The Province of St. Augustine Mid-Chapter took place at the end of January 2017. Many members of the Province, including Very Rev. Joe Farrell OSA, Vicar General of the Order of St. Augustine, concelebrated with Rev. Alvin Paligutan OSA as the principal celebrant and homilist. The Mass was celebrated in the Dougherty Gym at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, CA. The student body also participated in the Mass. Bro. Dominic Smith OSA was the photographer.
The Campus Ministry at St Augustine High School in San Diego is seeing some additions. Fr Kirk Davis is the new Chaplain, and Director of Liturgy. Nicole Quirk, a member of last year’s Augustinian Volunteer community, is the new Director of Christian Service. Fr Mark Menegatti retains his position as Director of Retreats. Bro Maxime Villeneuve, on his pastoral year, teaches two classes, and assists in various Campus Ministry Projects. Jonathan Heisler, a member of this year’s Augustinian Volunteer community, is assigned to Campus Ministry for the year.
Saints Campus Ministry provides weekly Liturgy to students. Bro Max has been focusing assistance here as Fr Kirk transitions into his new role. Fr Kirk has also relied on members of the St Augustine Monastery Community, including Fr Harry Neely, Fr Gary Sanders, and Fr John Grace to hear Confessions on Tuesdays.
The Christian Service Program at Saints includes a variety of opportunities for Saintsmen to be involved in their community. Christian Service provides rotating Spring Break trips, monthly Hogar Infantil trips, weekly Vincent de Paul village trips, and other helpful connections to the students.
The Retreat Program offers annual all-class retreats to each grade, as well as an opportunity for Seniors to attend Kairos. On a weekly basis Jonathan assists Fr Mark in preparing students to serve as leaders on each of these retreats throughout the year.
Pictured with Prior Provincial Kevin Mullins, OSA are newly professed Augustinian Friars Adnan Ghani, OSA, Dominic Smith, OSA, and Sarfaz Alan, OSA. They professed their vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in the Order of St. Augustine along with their novitiate classmates in the St. Rita High School Chapel in Chicago, IL on July 31, 2016.
Rev. Carlos Medina, OSA was Ordained to the Presbyterate on June 11, 2016 by the Most Rev. Robert Prevost, OSA at St. Patrick’s Church in San Diego, CA. The photos show his prostration during the singing of the litany of saints, his actual ordination, the anointing of his hands, Fr. Harry Neely, OSA, the senior member of the Province of St. Augustine, blessing Carlos after he was ordained by Bishop Prevost, Fr. Carlos conferring his first blessing as a priest on Bishop Prevost, and Carlos thanking all present for assisting in and witnessing his Ordination. Photos by Arturo Rentoria, pnOSA