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Photo Gallery: 11 Men Profess First Vows as Augustinians

(From top left) Brother Adnan Ghani, O.S.A.; Very Rev. Michael F. DiGregorio, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the East Coast Province of St. Thomas of Villanova; Fr. Joseph Broudou, O.S.A.; Very Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Midwest Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel and Canadian Province of St. Joseph; Brother Dan Madden, O.S.A.; Very Rev. Joseph L. Farrell, O.S.A., S.T.D., Vicar General of the Augustinian Order; Brother Sarfraz Alam, O.S.A.; Very Rev. Kevin C. Mullins, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the West Coast Province of St. Augustine; Brother Dominic Smith, O.S.A.; (From bottom left) Brothers Elizandro Contreras, O.S.A.; Bobby Carroll, O.S.A.; Joseph Roccasalva, O.S.A.; Jeff Raths, O.S.A.; Sam Joutras, O.S.A.; and Novice Atsushi Kuwahara

On July 31, 2016, the Augustinians welcomed ten new friars into the Order (one more joins this August in his home of Japan). This was a significant milestone in their discernment and religious formation.

This step - their profession of simple vows - is step 5 in our 9 steps of the Augustinian Formation Process. From here, nine men will begin studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, a graduate school of theology. One other will continue his formation in California. Our eleventh novice joined the Order after already being ordained a diocesan priest; he will begin serving as one of our newest Augustinian pastors this fall.

We are overjoyed that these men have decided to take this next step in their spiritual journey. By professing their vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Augustinian Order, they are committing themselves to learn more about the consecrated life by following the footsteps of Saint Augustine.

Please enjoy the photo gallery below of their profession ceremony!


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