June 20, 2020 — Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Brother Atsushi Returns to Japan

Following five years of initial formation here in the United States,
Brother Atsushi Kuwahara, O.S.A.,
returned this week to his native Japan to complete his studies leading to Solemn Profession and ordination to the priesthood. Brother Atsushi is one of nine Japanese friars who, with one American and two Filipino friars, form the Vicariate of the Augustinian Martyrs of Japan, within the wider Villanova Province. In Japan the friars minister in four parishes: in Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Tokyo. We wish Brother Atsushi well and thank him for his contribution to our common life here during his stay.

Book XII

Fr. Arthur Purcaro, O.S.A.,
 you to take up Book XII of the 
 of Saint Augustine, where Augustine encourages us to think about God the Son.

The Shrine Reopens During the Yellow Phase


Area shrines slowly reopen as COVID restrictions ease’:
“With COVID-19 restrictions gradually lifting, many area shrines are beginning to once again welcome visitors – but devotions will look a little different for now.
As with archdiocesan parish liturgies, face masks, social distancing and sanitation are required for shrine pilgrims, who are advised to stay home if they are experiencing any possible coronavirus symptoms…”

Become an Immigrant Advocate

A.D.R.O.P., through support by the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, is offering scholarships for students to enroll in VIISTA, Villanova University’s new 100% online certificate program to train immigrant advocates for justice. 

 is here!

The Augustinian Volunteers are trying something new! In order to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the AVs have taken the Summer 2020 Newsletter digital!
In this issue, learn more about how volunteers are honoring their commitment to service, spirituality and community in these challenging times.

Thank You From the Augustinian Fund

Thank you to the over 2,000 donors who made a contribution to the Augustinian Fund in fiscal year 2019-20. Your kindness impacts the friars’ lives, their ministries and those whom they serve. You are the difference that allows us to advance our mission to serve the Church and God’s people. We depend on your generosity for our livelihood and our work, and for this we are incredibly grateful.

June 20

Just from the fact that you try to avoid evil, you improve yourself, and you begin to desire what is good.
-Sermon on 1 John 9, 5

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