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Fray Juan Jose Alfaro, OAR’s Ordination to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 September 2011 19:34

Coming into a Megapolis like Mexico City can be a little intimidating, especially when is your 2nd visit to that city and you don’t know it at all and then taking a taxi that pronounces it doesn’t know the part of the city your are telling him to take you to.  But I made it anyways, (good thing we asked for directions, and having a cell phone in hand is worth millions when you most needed it).  It was all well worth it, because I was able to attend the ordination of one of our brothers to the priesthood.  Under the watchful eye of our Lady of Lourdes Fray Juan Jose Alfaro, was ordained in Mexico City at Our Lady of Lourdes’s parish on July 31st at 1:00PM.  It was a wonderful celebration officiated by the Most Reverend Bishop Carlos Briseno, OAR, Auxiliary Bishop of Mexico City and one of our own. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:49
Tagaste Changes PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 September 2011 19:26

February 16, 2011, was a day of historic significance for Tagaste, the formation center of the Province of St. Augustine. Fr. Provincial to discuss with the community the need for restructuring within the province and, particularly, in the area of vocation recruitment in order to strengthen our efforts in this area of ministry. Fr. Ramon Gaitan, prior of Tagaste, is to be transferred to Oxnard as director of the Secretariat of Formation/Vocations. Fr. Francisco Sandoval will become prior of Tagaste and Fr. Eliseo Gonzalez will replace him as associate in the parish of St. John. Fr. John Oldfield is to serve as sub-prior at Tagaste and Fr. Gaitan will also serve as sub-prior of the priory in Oxnard. Fr. Michael Rafferty will become the assistant at Mary, Star of the Sea. Deacon Ramiro Muñoz and Bro. Joseph Joly assist in meeting the many maintenance requirements of Tagaste.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2011 19:31
“This is my prayer: that I may be a bishop in the like of St. Augustine” PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 September 2011 19:05

On September 17 Monsignor Mario Alberto Molina Palma takes his position as archbishop of Los Altos – Quetzaltenango in Guatemala. The former professor and dean of the Faculty of Theology of the University Rafael Landivar has been the bishop of Quiché since the year 2004. Quiché belongs to the archdiocese of Los Altos. He is the first Augustinian Recollect to have this distinction of archbishop in the modern times. In our interview, as he talked of his episcopate the bishop opened to us his heart of a pastor.

Mgr Molina, in the parish of San Juan Cotzal, the last May 31

 Monsignor, you are a Panamenian by birth and blood, are you comfortable with your assignment as bishop of Guatemala?
To me being bishop in Guatemala, and this, regardless of my being a Panameñan by origin, was a call to extend a new service to this Church. This, I think, is fruit of the 19 years of dedication and service to the Church in Guatemala before my new assignment. Those were years of committed service and total dedication of the best of myself. I was hoping that the Gospel and Jesus Christ would find

Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2011 19:18
A hundred Augustinian Recollects continue ARWYD in Rome PDF Print E-mail

September 2011, Italy - The International College of the Order in the Italian capital hosted a hundred Filipinos, Panameños and Argentinos a week after the World Youth Day in Madrid. The youth, who belong to different groups of RAY, celebrated Saint Augustine’s feastday (28 August) together with the Augustinian Recollect religious residing in the three communities of the Order in the Eternal City.


 WYD Delegates from David (Panama)

WYD was not only Madrid. The nearly two million youth from all over the world who responded to the invitation of the Holy Father lived the first week spread all over Spain, hosted by different dioceses and several thousands of families. Then they gathered in Madrid and there lived an unforgettable experience of communion, this time with the youth of all the world and, in the case of the Augustinian Recollects, with the members of the RAY coming from 11 countries, in their first ever world encounter.

The New Constitutions of the Order are published quite enriched with 400 more Augustinian quotations PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 September 2011 23:54

The Order of Augustinian Recollects has just renewed the text with which it regulates its life and in which it defines its being, the Constitutions. The decree of promulgation, signed by the Prior General Miguel Miro, is dated August 28. It is a text wherein St. Augustine is made more present. From now on it should be the basic nourishment for the religious in the task of renewal, and a guide which orients the restructuring of the ministries.

Jan van Scorel (1510). Saint Augustine delivers the Rule On August 22, 2011


On August 22, 2011, the New Constitutions of the Order have been promulgated by the Prior General; it is a fruit of a revising labor that lasted six years. This text which describes the ideal Augustinian Recollect and regulates the life of the religious, is borne out of a will for renewal which found its river-bed in the General Chapter of 2004. From that well represented assembly to that celebrated in October to November 2010, all the communities and organisms of the Order dedicated themselves to reflect over their own lives and to suggest improvements in the legislation.

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