Four novices made their first profession in the Order of Saint Augustine on Saturday, August 1, 2015, capping off the events held by the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova, marking a day to celebrate consecrated life, in the Church’s “Year of Consecrated Life.”
Provincials from each of the Provinces in the United States, Michael F. Di Gregorio, O.S.A., of the eastern Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova; Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., of the midwestern Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel; and Kevin C. Mullins, O.S.A., of the western Province of Saint Augustine, were present at the profession. Two novices from the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, James White and Javier Aguilar, professed their vows before Prior Provincial Michael F. Di Gregorio, O.S.A., of the Province of Saint Thomas. They were joined by two novices from the Midwest. Carlos Rodriquez and Jack Tierney, as they made their first profession of vows before Prior Provincial Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., of the Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel. They were then clothed in the black habit of a friar. After their professions and receiving the Rule and Constitutions of the Order of Saint Augustine from the Vicar General, Joseph L. Farrell, O.S.A., the four were warmly welcomed by all the Augustinians in the church. These four newly professed brothers will continue their studies at the theologate, Saint Augustine Friary in Chicago, where they will attend Catholic Theological Union (CTU), joining other brothers who are in formation there. Next year, the interprovincial First Professions will take place in the Midwest.
Congratulations to Carlos, Jack, Javier and Jimmy on your profession!
To read Father Michael's homily given at the Mass, click on the link below.