December 14, 2019 — Augustinian eNews

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Fr. Bill Atkinson Presentation at St. Augustine Prep

On November 20, the St. Augustine Prep community had the chance to experience a presentation by Fr. Bryan Kerns, O.S.A. and three of Fr. Bill Atkinson’s siblings: Joan Mullen, Al Atkinson, and Pat McCaffrey.
To begin the morning,
Fr. Bryan Kerns, O.S.A.
, made a brief presentation to the students on the canonization process. And in preparation for the presentation, all of the St. Augustine Prep students viewed 
Step of Faith: The Father Bill Atkinson Story
in their theology classes.
Later, Mrs. Mullen spoke mostly to her brother’s life, and when the students had questions, she was ably assisted by her brother and sister. After the presentation, the Atkinson family had lunch with some Prep students, Bonner graduates on the faculty, and Augustinians.

Augustinian Family Educators’ Congress 2019

Last month the Asia Pacific Augustinian Conference held the Augustinian Family Educators’ Congress 2019 themed
 Truth, Unity, Love: Typically Augustinian Family Values
 in Bacolod, Philippines.
Fr. Gary McCloskey, O.S.A.
 attended and gave the keynote address. Also in attendance was
Fr. Masaki Imada, O.S.A.
of the Vicariate of the Japanese Martyrs of the Villanova Province, who discussed the intercultural and interfaith challenges.  

National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia
Receives $50,000 Donation

From Catholic Philly News: “The National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia had reason for thanksgiving last week as the St. Alfio Society of Pennsylvania gave a $50,000 donation to the shrine to further its mission and ministry in South Philadelphia.
The Nov. 25 donation was given with a prayer that it be “used to better the lives of those (the shrine) chooses to help, both young and old, and that ultimately it helps to make the world a better, safer, and more peaceful place.”

Celebrate Your Faith
Give a gift of inspiration this Christmas

HEARTS ON FIRE is a collection of short biographical sketches of saintly men and women venerated by the Augustinians. The entries follow the general calendar of the Order in 307 pages and recount the lives of 94 Saints, Blesseds and Servants of God who practiced Augustinian Spirituality in the pursuit of holiness.
This volume is a valuable companion for those who celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours according to the Augustinian calendar. The best sources available have been used to present profiles which are historically accurate, clear and up-to-date.

“The Random Creativity of Kindergartners”

Travis Vermulm, the Augustinian Volunteer at A.D.R.O.P., wrote a series of blog posts entitled, “The Random Creativity of Kindergartners”.
Check out the series at
 to learn about his interactions with the St. Anthony of Padua Regional Area Catholic School kindergarten class where he volunteers part of the time.

December 14
Saint John of the Cross
“Do not be slow to make a vow, for it is not through your own power that you will keep it. You will be found wanting if you trust in yourselves, but if you trust in him to whom you make your vow, then make a vow and you will keep it safely.”

Exposition on Psalm 75, 16

Support the Augustinians

As we near the end of the 2019 tax year and as you consider your year-end charitable giving, please consider a gift to the Augustinian Fund. The Augustinian Fund was established in 2006 to build a reliable source of annual revenue to assist the Province in meeting its financial responsibilities. Years ago, the friars’ earned salaries were sufficient to cover all our expenses. Today, however, with fewer friars in active ministry and salaried we must rely on the generosity of friends and benefactors to help us sustain and grow our way of life and the ministries we perform. If you are 70 1/2 and own a traditional IRA, you qualify to make a tax-free gift today in support of the Augustinians.