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VOCATION RETREAT AT TAGASTE MONASTERY PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:24

The Tagaste community, Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York, serves as the house of formation and major seminary for the Province of Saint Augustine, hosted a vocational retreat weekend for four candidates who had expressed interest in the Augustinian Recollects, March 28-30. The four young men, who hailed from places as close as the neighboring town of Spring Valley, New York, and as far away as Miami, Florida, arrived on the evening of March 27. The retreat opened the following morning with words of welcome from Fr. Michael Rafferty, OAR, the local prior. Retreatants joined the community for common prayer, meals, and recreation. Presentations were given by Fr. John Oldfield, OAR, on the “Charism of the Order,” and by Fr. John Gruben, OAR, on the “Constitutions and the Liturgy of the Hours.” Fr. Michael gave a personal testimony and conducted individual interviews along with Fr. Felix Daganta, OAR. The professed students also shared their vocation stories with the retreatants. Over the weekend the community along with the retreatants enjoyed a new movie on the life of Pope Francis, followed by a lively discussion. Fr. Fredric Abiera, OAR, joined the community for dinner on Friday evening, and Fr. Joseph Gallardo, OAR, Prior Provincial, was present for Evening Prayer and dinner on Saturday. The retreatants also participated in Lenten Stations of the Cross, Sunday Liturgy, and a Holy Hour with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament conducted by Frs. Michael and Felix that brought the retreat to a close. After a final lunch together the retreatants departed. Fr. Michael contacted each of the retreatants after they returned home and found that all had enjoyed their weekend at the Monastery and the experience of Augustinian Recollect community life.

 

Father Michael Rafferty, OAR, prior of Tagaste Monastery, and Father Felizardo Daganta, OAR, prefect of students, with the vocation retreatants.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:32
 
Father Provincial admits Andrés Lopez to the Postulancy PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:43

On April 3rd, Father Joseph J. Gallardo, OAR, Prior Provincial, admitted Andrés Lopez to the Postulancy at a ceremony held at Saint Cloud Monastery in West Orange, New Jersey. The friars of Tagaste Monastery and the community of Saint Cloud Monastery prayed Evening Prayer within which the Rite of Admission to the Postulancy took place. During the Rite, Father Felizardo Daganta, OAR, prefect of students, presented Andrés Lopez to Father Provincial, who then read his official letter admitting Andrés Lopez to the Postulancy. After welcoming Andrés Lopez to the community and asking all of our brothers to accompany him with fraternal support and with their prayers, Father Provincial reminded Andrés of what it means to be an Augustinian Recollect. The ceremony closed with everyone offering Andrés a gesture of joyful and cordial welcome to the community.

Father Provincial, Joseph J. Gallardo, OAR, admits Andrés Lopez to the Postulancy.

The friars offer Andrés Lopez a gesture of joyful and cordial welcome to the community.

 

 


 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:56
 
Celebrating the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, and special protector of the Order of Augustinian Recollects PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:20

The friars of Tagaste Monastery, the council members of the Secular Augustinian Recollects of West Orange and some friends of Saint Cloud Monastery joined the community of the Provincial Residence to celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19th. The monthly regional day of recollection for the friars was also held that day with the discussion on the ordinances of the 22nd Provincial Chapter. Following the discussion, all gathered in the Chapel for Evening Prayer and the singing of the Salve and the Ioseph. Following the Liturgy, all were treated to a reception in the community dining room. The entire celebration was indeed a very nice tribute to Saint Joseph, husband of Mary and special protector of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

The friars of Saint Cloud Monastery and Tagaste Monastery, council members of the Secular Augustinian Recollects of West Orange, and some friends of Saint Cloud Monastery gathered in the Chapel for Evening Prayer and the singing of the Salve and Ioseph.


Following the Liturgy, all were treated to a reception in the community dining room.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:39
 
VOCATION RETREAT PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 17:47

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 17:50
 
Pope Francis Offers Blessing to Augustinian Recollects Undergoing Revitalization and Restructuring Process PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 02:40
Augustinian Recollects participating in the Revitalization Commission attended the Papal Audience held on Wednesday, January 15 at St. Peter’s Square. Before a crowd of some 35,000 followers, Pope Francis greeted and offered a special blessing for the work done by Augustinian Recollects gathered in Rome to address the restructuring of the Order. The Commission, which was formed after the 2010 General Chapter, has concluded their task. The process continues with contributions provided by more than half of the religious, external counsel, and the administrative reorganization of the Order.
Members of the Commission in St. Peter's square

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 20:15
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