claireEnglish-speaking Augustinians have been welcoming enquirers for more than 750 years, since the founding of Clare Priory in England in 1244, pictured at left.

We west-coast Augustinians welcome candidates, between 18 and 45 years of age, who have the same desires as those first friars in England: a desire to help create vibrant community life, with daily prayer and Mass together, study, and service to others, (which with us is helping create schools with a religious and family spirit, parishes with Augustine’s sense of community, or helping in our service to the poor).

Exploring a vocation with us is as easy as 1-2-3.

1) Make contact with Fr. Tom Whelan, O.S.A., the vocation director for the Province of St.enquirer2008 Augustine, by email or calling (415) 387-3626. In your message give him your postal address so he can send you information about our Order, our history and traditions, and our formation program. He will help you to get acquainted with the Augustinians in the community closest to you.
2) After getting acquainted with the Augustinians, you will have a chance to take part in a Discernment Retreat at St. Augustine Monastery, San Diego, held each spring and fall. You will meet Order members there, candidates living in community, and other enquirers. You will also visit sites where Augustinians are in ministry.
3) If you have enjoyed your visits and experiences with the Augustinians and the feeling is reciprocal, you will be invited to make an application. Upon acceptance, you will try living the Augustinian way of life at St. Rita House, in San Francisco, as a pre-novice.

Vov.Retreat.Fall2013The photo on the left shows those who took part in the 2013 Fall Vocation Discernment Retreat at the Augustinian Monastery in San Diego. This photo was taken in the monastery chapel. Our Province has two discernment retreats each year. Those who have expressed an interest in the Augustinians and religious life, gather together to ask themselves how God is calling them; meet for discussions about St. Augustine; listen to presentations by Augustinian friars in various ministries; ask questions; and visit several Augustinian ministries in and near San Diego. Discernment leads to contemplation, followed by action, about how God is calling you. Is God calling you? Email Fr. Tom Whelan for the next retreat date.



Members of the 2014-2015 International English-Speaking Novitiate, in Racine, WI, USA. Every year a one-yeNovitiate Community at Christmas Croppedar novitiate class begins in late August. The novices focus on prayer, both personal and communal, Augustinian spirituality, Augustinian history, and personal formation in Augustinian community life as they discern their calls to religious lives as Augustinians. They participate in pastoral ministries in the greater Milwaukee, WI area, and join other religious orders’ novitiate communities for joint days of recollection and ministry.




Cole Street 2014.3inchCurrent members of the West Coast Augustinian pre-novitiate community in San Francisco, CA are Cole Dryden, Fr. Tom Whelan, OSA, SarfAdhan Ghaniaz Alam, and Dominic Smith. Adhan Ghani joined the community in January.  They are engaged in college studies throughout the Bay Area and various ministries which include involvement in local parishes and food programs for the poor in downtown San Francisco. Email, or call Fr. Tom if you would like more information about this community of young men exploring their vocational calls.

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