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+ Father James D. McGuire, OAR 1929- 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 September 2017 15:41

+ Father James D. McGuire, OAR

1929- 2017


Fr. Provincial, John Michael Rafferty, OAR, was informed at 8:30 this morning (September 8, 2017) by Fr. Frank Wilder, OAR, Associate Pastor of St. Benedict Parish, that Father James D. McGuire, OAR, died early this morning at Rio Hondo Convalescent Hospital in Montebello, California. He was 88 years old. Fr. James was the former Provincial of Saint Augustine Province and former Prior General of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. Most recently, he served as an Associate Pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Montebello, California.

Let us pray for the eternal repose of the soul of our brother, Father James D. McGuire, OAR.

May he rest in peace.


Last Updated on Friday, 08 September 2017 17:53
St. Augustine Feast Day celebrated at Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2017 14:02

Fr. Michael Rafferty, prior provincial, assisted by Frs. John Oldfield, Fidel Hernandez, Charles Huse, Fred Abiera, and a number of visiting priests presided and preached the homily at an evening Mass at Tagaste Monastery on August 28 to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Augustine. Fr. John Gruben led the music accompanied by organist Marie Hiltz. Joe Marsico and Joe Gruszczynski, both SAR members, did the readings, and Peggy Evans (former Guild president) and Walter Vasquez (current president of the Hispanic committee) brought up the Offertory gifts. Some 60 people were present at the Mass and afterward enjoyed a light dinner hosted by the SARs in the Guild Hall of the Monastery.

Recollect friars and servers following Mass to honor Our Father St. Augustine on August 28, 2017.

Fr. Michael Rafferty, prior provincial, receives the Offertory gifts from Peggy Evans and Walter Vasquez.



Last Updated on Friday, 01 September 2017 14:08
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Monday, 28 August 2017 13:33

August 28, 2017

Happy Solemnity of our father, Saint Augustine!

It is customary every year on the east coast of the United States that the two communities of New Jersey's Provincial Residence and New York's Tagaste Monastery, gather to celebrate the Order's holy founder.

Tagaste Monastery's Fathers John Gruben, OAR, prior, Fidel Hernández, OAR and John Oldfield, OAR, will be joined by Father Provincial of Saint Augustine Province, Michael Rafferty, OAR, Father Fredric Abiera, OAR and Father Charles Huse, OAR, for a solemn Mass of thanksgiving beginning at 7 pm.

Every year, the Friars are joined by dozens of Third Order Recollects as well as faithful members of Tagaste's Hispanic community and Suffern, New York's Sacred Heart Church.

Following the Mass, the religious and lay people gather downstairs in the monastery's Guild Hall for continued dialogue and fraternity.

Generous members of the Third Order and other friends provide delicious snacks and beverages.

It is always a festive occasion to celebrate our Great Father, Saint Augustine among fellow religious and dear friends!!

Happy Feast Day to the entire Order!!

Fr. Michael Rafferty, OAR
Prior Provincial
Saint Augustine Province


Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 13:34
Diaconate Ordination of Fray José Arredondo, OAR PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 21:04

Deacon José was ordained a deacon at Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Santa Ana, California, on Saturday, July 29, 2017, by His Excellency Kevin Vann.
Many fellow Recollects, religious and lay, attended the celebration. The volunteers of the parish provided a delicious lunch in the parish hall following the Mass of Ordination.
Deacon José is very excited about his new ministry as an Augustinian Recollect and commitment to the service of God's people.
He will remain in ministry at Pillar until August 8 and then travel to visit the province's east coast houses of Tagaste Monastery in Suffern, NY and the provincial residence in West Orange, New Jersey.
Deacon José will return to Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain, on August 23, to start his final year of theology in preparation for, God willing, next year's ordination as an Augustinian Recollect priest!
Congratulations, Deacon José! May Almighty God bless you abundantly!

Fr. John Michael Rafferty, OAR, Prior Provincial of Saint Augustine Province and the newly ordained, Deacon José Arredondo Vázquez, OAR.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 21:10
News from Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 13:48

150TH Anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish

Sacred Heart Parish in Suffern, NY, began the year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, June 24, 2017. Presiding at the evening Mass with his usual warmth and good humor was His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of NY, accompanied by the pastor of Sacred Heart, Fr. Matthew Fury, the associate pastor, and many other priests from neighboring parishes. Frs. John Gruben, John Oldfield, and Fidel Hernández and a number of lay associates of Tagaste Monastery were present representing the Augustinian Recollects. Cardinal Dolan congratulated the congregation, telling them they looked remarkably well for being 150 years old, drawing one of many rounds of laughter from the people. He also expressed his gratitude for the long-time support of the Tagaste community in the life of the parish, and singled out for particular thanks, Fr. Oldfield, one of several vocations from the parish. The Mass was accompanied by musical selections by the children’s and adult’s choirs and was followed by a “sweet and savory” reception in the school auditorium. The parish will continue with a program of special activities over the course of the coming year to mark this milestone in its history.

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish (l to r): Frs. John Oldfield, John Gruben, Fidel Hernandez, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Jorge Montano

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 June 2017 13:54
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