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The Augustinian Recollects of the Brazilian Province, gathered in a Chapter, plan their renewal and restructuring PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2012 09:31


Under the headship of Miguel Miró, Prior General of the Order, the representatives of the religious of the Province of Saint Rita of Cascia meet. After receiving reports from the prior provincial, they will examine the present situation of their communities and ministries and, they will set a roadmap for the coming years.

Capitular room

Last January 9, the 15th Chapter of the Province of Saint Rita of Cascia has begun in Franca (São Paulo). There are 21 representatives of the religious of the Province, who take part in the Chapter, presided by the Prior General, Miguel Miró. Their task is to review the progress of the Province for the last four years, to study its current state and to draw out plans for the immediate future. The underlying principle of all their works and ordinances will be the renewal and restructuring that the Order, as such, undertakes.

Among others, the Chapter has also the task of electing the new provincial. With the new amendments of the Constitutions, the Chapter is to choose one of the two possibilities of electing the new provincial: to elect one of the ternary, or to confirm the religious whom the friars voted for previously.

The Province of Saint Rita is composed of 60 religious, who are distributed in 10 communities in Brazil, which are mostly parishes. One can follow the progress of the said Chapter on this webpage:



Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2012 09:42
The Augustinian Recollects publish their new constitutions, a practical guide for restructuring and renewal PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:24

One thousand and one hundred religious of the Order are receiving a copy of this volume, which is to be read solemnly in community acts. It is the book that that novices study in order to know what it means to be an Augustinian Recollect. The superiors consult it to know what to uphold. Each friar and community study it to know their origin and the end that they aspire.

The new constitutions of the Order

There are three terms in vogue used by the Recollects today: ‘restructuring,’ ‘renewal,’ and ‘constitutions.’  They designate three things that are well distinct, necessary and complementary.  The first is ‘restructuring,’ focused on the external structure of the Order, which must be amended and redeployed.  The second is ‘revitalization,’ which refers  rather to the interior dynamism.  But it needs to know also the genetic map of the institution and the purpose being followed from its origins, and this is the constitutions.  It is a book that contains the so-called “charism”, the genes that the Holy Spirit has implanted in the Order.  Without knowledge and interiorization  of this genetic map, renewal, nor a minimally consistent and trustworthy restructuring would not be possible.



Bedside book

The news can seem to be irrelevant.  It could be expressed in titular  and inexpressive plans  just like: “The Augustinian Recollects publish new constitutions,” or “Each friar receives a copy of the new constitutions.”

The news would be such if it would simply deal with the printing of a new book.  But the constitutions  is not just any book.  For every friar, this 431 page book published by the Calatrava de Salamanca printing is more than just a bedside book.   It will accompany him day after day like a sacred book.

This  small and fundamental book is being distributed  by the whole Order;   a copy is given to each religious with his name and surname.   In the next years, days of study and congresses about it will be organized, trying to take a close look at it and to infuse it in the very lifeblood of every Augustinian Recollect.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:38
Augustinian Recollect volunteers strengthen their commitment to Sierra Leone, Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:22



Last November 26, around 30 persons coming from nine localities in Spain participated at the IV National Encounter of OAR Volunteers. The gathering is part of the plan of formation to know the Augustinian Recollect ideals.


Under the motto, “OAR Volunteer, a committed role,” the participants were gathered at the Parish of Saint Rita (Madrid) with the purpose of sharing experiences, knowing other realities and, most especially, getting to know each other.  The social work with the sick and their families in the CARDI of Mexico, the work with the minors in the Ciudad de los Niños of Costa Rica,  the accompaniment of  girls at risk of trafficking and prostitution of  Hogar Santa Mónica in Fortaleza, Brazil and the African mission of Kamabai in Sierra Leone, have  focused the dynamics on the solidarity role of OAR volunteers throughout the day.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:23
Meeting with Fr. General at Tagaste Monastery PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 December 2011 20:01

Meeting with Fr. General at Tagaste Monastery

Between December 13-15, 2011, Very Rev. Fr. Miguel Miro, O.A.R., Prior General of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, accompanied by the General Secretary, Fr. Sergio Camarena, O.A.R., met at Tagaste Monastery (Suffern, New York) with the Prior Provincial, of the Province of St. Augustine, Fr. Joseph Gallardo, O.A.R., and the members of the Provincial Council along with representatives of the Secretariat of Formation and Vocations. The meetings was organized by Father General as part of an effort to review and revitalized the vocation apostolate of the Province. The entire Order is involved in a long-ranged process of retructuring and renewing its various ministries in the face of the changing picture of contemporary society and the questioning of religious traditions and values. The Prior General is anxious to obtain more direct information concerning the resources of the community, the obstacles to the recruitment of new members, and the current state of religious formation both for new candidates and for the continuing formation opportunities for senior religious. Each of those attending the meetings during these three days has been given an opportunity to express his opinions in an atmosphere of open dialogue. The community of Tagaste Monastery has provided the support services for the gathering.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2011 04:17
Recoletos Christmas Message PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 December 2011 10:37

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