In Special Recognition of Fr. John Gaffney OSA

In Special Recognition of Fr. John Gaffney OSA

This year, we are hosting a special Reception Honoring the Augustinians of Tulsa.  Dozens of Augustinians friars have made tremendous impacts on the lives of thousands in Tulsa, particularly at Cascia Hall Preparatory School, where the Order has served since 1926.  One friar in particular we will be honoring is Father John Gaffney, O.S.A., who has been a professed Augustinian for an astounding 77 years!

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Fr. Bernie Scianna OSA at the 2016 Augustinian Mid-Chapter in Nigeria

Fr. Bernie Scianna OSA at the 2016 Augustinian Mid-Chapter in Nigeria

In September 2016, Augustinian leaders from across the world are congregating in Nigeria for the international Mid-chapter for the Order.  The Mid-chapter serves as a time when provincials and other leaders can meet and evaluate the progress that the Augustinians are making on their six-year goals.  Here are remarks from the Very Reverend Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D., who is the Prior Provincial of the Augustinians in the Midwest United States, Canada, and Northern Peru:

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Our Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Book: Reflection from the Author

Our Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Book:  Reflection from the Author

On August 28, 2016, the Midwest Augustinians published a book to commemorate the Midwest Province's 75th anniversary.  The books are being mailed out throughout the month of September and are also available for sale online.  Patrick T. Murphy, the book's author and the Midwest Augustinians' Associate Director for Communications, reflected on writing the book over the past year.

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11 Novices Profess Vows as Augustinians

11 Novices Profess Vows as Augustinians

We are truly blessed to welcome 11 men into the Augustinian Order!  Their professions were made at Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel in Chicago on Sunday, July 31.  When men profess their vows as Augustinians (vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience), they are furthering their commitment to be a part of the Augustinian Order.  They do so after a year of contemplative prayer at the Augustinian Novitiate in Racine, Wisconsin.  As professed brothers, they will now study theological courses at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago to better prepare them to become solemnly professed friars and ordained priests.

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I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: Father Pizzo's Ministry with Imprisoned Migrant Families

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: Father Pizzo's Ministry with Imprisoned Migrant Families

Earlier this year, Father Tony Pizzo, O.S.A., the Augustinian pastor at Saint Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago, gave a presentation to the United Nations Conference on Migration.  The presentation highlights the importance that we, as baptized Christians, are called upon to be welcoming to all of our brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of their country of origin.  His ministry also highlights the need to practice the corporal work of mercy to visit the imprisoned.  Read his speech here.

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