Today was the second full day of our Provincial Chapter (meeting) that happens every 4 years. I have attended most of them, even when I was out of the Order for 12 years. I am extremely encouraged by the content of the discussions and the attitudes of the men who are taking part. Especially regarding the importance and practicalities of community life.
Also, I met with the two friars I will be working with at the parish I will be assigned to in August. I was very happy to hear that we all seem to be on the same page in terms of our expectations and motivations. This new situation could work out really well.
Here's a photo of 10 friars from my novitiate class (1967-1968) who are attending the meetings this week at Villanova. The novitiate is a very special year and you have a special bond with those you spend it with. It's really good to be with them again for a few days.
Labels: Augustinian, novitiate, Order of Saint Augustine, Order of St. Augustine, Provincial Chapter, Villanova
Friar of the Order of Saint Augustine (Augustinians). I joined the Order in 1967. Served in Japan from 1977 until 1995. From 1996 until 2008 I worked in telecom and IT, usually in software development project management. Then in May 2008 I returned to the Order. Was pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish (Staten Island, NY) from August of 2010 until June of 2016. Then Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, PA until June of 2021. Currently serving as assistant pastor at St. Mary's in Waterford, NY and St. Augustine's in Troy, NY. You may find random thoughts, photos, poems, essays, etc. from me here from time to time.