English-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. 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.
Members of the 2014-2015 International English-Speaking Novitiate, in Racine, WI, USA. Every year a one-year 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.