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25th Jubilee Celebration at Tagaste Monastery, New York PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:50

Frs. Fidel Hernandez and Marlon Beof celebrated their 25th anniversary of religious profession with a morning Mass in the Tagaste chapel on Saturday, September 9. Fr. Michael Rafferty, prior provincial was main celebrant and homilist with Frs. John Gruben, prior, John Oldfield, Fredric Abiera and several visiting priests as concelebrants. The Tagaste (Spanish) choir led the music including the chanting of the Litany of the Saints. Afterward SAR and Guild members enjoyed a very satisfying lunch provided by the Hispanic community.

Jubilee Mass: Frs. Michael Rafferty (c) with Frs. Marlon Beof (l) and Fidel Hernandez and concelebrating priests and servers.

 

Frs. Fidel (l) and Marlon renew their religious vows at Jubilee Mass.


 


 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:00
 
Formation Retreat in Cuernavaca, Mexico. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 September 2017 03:12

As part of the process of the union of the provinces of St. Augustine and St. Nicholas of Tolentine, the Commission for the Union of both Provinces sent Fr. Fredric Abiera, OAR, to Casa de la Recoleccion in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to join the 9 postulants of Postulantado San Agustin (El Hueso, Mexico, D.F.) for their annual retreat on September 14-17, 2017. Fr. Javier Monroy, currently a General Councilor and prior of the community of Collegio Sant' Ildefonso in Rome, Italy, was the retreat master who led the talks, prayers, and sharing. The purpose of Fr. Abiera's trip, as recommended by the commission, was to get familiarized with the formation program of the Vicariate of Mexico-Costa Rica, and also as part of the interprovincial experience, even just for a few days, thus, showing a good symbol of cooperation between the two provinces as the date for the union of both provinces is getting closer (in May of 2018). Fr. Javier Acero, OAR, the vicar of the Vicariate of Mexico-Costa Rica, Fr. Oscar Castellanos, OAR, the formator of the postulants, and Fray Jorge Quiroz, OAR, recent graduate of the formation house in Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain, were also present at the retreat. The topic of the retreat was "The Augustinian experience of God." Fr. Monroy challenged all those present to examine the "desire of his heart" and "his search for the truth." Indeed, this 3-day retreat offered all those present a wonderful experience of community living and Augustinian Sprituality.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:02
 
2nd Meeting of the Commission for the Union of the Provinces of Saint Augustine and St. Nicholas PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 September 2017 14:39

On September 5-6, 2017, the seven members of the Commission for the Union of the Provinces of St. Nicholas and St. Augustine gathered at the Provincial Residence, St. Cloud Monastery, West Orange, New Jersey, for its second meeting. The first meeting was held in April of this year. The Prior General, Fr. Miguel Miró, OAR, led the discussions. Fr. John Michael Rafferty, OAR, Prior Provincial of St. Augustine Province, was joined by Fr. Fredric Abiera, OAR, and Fr. Marlon Beof, OAR, to represent St. Augustine Province. Fr. Sergio Sánchez, OAR, Prior Provincial of St. Nicholas Province, was joined by Fr. Rafael Mediavilla, OAR, and Fr. Benjamín Miguélez, OAR, to represent St. Nicholas Province. The commission discussed and confronted various issues related to the planned union of both provinces to pave the way for an ordered Provincial Chapter in May of 2018 and for a smooth transition to a unified province. The day after the meeting, Fr. General, accompanied by Fr. Sergio, Fr. Rafael, Fr. Benjamin, and Fr. Fredric, visited Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York, to meet with Fr. John Gruben, Fr. John Oldfield, and Fr. Fidel Hernández. After spending the morning at Tagaste Monastery, they joined the community of St. Nicholas Monastery, Union City, New Jersey, for lunch. Fr. Rafferty and Fr. Beof were also present at the gathering in Union City.


Members of the Commission for the union of both provinces.

 

during the meeting...

 

Members of the Commission with the community of St. Nicholas Monastery, Union City, New Jersey.

 

St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Nicholas of Tolentine... together!

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 September 2017 14:52
 
Funeral Arrangement for Father James D. McGuire, OAR PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 September 2017 00:34
Thursday, September 14th: Viewing at Saint Benedict Parish, Montebello, California, from 1:00PM-9:00PM, with Vigil at 7:00PM.
Friday, September 15th: Funeral Mass at 11:00AM at saint Benedict Parish, Montebello, California, followed by reception in the Parish Hall.
The burial will be in Kansas City, Kansas.
Continuing our prayers for the eternal repose of the soul of our brother, Father James D. McGuire, OAR. May he rest in peace.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 September 2017 13:33
 
+ Father James D. McGuire, OAR 1929- 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 September 2017 15:41

+ Father James D. McGuire, OAR

1929- 2017

 

Fr. Provincial, John Michael Rafferty, OAR, was informed at 8:30 this morning (September 8, 2017) by Fr. Frank Wilder, OAR, Associate Pastor of St. Benedict Parish, that Father James D. McGuire, OAR, died early this morning at Rio Hondo Convalescent Hospital in Montebello, California. He was 88 years old. Fr. James was the former Provincial of Saint Augustine Province and former Prior General of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. Most recently, he served as an Associate Pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Montebello, California.

Let us pray for the eternal repose of the soul of our brother, Father James D. McGuire, OAR.

May he rest in peace.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 September 2017 17:53
 
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