Emmanuel Isaac, Pre-Novice is invested in the Habit

image1Emmanuel Isaac, one of the new Pre-Novices at the St Augustine Monastery Community, was invested with the Tunic & Cincture of the Order.

Novices Receive their Habits

Augustinian Novices, Novitiate Community & ProvincialsOn the Feast of St Nicholas of Tolentino twelve Augustinian Novices received their habits. Very Rev. Kevin Mullins OSA and Very Rev. Bernie Scianna OSA Priors Provincial of the Westcoast and Midwest Provinces joined the Augustinian community at Saint Rita’s Church in Racine, Wisconsin for the ceremony.

Novices from the California Province are Sarfraz Alam, Adnan Ghani, Cole Dryden and Dominic Smith.

Novices from the Midwest Province are Fr Joe Broudou, Bobby Carroll, Joseph Roccasalva, Sam Joutras, and Jeff Raths.

Novices from the Villanova Province are Elizandro Contreras, Daniel Madden and Atsushi Kuwahara of the Japanese Vicariate.

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Photos courtesy of Dominic Smith, nOSA


San Diego Celebration of St Augustine’s Day

Everyone enjoys Phil's BBQ at the St Augustine Day CelebrationOn the morning of the Feast of St. Augustine, members of the Augustinian communities in San Diego, as well as the students of St Augustine School, gathered in the gym to celebrate Mass. Each year, Saints begins their school year on the week when Saint Augustine’s Feast Day is celebrated. During the school year, Mass is celebrated every Wednesday as the beginning of that school day.

On the afternoon of the 28th, the friars celebrated Evening Prayer for the Feast of St. Augustine. Joining the Saint Augustine Monastery community were the Austin House community, Augustinian Seculars and Affiliates, Mr. Ed Hearne, the President of Saints, several current and former staff members of Saint Augustine High School, and staff members of Saint Patrick’s Parish.

During Evening Prayer, deceased members of the province were called to mind and prayed for, as well as prayers for continued fire in all Augustinian ministries throughout the world.

Keeping with tradition, after Evening Prayer, a BBQ was served on Vasey Patio.

New Members of Saint Augustine Community in San Diego

Mauricio Morales begins his pre-novitiate in St Augustine in San Diego

Mauricio Morales

The community of Saint Augustine Monastery in San Diego has grown during the summer.

After completing his term as Provincial, Father Gary Sanders OSA has been appointed the new prior of the community, as well as Formation Director of the Province. The community is also joined by Fr. Paul Quante OSA, who moved from Our Lady of Grace Church in Castro Valley, CA.

With Fr. Gary as Formation Director, the discernment and pre-novitiate community has moved to the Saint Augustine Monastery. Philip Yang OSA, having finished an intensive Spanish language program during the summer, is now living in this community as he continues his pastoral year. He will be assisting with the Spanish-speaking ministry at St Patrick’s Church in San Diego, and work with the Korean-speaking community at St. Columba Church.

Arturo Renteria begins the pre-novitiate at St Augustine in San Diego

Arturo Rentoria

In addition to Philip, Mauricio Morales and Arturo Renteria will begin their pre-novitiate formation year while taking classes at San Diego City College and Mesa College.


Los Angeles Friars and Affiliates on St. Augustine’s Day

St.Augustine.Day.2015Augustinian Affiliates Rose Ann Habershaw, Alma Bonino, and Art Habershaw, joined Fr. Jim Retzner OSA, Fr. Jim Mott OSA, and Fr. Tom Davis OSA for dinner on August 28th for a community celebration of St. Augustine’s Day.