We rejoice with Brother Anthony J. Torretti, OAR, as he celebrates his 50th anniversary of religious profession in the Order of Augustinian Recollects. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brother Anthony entered Tagaste Monastery in Suffern, New York, as a postulant in 1963. A year later, he was transferred to the Monastery of St. Augustine in Kansas City, Kansas, to continue his religious formation as a novice. He professed his religious vows there on April 22, 1965, and on the same date in 1968, professed his Solemn Vows in our religious community.
He continued his education at Donnelly College in Kansas City while serving as local procurator for the monastery community. He completed his studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, with a degree in Accounting. Following graduation, he was assigned to teach Accounting and Economics at Donnelly College where he served as the Director of Financial Aid until his assignment to the East Coast in 1974.
Throughout the years, Brother Anthony has served our religious community in a variety of administrative positions as well as parochial ministries. His financial expertise and attention to detail have been recognized by our province leadership, and he has served as Provincial Procurator, as member of our Provincial Council and Director of the Office of Development, as well as President and longtime member of the Secretariat of Finance for the Province of Saint Augustine. He has served as local Procurator in most of his assignments in the United States and at the General Curia in Rome.
In addition to responsibilities within the local community to which he was assigned, Br. Anthony enjoyed parochial ministry at Sacred Heart School in Topeka, Kansas, where he taught religion and advanced mathematics at the junior-high level. He had served as Business Manager of St. Augustine Parish in Newark, New Jersey, and also at Saint Benedict Parish and School in Montebello, California.
Throughout these fifty years as a professed member of our religious community, Brother Anthony has taught us by his example the importance of being faithful to what we profess and in sharing his time and talents. His longest assignment was at the Provincial Residence in West Orange, New Jersey, where he served our community for over twenty-four years. For the past year he has been assigned to St. Augustine Priory, Oxnard, California, continuing to be generous in his service to the community.
Happy 50th Anniversary, Brother Anthony!
--Father Michael Stechmann, OAR