Rev. Jerome Bevilacqua O.S.A., December 11, 2016

jerry-bevIt is with no small blend of sadness mixed with gratitude and joy that the Augustinian Province of St. Augustine in California announces the death of our brother, Rev. Jerome Bevilacqua O.S.A. He died December 11th from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Fr. Jerry was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania on August 3, 1937 to Jerome Bevilacqua and Florence (Pinko) Bevilacqua. He was the first of the five Bevilacqua children, including Dale, Frances, David, and Marcia.

Just before becoming a teenager, Fr. Jerry’s parents moved their family to San Diego. He graduated from St. John of the Cross School in 1952. Later that year he was introduced to the Augustinians when he entered St. Augustine ‘s High School. Not long after his graduation, he entered the Augustinian novitiate and professed vows in 1958.He made a solemn profession of vows (life commitment) on February 1, 1961. He was ordained a priest on January 30, 1965.

Jerry loved to learn and always found books to be among his favorite companions. He graduated from Villanova University in 1961, and Augustinian College in 1965. In addition to his love for theology, Fr. Jerry specialized in Library Science.

In the first four years after his ordination, Fr. Jerry ministered as a high school teacher (Villanova Preparatory and St. Augustine’s) and parish priest (St. Thomas Aquinas in Ojai.) It was while he was on a year-long retreat (1969-70) at a hermitage in Palestine, Texas that his call to be both a contemplative and an evangelizer was nurtured and affirmed by his Augustinian superiors. In the forty-five years that followed, his ministry led him to an almost continual weekly bible class, the establishment of a retreat and contemplation center at Tierra del Sol, a focus on the healing and (eventual) deliverance ministries, and a spiritual director for a countless number of people. Fr. Jerry was buried in the Augustinian plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego, CA.

Please include in your prayers Fr. Jerry, his sister, nieces and nephews, his caregivers at Stellar Care and Apreva Hospice, the Augustinian family, and all those who ministered with and to him.

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Campus Ministry at St Augustine High School

sta-16-campus-ministryThe 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.

October 2016 Discernment Weekend

Oct 2016 Discernment WeekendThree young men joined the Augustinian Community at St Augustine Monastery for the Discernment Weekend on Oct 7-9. Juan, Justin & Aries were this year’s participants.

Over the course of the weekend, the young men had a chance to get to know the community. Fr Carlos & Bro Max coordinated the weekend, and arranged two evening sessions where they learned about Augustine, The Order, and the Vocation stories of some of the members of the Community. A Tour of St Augustine High School & St Patricks Parish were arranged. On Saturday Evening Bro Dominic & Fr Mark discussed Formation, the Novitiate, & Ministry.