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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
News from Cristo Rey Parish, Los Angeles, California PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 November 2014 15:03

THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY of the foundation of Cristo Rey served as the impetus for several projects in the church which including necessary electrical work, interior painting and the replacement of the air conditioning unit. The first event in the anniversary year was a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner hosted by Frs. Michael Stechmann, OAR, Juan Jose Guzman, OAR, and Dcn. Ascencion Esqueda, OAR, and attended by close to 100 persons representing catechists, choir members, ushers, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and various volunteers. Those in attendance were delighted to be the first to view the Apostolic Blessing which will be presented to the parish.

Fr. Michael Stechmann, OAR, presents the Apostolic Blessing to the parish community as Fr. Juan José Guzman, OAR, looks on.

A series of monthly meetings with thirty members of the Anniversary Committee has been beneficial in planning for the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 23 and the pastoral visit of Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Archbishop realizes the space limitations in our church and after the 12:30 pm Mass, he has generously agreed to participate in the procession of the image of Christ the King through the streets. All of the parish groups will be represented at the Mass and will carry their banners for the procession which will be led by members of the banda, Nueva Ilusion. The presence of the banda always generates a tremendous enthusiasm throughout the neighborhood.

Other activities throughout the year include the distribution of a parish history, a concert in the church and a Parish Mission during Lent. All parish groups are working to increase membership with evangelization as a major focus.

FR. MICHAEL STECHMANN, OAR, was invited by the Sisters, Servants of Mary to be the homilist for the 50th anniversary of Mary, Health of the Sick Convalescent Hospital in Newbury Park, CA, on June 28. Archbishop Jose Gomez presided at the Mass with several Augustinian Recollects concelebrating and over 600 guests present for the outdoor Mass and reception.


Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 15:57
Prayer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:12

Prayer written by Billy Biegler, SJ (A Jesuit Scholastic from California), in honor of the Servant of God, Bishop Alphonse, Gallegos, OAR


“Alphonse Gallegos, humble bishop and loving servant to many, your
people ask your help once again. You spent time on earth with those
who suffered division and pain, and you died helping those in need, so
may you now please urge God to address this deep need. Through your
intercession Alphonse, may God bend that which seems inflexible, heal
that which seems incurable, mend that which seems beyond repair. May
God create peace where there is discord, unity where there is
division, and may we learn to love one another as Christ loved us. In
a special way Alphonse, I ask for you to intercede for me in this
particular intention (name intention here). I bring this to you with
faith in your place in heaven and confidence in all that can be done
by Gods hands. Alphonse Gallegos, pray for us!”


(posted with permission from Billy Biegler, SJ)




Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:16
Thoughts from the Servant of God, Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, OAR PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 August 2014 15:57

“We are truly aware that all men are called to holiness in the one Christ. But each is called according to his own name, his unique personality, his irreplaceable task and existence in the Church. The mystery of religious vocation lies in its being a personal call from Christ to live the Christian life in a special way and in the sight of all the brethren. The consecrated religious calls all the people not to religious life, but to the genuine living of Christian values. We as religious must shine out in the Church by visibly showing in relevant and appealing forms the Gospel truths which all must live by in perhaps less visible forms. It is through these vows which we have professed that will allow us to reach the people of God as a genuine witness of Christ Himself.”


Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014 15:59
Message from Father Joseph J. Gallardo, OAR, Prior Provincial PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 15:44

Protocol No. 43/2014


To all the Religious of the Province

RE: Official Good News

Dear Brothers,

Together with this circular letter, you will find an English language copy of Cardinal Amato’s letter to our Prior General concerning the status of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Bishop Alfonse Gallegos, OAR.

As seen in the Cardinal’s letter, the Positio of the Bishop will not have to undergo a lengthy wait before it is presented to the Congress of Theologians for study. This is indeed good news! Many thanks are owed to Father Samson Silloriquez, OAR, for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Cause of the Servant of God.

Through the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, the Holy See has asked us, as a community, to make the saintly Bishop known to the faithful, and has encouraged us to invoke the heavenly intercession of Bishop Gallegos.

Recently, a number of favors attributed to the intercession of the Bishop have been reported to the Provincial House. This information has been documented and forwarded to Fathers Samson Silloriquez, OAR, and Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR, postulator and vice-postulator of the Cause.

We must remember that only competent Church authorities can declare what is truly a miracle; however, we must take note of the increasing reports of favors attributed to the Bishop which are being reported to the Provincial House and to others. Let us together pray that God’s holy will be accomplished in this great work.

In the near future, each house of the province will receive a printed copy of the Positio so that the religious of the province might become better acquainted with the Servant of God through the study of his life and work.

Once again, let us entrust this great work to the intercession of our Lady, Queen and Mother of the Recollection, and together let us pray for its success.

With every good wish and prayer, I am,


Sincerely yours in Christ,


Father Joseph J. Gallardo, OAR

Prior Provincial


Father Fredric Abiera, OAR

Provincial Secretary


August 6, 2014

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