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Province of St. Thomas of Villanova

January 2011

Fr. John E. Bresnahan, O.S.A. Celebrates his 100th Birthday, January 30, 2011

Left: Fr. John E. Bresnahan, O.S.A. Below: Fr. Mickey Genovese, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of St. Thomas Province, offers congratulations to Fr. Bresnahan on his milestone 100th birthday.

On January 30, 2011, Fr. John E. Bresnahan celebrated his 100th birthday, with family members, his fellow friars and friends, who gathered for the occasion at St. Thomas Monastery in Villanova, PA. Fr. Bresnahan is the oldest professed in the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. Fr. "B" received warm congratulations on this milestone from the Prior Provincial, Fr. Mickey Genovese, O.S.A., as well as Fr. Gary N. McCloskey, O.S.A., Prior of the Monastery. In addition, greetings from the Prior General in Rome, Fr. Robert F. Prevost, O.S.A., were sent and delivered by the Vicar General, Fr. Michael F. DiGregorio, O.S.A., who attended the celebration. After a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" was sung, guests at the celebration enjoyed dinner along with the celebratory cake to cap the event.

Fr. John E. Bresnahan, O.S.A. Celebrates his 100th Birthday, January 30, 2011

Top left: Fr. Bresnahan with Michael F. DiGregorio, O.S.A., Vicar General Top Right: Kail C. Ellis, O.S.A., John E. Deegan, O.S.A. and Thomas P. Dwyer, O.S.A. Left: Robert J. Murray, O.S.A. and Denis G. Wilde, O.S.A. Bottom Left: Charles P. Laferty, O.S.A., T. Shawn Tracy, O.S.A. and John J. Sheridan, O.S.A. Bottom Right: Fr. Bresnahan with Lee J. Makowski, O.S.A.

O.S.A. International Commission for the Laity January 25-27, 2011 - Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Augustinian and Lay members of the O.S.A. International Commission for the Laity, gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fr. Gary N. McCloskey, O.S.A., is in the third row, center. Fr. Gary N. McCloskey, O.S.A., in his role as a member of the O.S.A. International Commission for the Laity, recently facilitated a multi-lingual meeting of the Commission with Lay Representatives of the Augustinian Family during January 25-27, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the meeting there was agreement on the following: 1. A leading role for Lay Representatives of the Augustinian Family members in the creation of the Lay Augustinian Congress in 2012 in Rome. 2. A Position Description for Lay Augustinian Family Representatives created by Lay Augustinian Family representatives in consultation with the International Commission. 3. Electing the Global Lay Augustinian Family representative locally in the 5 zones of Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America, rather than at Lay Augustinian Congress in Rome in 2012. 4. Lay Augustinian Family members serving as major speakers at the Lay Augustinian Congress in 2012. 5. Lay Augustinian Family members creating a support fund for Lay Augustinian Family members to participate in international and national events, e.g., Lay Augustinian Congress in Rome 2012.

LEFT: Using headphones, members of the O.S.A. International Commission for the Laity listen to simultaneous translations of the discussion, at the meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

RIGHT: Members of the Commission attend the celebration of the Eucharist during the meeting in Buenos Aires, held January 25-27, 2011.

Fr. George F. Riley, O.S.A. Delivers the Invocation for 250th Installation of the Grand Marshall of New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade Fr. George F. Riley, O.S.A., gave the invocation at the New York Athletic Club for the 250th installation of the Grand Marshall for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Famed author of 42 books, Mary Higgins Clark, was installed as this year's Grand Marshall. With the year 2011, Fr. George also began his 50th consecutive, year-round weekend ministry in South Jersey, in the Diocese of Camden, NJ.

Augustinian Spirituality iPhone App Available

"Minute Meditations for Every Day Taken from the Writings of Saint Augustine" is available as an iPhone app. These meditations are taken from Augustine Day by Day: Minute Meditations for Every Day Taken from the Writings of Saint Augustine, by John E. Rotelle, O.S.A. (Catholic Book Publishing Co. New York, 1986.) For more information, please visit

Augustinian Volunteer Retreats

In early January, we gathered all the domestic Augustinian Volunteers in Ocean City, NJ for their Mid-Year Retreat. Fr. Mickey Genovese, O.S.A., came down on Sunday night to say Mass for the group to open our retreat. The Volunteers spent four days sharing their experiences from their first four months of being on-site and gearing up for their remaining six months of service and living in community. It was a great retreat and they seemed to really enjoy themselves! In mid January, we headed back to Ocean City, this time with our new international Volunteers. We spent three days with them doing a supplemental orientation, building on the orientation they received in August and preparing them for their departure. The Peru and South Africa Volunteers have been on-site for a couple of weeks now and are settling into their new homes. Thank you again for all the support and encouragement that we continue to receive from the Friars and our benefactors. Thank you especially for your prayers for Jenny Tobin. Please continue to keep Jenny and all the Volunteers in your prayers. April Gagne

Director, Augustinian Volunteers

News from the Missions Office

The office is in the midst of seeking permission from dioceses to speak in parishes next summer about our foreign missions. In all, we contact approximately 30 diocese seeking Mission Appeals. We are very grateful to those friars and former Augustinian Volunteers who gave of their time on behalf of the missions. In the month of February we begin a new year of Mission Appeals in the apostolates of the Province. Brian Strassburger and Fr. Tony Burrascano, O.S.A., will also speak to several of our schools and religious education programs in the New England, New York and New Jersey areas on the ministry of our missions.

Triennial Meeting of the Augustinian Federation of Africa (AFA) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Fr. Frank Doyle, O.S.A. and Fr. Jack McAtee, O.S.A., of the South African Mission, recently attended the Triennial Meeting of the Augustinian Federation of Africa (AFA). The meeting was held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Joining the friars were Srs. Delores and Bongiwe, two of our South African Augustinian Sisters. Sessions were held at Centre Catholique Nganda, where they were joined by 40 friars and sisters from Algeria, Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Benin Republic, Tanzania, Sudan, and Togo. The theme of the conference was: PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN AFRICA IN THE CONTEXT OF THE POST AFRICAN SYNOD 2009. The next AFA meeting is scheduled to be held in Togo in 2014. The Prior General was in attendance along with Franz Klein, O.S.A., Assistant General for Africa and other friars from Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Malta.

Fr. Frank Doyle, O.S.A. (left) and Fr. Jack McAtee, O.S.A., of the South Africa Mission, are joined by two Augustinian Sisters from South Africa, Sr. Dolores and Sr. Bongiwe.

Pictured left: Fr. Frank Doyle (standing, fourth from left) and some members of the Kenyan delegation in Nairobi, Kenya at St. Augustine Friary, our international house of theology. Fr. Frank was there to give several talks which were part of the ongoing formation program of the Kenyan delegation. He also helped facilitate sessions in preparation for the delegation's assembly next October.

Fr. James E. Martinez, O.S.A. Retires After 31 Years as Pastor of Our Mother of Good Counsel, Bryn Mawr, PA

On Sunday January 30, Fr. James E. Martinez, O.S.A., officiated at a "Farewell" Mass. After 31 years serving as Pastor at Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, in Bryn Mawr, PA, "Fr. Jim" has retired. The 11:15 AM liturgy was well-attended: the pews, the aisles and back of the church, including the vestibule, were packed. Following the liturgy, the parish celebrated Fr. Jim's service to OMGC with a reception in the gymnasium. There was music, plenty of good food and cake for the occasion. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has conferred on Fr. Jim the title "Pastor Emeritus," a special honor usually given to diocesan priests. Fr. Jim will be residing at St. Augustine Friary, in Villanova, PA. PICTURED LEFT: Fr. Jim Martinez

Pope Benedict XVI Names Miguel Olaortua Laspra, O.S.A. Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Iquitos.

Pope Benedict XVI has named Miguel Olaortua Laspra, O.S.A., as Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Iquitos. Bishop-elect Miguel, a native of Spain, is a member of the Spanish Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines. The Apostolic Vicariate of Iquitos is an ecclesiastical territory located in the northeastern part of Peru, along the Amazon River. This territory was entrusted by the Holy See to the Philippine Province in 1901. We ask the Lord to enlighten Bishop-Elect Laspra and strengthen him through the gift of grace, as he takes on this new ministry to which the Church has called him.

RIGHT: Most Rev. Miguel Olaortua Laspra O.S.A.

Merrimack Student Videos

Students from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, recently produced two short videos. The first piece is about the Augustinians and Merrimack College. A second short video highlights St. Augustine. Merrimack students also narrate and provide the music. You can find the videos on the web at: Augustine_a_Protestant

Friars: Please send information for publication in News Notes to: [email protected] Teddie Gallagher, Communications Director Phone: 610-527-3330 Ext. 248


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