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News from Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 20:48

First Communion. Tagaste Monastery has been celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the Hispanic community of Suffern's Sacred Heart Parish for almost twenty years. The Mass is said in Spanish to accommodate the Hispanic children and their families. This year’s celebration, which took place on April 19, welcomed thirty-one youngsters to the Lord’s Table. It was a delight to see the joy on the faces of these children and of their parents and grandparents. The Tagaste community looks forward to seeing these young ones and their families at regular Sunday Eucharist worship.

(l to r- back row): Deacon Jorge Mateos, OAR, Fr. Felizardo Daganta, OAR, Fr. Michael Rafferty, OAR, and Msgr. Joseph Giandurco, flanked by a beaming group of youngsters celebrating their First Holy Communion.

Corpus Christi procession. Fr. Felix Daganta, OAR, was the main celebrant for the Mass on Sunday, June 22, and led the procession from the chapel at Tagaste Monastery to the lower parking lot with the Blessed Sacrament, making the three traditional stops for Eucharistic Adoration. The people had set up altars with flowers and other decorations on the monastery grounds. At each “station” there was a hymn, followed by a scripture reading, an account of a Eucharistic miracle, and a period of silent reflection. Prayer at the third station was concluded by the Eucharistic blessing. Following the liturgy, refreshments were served in the Guild Hall.

Corpus Christi, 2014: Fr. Felizardo Daganta carries the Blessed Sacrament in procession around the Tagaste grounds following the 10:30 AM Mass, June 22.

Br. Joseph Joly, OAR, has been in residence at Ramapo Manor in Suffern, New York, since falling on Memorial Day (May 26) at the community barbecue. Br. Joe is greatly missed at the monastery, but is getting good care and is receiving daily visits from community members. His only sister, Pauline Denault, came from California to visit Br. Joe, September 8-15. Cards and letters can be sent to Br. Joe in care of the monastery or at the following address:

Ramapo Manor Center for Rehabilitation Nursing

30 Cragmere Road

Suffern, NY 10901

Visit of AR Sisters. The Augustinian Recollect Sisters from Milpitas and Sun Valley, California, arrived in New York on June 24 to begin a five-day community retreat at St. Mary’s Villa in Sloatsburg conducted by Fr. Felix Daganta, OAR. Following the retreat, the sisters came to Tagaste, where they resided until July 2. During their stay some members of the community accompanied the sisters on excursions to New York City and to the Statue of Liberty as well as a visit to the Provincial Residence. The sisters brought their usual good spirits and good humor which they shared with their Recollect brothers.

AR Sisters from Milpitas, California, join Tagaste community for dinner after completing their annual retreat.


Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 21:12
News from Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Oxnard, California PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 14:21


CORPUS CHRISTI—On June 22nd, an outdoor procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, took place at Mary Star on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The friars and the faithful journeyed to the five stations on the lot, with the priest placing the monstrance on decorated tables for a brief period of adoration and praise after the recitation of each of the Glorious Mysteries.

Corpus Christi 2014


PERSONNEL CHANGE— Fr. Antonio Palos, OAR, began his new ministry at Mary Star as Associate Pastor, effective July 15, 2014, on the Feast of St. Bonaventure. He immediately reviewed the Ordo Domesticus and his new parish assignments with the friars.

FIESTA BONANZA—The three-day Parish Fiesta began on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th, and closed on Sunday August 17th. An abundance and variety of food, music and rides were enjoyed by all the parishioners, visitors and friars. Information Booths from the Ventura County Behavioral Health, Catholic Cemeteries, the Cesar Chavez Law Group and an outreach to Mixteco-speaking persons, participated in the Parish Fiesta.

FATIMA AT MARY STAR—The statue of the International Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima visited Mary Star from Saturday, September 13th, to Sunday, September 14th. Led by the Friars in this two-day celebration, the faithful celebrated the Crowning and Veiling, the Act of Consecration and the Mass Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There was also an outdoor procession and recitation of the Rosary, with the Pilgrim Statue being carried by the faithful. Following these, the Friars and the faithful took turns in an all night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the veneration of Our Lady of Fatima inside the church. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was also celebrated by the Friars, including Fr. Domingos Machado, OAR, and Fr. Frank Wilder, OAR, of St. Augustine Priory. At 3:00 on Sunday morning, the bilingual chanting of the Divine Mercy chaplet began before the Blessed Sacrament. Various English and Spanish choir groups sang to Our Lord and Our Mother during these two days. In addition, an invited mariachi group and the danzantes matachines of Mary Star also performed in the mananitas before Our Lady of Fatima during her farewell.


Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 14:37
News from Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Santa Ana, California PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 November 2014 23:25


On July 8th, the parish celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the priesthood of Fr. Jose Luis Martinez, OAR. The celebration began with Mass at 7pm, presided over by Fr. Jose Luis. In his homily, Fr. Jose Luis spoke of his various assignments, experiences as a religious priest throughout these years and expressed gratitude for all of the support received from the faithful. Several concelebrating priests, deacons, representatives from parish groups and community were present. After the Mass, the celebration continued in Santa Monica Parish Hall where several parish choirs sang during the evening meal.

Father José Luis Martínez, OAR, celebrates his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the priesthood.


On July 11-12, the community was blessed to have the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Zapopan, from Zapopan, Mexico, come to our parish. The image was accompanied by the Franciscan Friars of Zapopan. The faithful came to pray before the image seeking her intercession and to thank her for favors received.


On July 21-22, the Relics of Santo Toribio Romo came to our parish. Santo Toribio, a Mexican martyr, was canonized on May 21, 2000, by Saint John Paul II. Many immigrants have a special devotion to him. The relics were accompanied by Fr. Martin, custodian of the relic, from Jalostotitlan, Mexico, who celebrated the Holy Eucharist one night and spoke about the life and virtues of the saint. The faithful had an opportunity to venerate the relic, part of his right ankle, to pray for his intercession and thank him for favors received.

On September 10, Feast of Saint Nicolas of Tolentine, Fr. Eliseo González, OAR, presided over the Holy Eucharist, spoke of Saint Nicolas, blessed and handed out the traditional bread for this feastday.

Blessing and distribution of the bread of St. Nicholas of Tolentine.


-- Fr. Eliseo González, OAR



Last Updated on Saturday, 08 November 2014 23:35
News from Saint Benedict Parish, Montebello, California PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 15:38

May 31st -- With sadness St. Benedict Parish had to say goodbye to Fr. Juan Jose Guzman, OAR, as he was transferred to his new assignment at Cristo Rey Parish in Glendale. We thank him for the short ten months he was with us. In that brief time, he won the hearts of the faithful here. We wish you the best in your new assignment Father! We know you'll be a great blessing to the people of Cristo Rey.

Fr. Juan José Guzman, OAR, with his family.

June 14 -- Flea Market - The summer couldn't begin without St. Benedict's Flea Market bringing together parishioners and non-parishioners alike to enjoy a time together under the bright summer sun in support of the Parish's refurbishment project. We had a good turnout of sellers and buyers and spent a nice day building friendships. We thank all those who came out to support us!!

August 18 -- The parish school started its new school year with over 550 students. Pupils and staff alike happily began the new year in which they will continue to learn and share under the watchful eye of St. Benedict. Welcome back everyone!

August 27/28 -- St. Monica and St. Augustine -- The Secular Augustinian Recollects and the Augustinian Recollect Friars of Montebello showed the great Augustinian spirit permeating their hearts as they prepared the parish for a great celebration on the occasion of the feastdays of St. Monica and our Father St. Augustine. Beautiful flower arrangements adorned their images and a large and joyous gathering followed the solemn Mass on the 28th in the parish hall where the SAR's and parish groups prepared a festive meal for all.

Fr. Francisco Sandoval, OAR, celebrating the Mass for the Solemnity of our Holy Father Saint Augustine.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 15:47
News from Saint Cloud Monastery, West Orange, New Jersey PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 November 2014 22:22

The Secular Augustinian Recollect Chalice

In the Monastery Chapel on October 1, a very special Mass took place during which a new chalice was blessed. The chalice was given to the Monastery by Antoinette D’Archi, a gift in memory of her husband, Virgil, a cousin of one of the SARs, Gloria Fernandi. This family has long been a part of the Monastery. Wakes of two of the members and a wedding reception of another were held on the grounds in the early days of the Monastery.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was attended by several members of the family, five priests of the Augustinian Recollect Order: Fr. Joseph Gallardo, OAR, Provincial, Fr. Fredric Abiera, OAR, Provincial Secretary, Fr, Frank Cregan, OAR, Provincial Procurator, Fr. Charles Huse, OAR, Fr. Jorge Alberto Niño, OAR, several SARs, and friends.

Following Mass, a warm and tasteful reception was held in the Monastery dining room.



Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 22:36
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