 2018 in the convent of Saint Mark the Evangelist, Rabat); Province of Villanova (10 June, 2018, in the Connelly Center, Villanova University); Province of Australia (2 July in Saint Augustine College, Brookvale); Province of Matritense (9 July, 2018 in Colegio San Agustin, Salamanca); Province of the Philippines (16 of July in Real Colegio Seminario de Valladolid); Vicariate of the Antillas (10 October 2017 in the Seminario de Bayamon, Puerto Rico; afterwards approval was given to transfer the place to the Dominican Republic because of the damage in Puerto Rico caused by the Hurricanes); Intermediate Chapter of the Province of Chile (2 October, 2017, in the Convento de Nuestra Señora de Gracia, Santiago).
Suspended Governance: Approval was given to suspend the ordinary governance of the Province of England/Scotland. The official name will remain, and the Province will be under the governance of the Province of Ireland.
Various Petitions: Diverse requests and petitions were considered and approved for dismissal, exclaustration, dispensation, along with particular cases and situations.
Nominations: Angelo Lemme: Director of the Pre-Novitiate in Brno; Nestor Bandalan as Treasurer of the Community in the Papal Sacristy; Donald Reilly as a member of the International Economic Commission.
Houses: The General Council was informed of the suppression of the following houses: Community house in Dar es Salaam (Delegation of Tanzania), Parish house of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Valencia (Vicariate of Venezuela); parish house of Nuestra Madre del Buen Consejo, León and the residence of San Juan de Sahagún, Madrid (Province of Castilla). The Erection of a new house in Virak, Philippines (Vicariate of the Orient) and of a house in Costa Rica (Vicariate of Panama).
Augustinian Nuns: Various themes were discussed regarding the Augustinian Nuns in diverse Monasteries in the Order.
Decisions of the Intermediate Chapter of 2016: The Council discussed the progress of many of the decisions from the Intermediate General Chapter which was held in Abuja, Nigeria in September 2016.
Meeting of the newly elected major superiors: The General Council met with the newly elected superiors to learn more about the current ministry in these circumscriptions. Those present were: Andrés Rivera (Province of Cebu), Wilson Posligua (Province of Quito) Vicente Valenzuela (Vicariate of Apurimac) and Matthias Schlögl (Vicariate of Vienna).
Economic Themes: Diverse themes were presented by the Economo general: budgets for various maintenance projects, new contracts, scholarships for students at Collegio Santa Monica, other economic themes.
Communications: dialogue with P. Michele Falcone about the area of Communication in the Order and the way of presenting ourselves through the various means of Social Communication. This theme will be treated more profoundly in November.
*Luis Marin: Provincial Chapter of Castilla; themes of the Italian Province and the Province of Malta, information regarding the Spanish Federation; the next course in Augustinian Spirituality organized by the Institute of Augustinian Spirituality will be in English; conclusion of the program of renewal for the Monastery of Lecceto, information about activities in Ecuador (ongoing formation) and Peru (retreat; themes of the Archives.
*Joseph Farrell: The communities that fall under the General Curia’s care; the visit in Nigeria; the Education Congress in Villanova, USA, together with P. Franz Klein; projects and work of the Commission for Initial Formation; Canonical visitation (part 1) of the Villanova Province; themes related to the Monastery of Augustinian Nuns in Nova Scotia, (Canada) and L’Aquila, (Italy).
*Franz Klein: Chapters in Ireland and the Vicariate of Vienna; Intermediate Chapter of the German Province; Meeting of the Organization of Augustinians in Europe (OAE), together with P. Luis Marin, in Prague; suppression of the community of St. Patrick (Rome); diverse invitations from Dr. Hans-Albert Courtial.
*Patricio Villalba: Ordinary Provincial Chapters of Mexico and Colombia; Canonical visit to the delegation in Central America; visit to the Vicariate of Bolivia; discussion of the agreement between the Province of Chile and the Vicariate of Bolivia; Meeting of the Major Superiors con the novices in the Novitiate in Lima; Congress of the Augustinian Fraternities of Latin America, in Colombia, together with P. Luis Marin; calendar of the process of unification of the Vicariates of Peru and information regarding the statutes.
*Edward Daleng: Themes of the Province of Nigeria and of other circumscriptions in Africa; meeting in San Gimignano organized by the Commission for Evangelization, together with P. Anthony Banks; Camino de Santiago with a group of young people; meeting in Panama in order to prepare for World Youth Day and the Augustinian Youth Encounter in January of 2019.
*Anthony Banks: Themes regarding the circumscriptions in Korea, Japan, West Papua and of the Asia Pacific Regions; reunions of OSAAP and APAC; meeting with Fr. Robert Dueweke, representative to of our NGO at the UN; meeting of the Vocations Commission in Chicago, together with P. Edward Daleng, meeting of the Secretariat for Justice and Peace in New York; update on the document on Poverty, requested by the Intermediate General Chapter.
*Alejandro Moral: Information on the letter sent to the Order commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reform; information on the Congress: “Luther and the Reform: Saint Augustine and the Augustinian Order”, which will take place in Rome, November 9-11, 2017.The next meeting of the council will be November 5-18, 2017 in Rome.
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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