June 6, 2020 — Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

“With minds and hearts provoked …
we Augustinians recommit ourselves …”  

We Augustinian Friars of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova,
join the voices and prayers of countless people, shamed and outraged at the killing of Mr. George Floyd, to lament, as well, the failure of our nation to secure the full measure of justice to our black brothers and sisters, and to all who are denied human dignity. With our minds and hearts provoked by Mr. Floyd’s death, symbolic of so many lives destroyed by bigotry, racism and injustice, we recommit ourselves
– and invite all people of good will also – to the work of reforming policies and changing structures that impede freedom, justice, peace
and opportunity for all. As people of faith, we know that the teachings of Jesus on love and justice are unambiguous. May Jesus himself give us the will and the courage to live them faithfully.
Fr. Michael Di Gregorio, O.S.A.,
Prior Provincial

Solidarity and Hope in the Pandemic

“On Sunday March 15th, the Peruvian President addressed the nation and announced a complete and immediate quarantine across the country requiring all by essential services to remain in their homes as a response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. This new and dramatic reality required a quick response guided by our Christian faith and the charism and spirituality of the Augustinian Order. To walk together promoting unity and solidarity was the only way forward…”

Villanova names Fr. Kevin DePrinzio, O.S.A.
VP for Mission and Ministry

From CatholicPhilly.com:
Fr. Kevin DePrinzio, O.S.A.
has been named vice president for mission and ministry at Villanova University, effective
July 1.
In the role he will oversee the university’s Office for Mission and Ministry, which plays a vital role in ensuring Villanova’s commitment to living out its Augustinian Catholic mission…”

An Introduction to the Confessions of Saint Augustine

Fr. Art Purcaro, O.S.A., continues to encourage you to read the
of Saint Augustine and describes Book X as a ‘hinge’; that which moves away from the narrative of Augustine’s life and toward the preparation of studying the Trinity.

The Shrine Moves to the
Yellow Phase

St. Augustine Prep Students Lead by Example

St. Augustine Prep students demonstrate Augustinian Values during the pandemic by helping out their community in a variety of ways. They have sewn masks for their local healthcare workers, delivered food to senior citizens, and distributed hot meals to those in their community.

Augustinians Distribute Food at
St. Rita of Cascia

In May, volunteers helped distribute food at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church in Chicago, IL., to over 500 families in need because of ramifications from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Br. Elizandro Contreras, O.S.A
speaks with
Fr. Homero Sanchez, O.S.A.
, who organized volunteers and resources to help people during this time of hardship.

The Next Generation of Augustinian Friars

The Augustinian Formation Program leads new friars along a journey of academic and spiritual growth, developing both the mind and the heart in service to one another and to God’s people. Please assist us in preparing the next generation of Augustinian Friars. Be the difference, support our friars in formation with a gift to the M. Louise Fitzpatrick Fund for Formation.

June 6
“When the strong winds of its desires try to take hold of you, call for help and awaken Christ sleeping in the cabin of your heart.”
-Sermon 76, 9

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