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 Congress: "Luther and the Reformation: Saint Augustine and the Augustinian Order" is being broadcast on the television service: Telepace (in Italian)
The General Council of the Order, presided by the Prior General, P. Alejandro Moral Antón, met in Rome from November 6 – 16, 2017.
Among other themes discussed were the following:
Chapters: Approval of the Acts of the Chapter and the post-capitular nominations from the Ordinary Provincial Chapter of Nigeria. Approval of the beginning dates and places for the following Ordinary Chapters: Province of Belgium (2 April, 2018 in Gent, Belgium), Province of Michoacán (25 June, 2018 in the Centro de Espiritualidad Agustiniana, “Casa Hipona”, Moroleón).
Personnel: Discussions on various petitions for exclaustration, and other particular circumstances.
Collegio Santa Monica: Approval of renewal of temporary vows of the professed students. Approval of nominations of the “padri student” representatives for the local Chapter.
Houses: The General Council was informed of the request to suppress the house in Benevento (Italy) and the request to erect a house in Mocoa (Colombia). The Prior General has approved both requests.
Circumscriptions and Communities: The General Council discussed various themes regarding our presence in Nigeria, Brazil, Italy, Abbey of Brno, Collegio Santa Monica, Pontifical Sacristy, and Sant’ Anna Parish in the Vatican.
Province of Belgium: The Superior Provincial of the Province of Belgium was invited to meet with the General Council to discuss diverse themes.
Ratio Institutionis: Progress continues to be made regarding the final presentation of the Ratio Institutionis at the General Chapter 2019. A web page has been developed and friars are encouraged to participate and contribute to the Forum section of the web page. There will be a Congress in Rome for Formators and the Ratio July 2-6, 2018.
Structures of the Order: Discussions took place regarding the criteria that need to be considered for a possible revision of the structures of the Order.
Economy: The Economo General shared information regarding various economic themes, works and budgets. The Balance sheet of income and expenses from last year and the proposed budget for the coming year were approved.
Communication: The General Council met with P. Michele Falcone regarding Communications in the Order.
Commissions of the Order: The composition of membership in each commission was reviewed.
Luther Congress: Evaluation of the Congress which took place in Rome, November 9-11, 2017.The next meeting of the General Council will take place in Rome, January 29-February 10, 2018.
The Economic Commission of the Order has just conducted a Congress for the Bursars of our circumscriptions. The aims of the Congress were to
1. prepare the whole Order to discuss how we might better share our resources across the Order in the years to come
2. consider how we might accomplish the first four Acts of the Intermediate General Chapter, including greater transparency and accountability across all levels of the Order
3. review the role of the Econome in light of modern social realities and legal requirements
The tasks that lie ahead for the Order are considerable and the requirements on our Economes are considerable; after the Congress the Bursar’s have departed with significant information for the future, good dialogue among themselves and have left the Economic Commission with guidelines for the preparation of discussion papers to be looked at by all circumscriptions next year and for the preparation of draft documents for reporting by all circumscriptions at future General Chapters.
It was clear to the Economes that they have roles as managers of investments, as caretakers of the Order’s goods, as servants of the Provincial and Council and a special task as watchdogs over the economic reputation of the Order. Thank God for their dedication!
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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