May 23, 2020 — Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Fr. John J. Byrnes, O.S.A.
March 20, 1926—May 8, 2020

John Joseph Byrnes

was born on March 20, 1926, in Milton, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas N. Byrnes and Mary McGill. He had two brothers and three sisters. John was baptized on April 18, 1926, at Sacred Heart Church, Quincy, and attended Francis Parker Grammar School, North Quincy, and North Quincy High School. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1944 until 1946, after which he attended the School of Saint Philip Neri for Delayed Vocations for one year. He then enrolled at Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, New York, as a postulant, and was received into the Order as a novice on September 9, 1948.

Augustinian Mass Cards

The Augustinian Guild was established as a ministry of prayer so that we might share with others the spiritual riches of our religious community. Individuals enrolled in the Guild, both living and deceased, share in our Masses, prayers and works. Donations to the Guild, in turn, assist us in our Province Mission, in the care of elderly and infirm friars, and in the training of future members to our Order.

In the Chulucanas Vicariate (Peru) the coronavirus pandemic is hitting the infected people very hard, but also those families that depend economically on the work carried out day by day. In Chulucanas, the need of the people has increased dramatically. The parish of San José Obrero, through the parish priest, Fr. Rogelio Adrianzen Viera, in coordination with the Bishop, has distributed basic food to the families most in need of help.

An Introduction to the Confessions of Saint Augustine

Fr. Art Purcaro, O.S.A., continues to encourage you to read the
Confessions
of Saint Augustine and describes Book VIII as, “getting to the heart of the matter.”

New Video: Saint Rita of Cascia in Modern Life

In the midst of this pandemic, a lot of people are experiencing feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear, and isolation. Saint Rita, because of various events in her own life, dealt with all of these feelings too, and she pressed on because she deeply trusted in the Lord. That’s a great message to proclaim today and always. Let us be living witnesses of perseverance, hope, and deep faith in God, as modeled by Saint Rita of Cascia. 
EWTN broadcasted Saint Rita’s Feast Day Mass live yesterday. Even though people have had to take a rain check on visiting the Shrine in person this year, their virtual presence ensured us that the message and story of Saint Rita’s life lives on! 

Saint Rita, our advocate & protectress, pray for us.

Lay Augustinian Donates PPE to Monastery

Alenka Hocevar, Health Care Director at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery, accepted a delivery of 100
N-95 masks from Lay Augustinian Julianne Marino for use by the friars and staff in the monastery. The friars continue to be in quarantine and receive excellent care, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors.

May 23
SAINT DESIDERIO
“Take away envy, and what I have is yours too. The envious temper puts men apart; soundness of mind unites them.”
-On Saint John 32, 8-9

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