January 11, 2020 — Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Two Friars Solemnly Professed

Fr. Michael Di Gregorio, O.S.A.,Prior Provincial
(standing, left), receives the solemn vows of Br. Dan Madden, O.S.A and Br. Elizandro Contreras, O.S.A. (kneeling, left)

On Saturday, December 21, 2019,
Fr. Michael Di Gregorio
Prior Provincial
received the solemn vows professed by
Br. Dan Madden, O.S.A.
Br. Elizandro Contreras, O.S.A.
Family and friends gathered at Saint Thomas of Villanova Church for a beautiful liturgy. Br. Dan is to be ordained to the diaconate at Saint Rita’s Parish in Chicago, on January 11, 2020.

Join us in Florida this February!

Augustinian Spiritual Gathering
February 13, 2020

Fr. John Deary, O.S.A.,

Fr. Michael Hughes, O.S.A.
Fr. Michael Sullivan, O.S.A. 
 on February 13, 2020 for our Augustinian gathering in Southwest Florida!
We invite you to join us for the Celebration of Mass followed by reflection, prayer and a buffet supper. To R.S.V.P. by February 6, 2020,

please click here
or contact Andrew McKeough at (610) 527-3330 ext. 260. We look forward to seeing you in Florida!

Lay Augustinian Retreat
February 14- 16, 2020

On February 14th- 16th,
Fr. John Deary, O.S.A
. will give three talks on 
Augustine and Memory,
Augustine and Friends,
Augustine and Interiority
 plus Guided Reflections, Daily Eucharist & Common Prayer at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center.
Registration closes January 25th, 2020!

A New Video From the Shrine

Enjoy a new welcome video from the National Shrine of Saint Rita, created to encourage the offering of values and witness of Saint Rita of Cascia; a healer, reconciler, and peacemaker.
This video was created in collaboration with the
Augustinian Friars
, along with Jonathan Jerome, Director of the Shrine and Yulianna Saputro, Development Coordinator.

A.D.R.O.P. Celebrates Annual Christmas Party

A.D.R.O.P. celebrated their annual Adeodatus Christmas party on December 13
. Adeodatus and Mary Mother of Captives participants and volunteers were joined by guests from The Last Stop and The Open Door. A new tradition of an “indoor snowball fight” was enjoyed by all and can be seen pictured here!

A Conversation with the Head of School, 
Fr. Robert J. Murray, O.S.A., Ph.D. 
By: Fr. Robert J. Murray, O.S.A., Ph.D. and Sajan White

Below is an excerpt from this story, as featured in the Winter 2019 edition of
The Torch.
What drew you to the priesthood, most specifically the Order of St. Augustine? 
As is true of many who are called to religious life and ordained ministry, the call to serve God is something that I remember considering as a young boy. I was an altar boy in my parish and I found myself drawn to a life of service in the Church. My home parish was served by Diocesan priests, but we had Augustinians who assisted on weekends, which is where I was introduced to the community. Also, I always wanted to be involved in education and I knew that Augustinians, among other ministries, were involved in education. After high school, I attended Villanova for a year as a lay student. It was there that I came to know and appreciate the Augustinians. I found the Augustinians very down to earth, very real. I applied and have never looked back! 

January 11
Saint Eugene
“Don’t let Satan creep up on you, saying what he customarily says: ‘Enjoy yourself in God’s creation. Why did he make those things if not for you to enjoy them?’ And they get drunk, and they ruin themselves, and they forget their creator. As long as they use created things not temperately by inordinately, the creator is disdained. Of such persons the Apostle says, ‘They adored and served the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever.’ God doesn’t forbid you to love those things, but you must not love them in expectation of blessedness. Rather, you must favor and praise them in such a way that you love the creator.”

On the First Letter of John 2,11

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