Father Gary McCloskey, O.S.A., Leads Retreat in Nigeria

  Father Gary McCloskey, O.S.A., (center), is pictured with members of the Nigerian Province during his recent visit. John Abubaker, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Nigerian Province is on Father Gary's left..

Father Gary McCloskey, O.S.A., (center), is pictured with members of the Nigerian Province during his recent visit. John Abubaker, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Nigerian Province is on Father Gary's left..

Fr. Gary McCloskey, O.S.A., traveled recently to the Nigerian Province, where he led a retreat with a theme of Augustinian Restlessness. Fr. Gary expanded on themes identified by Pope Francis, given in his homily at the Mass for the Order’s General Chapter in Rome, in 2013. The retreat was part of the Nigerian Province’s celebration for “The Year of Consecrated Life,” part of their overall celebration this year, “Rediscovering Our Augustinian Identity.” During his stay, Fr. Gary was able to visit a high school as well as two new high schools that are being built, and the site for a National Shrine for Saint Rita of Cascia. He also visited General Council’s Apurimac Justice and Peace Initiative, which serves poor Muslims and Christians. The growth of the Province is enabling them to undertake these new ministries.