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Mass for vocation at Sacred Heart Basilica, Newark, New Jersey PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 November 2011 15:10

Mass for vocation at Sacred Heart Basilica, Newark, New Jersey- October 30, 2011

Fr. Francisco Sandoval, oar and Frater Jorge Valdivia, oar, were invited to a special mass for vocations and religious held at Newark Cathedral by his Eminence John Jay Myers, Archbishop of Newark.  Hundreds of religious both men and women were represented at the beautiful ceremony.  More were expected but because it was a day after one of the worst snow storms to date struck the Northeast, some were absent.  Nevertheless, the attendance was very impressive and those present were very fervent as they all processed with his eminence the archbishop.  Afterwards, they all went to the Archdiocesan center across the street to join for a light meal and to share with the other religious and any young person interested in knowing more about a particular religious community.  May our faithfulness to our way of life attract many young men to answer the call to serve the Good Lord in his Church.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 November 2011 15:15
Ministry of Acolyte- Fra. Jorge Mateos, OAR PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 November 2011 15:06

Ministry of Acolyte


Brother Jorge Mateos joined another 14 classmates from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Seton Hall University on Sunday October 23, in receiving the ministry of acolyte.  The Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.S.L., S.T.D., Bishop of Paterson New Jersey officiated a beautiful ceremony were he reminded the new alcolytes to be faithful to the Church, to be one with their community and to obey their superiors as a sure way to be a holy minister of God.  The whole Tagaste Community was present to support him and congratulate him on his new achievement on his journey to the sacred order of the priesthood.  Way to go Frater Jorge Mateos!!

Last Updated on Friday, 25 November 2011 15:15
News from Cristo Rey Church PDF Print E-mail


Three members of the parish of Cristo Rey were recognized for their contributions to the parish during a special Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on October 16.  Thre three members of the parish recognized for their service to the Church and parish were Rogelio Acevedo, Kimberly Arroyo and Eric Estrada.  Each one of them have been active participants, with their parents, in a variety of parochial ministries and activities.  The young people were recognized for the on-going commitment to serve as peer leaders for the Confirmation program here, assistants during the weekly progams of instruction and each of them are valuable assets to the retreat experiences for students in both years of Confirmation preparation.  Each parish of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had received the invitation from the Office of Religious Education and Youth Ministry to nominate up to four individuals for recognition.  The three members from Cristo Rey were among a total of 493 young adults recognized during the Mass for continuing to be messengers of the Gospel through their words and actions.

Archbishop Jose Gomez and Fr. Michael Stechmann with young adults from Cristo Rey Chruch, Los Angeles, who were award recipients.


Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2012 13:17
English Translation of "Religiosas Familias" PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 November 2011 02:31

Rescript of the Sacred Congregation of Religious
July 18, 1911
By force of which the few juridical bonds, if any yet remain,
between the Recollection and the Order of St. Augustine are dissolved
Petition for favors:

Most Holy Father – The present Vicar General of the Order of Recollect Hermits of St. Augustine of the Congregation of Spain and the Indies, prostrate at the feet of Your Holiness, most humbly implores the following favors for the sake of the better governance of the Congregation committed to his care:
(1) That all the exemptions which the Congregation of Discalced Augustinians of Italy enjoy, especially as regards subjection to the Prior General of the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine, may also be enjoyed by the Congregation of Spain and the Indies, since it is from the latter that the former took its origin towards the end of the XVI century, and since the way of life and the government of both are about the same.
(2) That the Apostolic Letter Apostolici Muneris, issued in the form of a Brief on February 11, 1602, by Pope Clement VIII of happy memory, be considered abrogated in what concerns the visitation of the Discalced or Recollect Augustinians by the Most Reverend Prior General, and also the Brief Ad Sacram Beati Petri Sedem of Gregory XV (August 31, 1622) insofar as it refers to the same matter.
(3) That the Vicar General of the Congregation of Spain and the Indies enjoy all the privileges which the Most Rev. Prior General enjoys over the sodalities and confraternities under the invocation of the saints of the Order of St. Augustine, and also that the Congregation might enjoy all the spiritual favors already granted or to be granted in the future to the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine.
(4) That the Apostolic Letter Permulata, issued for the aforesaid Congregation on August 18, 1795, by Pius VI of holy memory, be regarded as abrogated, since the reasons for which it was issued no longer exist. Et Deus, etc.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 November 2011 02:40
REVITALIZATION: Father Prior General shares with the religious of the five South American countries the keys to change PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 October 2011 00:42

Fr. Miguel Miró visited between June and October most of the Augustinian Recollects working in Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico and United States to explain the process of change being undertaken in the centuries-old Order. "How can we revitalize our charism? How will we approach the process? Why do we have to reorganize? How are we going to cope with the difficulties? Do we want change?" These are some of the questions the prior general had to discuss in his meetings with the religious.

Fr. General with the members of the Province of St. Augustine


The General Chapter held towards the end of 2010 challenged all the Augustinian Recollects to make "a daring, oblative and passionate option", i.e., the option to abandon all material guarantees and be open to the initiatives of God by earnestly listening to his Word.


Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2011 01:15
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