During these weeks,  some one hundred Agostinian priests and brothers are engaged in discussions, within the General Chapter of the Order, regarding the Augustinian presence in the Church and the social sphere. On the 9th September the Chapter members celebrated the Eucharist of the Holy Spirit.

The proceedings were as follows; the Chapter members came together in the hall where the Chapter was to be held. The scrutiny for the Prior General took place. In all, eighty members of the Chapter had the right to a vote. The votes were counted. The members of the Chapter then assembled in the Chapel, there the official result was communicated; Rev. Fr. Alejandro Moral Anton of Spain was re-elected as Prior General.

Subsequently, Rev. Fr. Alejandro gave acceptance to the election results and made his profession of Faith by which he re-assumed the chair of Prior General and the responsibilities there of. The Te Deum was chanted.  Than as the Magne Pater Augustine (the hymn for Saint Augustine) was intoned each member of the Chapter exchanged the sign of peace with the Prior General.

Rev. Fr. Alejandro Moral Anton was re-elected Prior General of the Order of St. Augustine for a six year period. This will be his second mandate in a row, since his first mandate comanced in 2013. Rev. Fr. Alejandro, is from La Vid, Burgos (Spain) and he has previously served in his home Province Hispaniae which is based in Madrid. He has been at the Curia as Vicar General of the Order.

In the following days, on Wednesday 11th September 2019, the other officials of the Order were elected: the assistants general being Rev. Fr. Joseph L. Farrell from Darby (Pennsylvania) who was confirmed in the post of Vicar-General ,  Rev Fr. Luis Marin de San Martin and Rev. Fr. Paul Graham, they come from Madrid (Hispana Province) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK Anglae-Scotiae Province) respectively, Europe is than represented by two councillors, in the General Council of the Order.

Three other membres of the General Council are Rev. Fr. Anthony Banks, Rev. Fr. Edward Daleng and Rev. Fr. Alexander Lam who hail from Lower Hutt (Australia Province), Yitla’ar Plateau State (Nigeria Province) and Lima (Perù Province) respectively. The office of Secretary to the General Council  will be carried out by a young italian from Trani (Puglia) Rev. Fr. Pasquale Di Lernia OSA.

Two other posts decided by the Chapter for the Augustinian Curia are that of the Economo General which will be filled in by Rev. Fr. Franz  Klein from Wùrzburg (Germany) and the Procurator General post which went to the councillor from Nigeria Rev. Fr. Edward Daleng OSA.

To each and all, these members honoured by such abundant trust from the voters in the 2019 Ordinary General Chapter, we wish every successful enterprise in their present service to the Church and the Order. Goes without saying, we pray with confidance to our unique Lord and trust these brothers of ours to his care and constant vigalance.



Nhar il-Ġimgħa 27 t’ April intemm il-Kapitlu Provinċjali Ordinarju tal-patrijiet Agostinjani ta’ Malta li fih ir-reliġjużi inġabru biex jiċċelebraw u jevalwaw il-ħajja tagħhom, waqt li jippjanaw il-programm tagħhom għall-erba’ snin li ġejjin. Din il-parti tal-Kapitlu kienet preseduta mil-Assistent Ġenerali tal-Ordni, P. Luis Marin de San Martin.


On Friday 6 April 2018, Fr Rikkardu Attard celebrated the 60th Priesthood Anniversary. A celebration was held at St Nicholas of Tolentino, Tarxien.

May God continue to bless our brethren while giving him health and courage in his ministry.

 

 

Photos: Francis Darmanin MBA MIAP MIMIS MIM BA Hons. Photography

 


Yesterday 4th April there was the official opening of the Ordinary Provincial Chapter of the Augustinian friars in Malta. The day before, a moment of Prayer was held. The Chapter is the general meeting in which the religious gather to celebrate and evaluate their life while preparing their programme of pastoral life for the forthcoming four years.  The Augustinians serve the church and society in various fields in Malta and abroad.

During the opening celebrations of the Chapter the Prior General of the Augustinian Order Fr Alejandro Moral Anton O.S.A. gave the mandate to the new Provincial Prior Fr Leslie Gatt O.S.A. who had been elected earlier on this year. During the morning session of Thursday 5 April 2018, was also elected the Council of the Province composed of Fr. Mario Abela O.S.A., Fr. Alex Cauchi O.S.A., Fr. Paul Formosa O.S.A., Fr. Franco Grech O.S.A.

Fr Terence Spiteri O.S.A. was then elected Provincial Secretary while Fr Pierre Desira O.S.A. was elected the Provincial Bursar.

The Ordinary Provincial Chapter which is being held at the St. Mark’s Priory in Rabat, will proceed by means of discussions during the coming days. The friars will then meet again in a General Assembly for a week of work and discussions towards the end of April.

 

(Photo 1: Fr Raphael Abdilla OSA

Photos 2 - 8 : Fr Terence Spiteri OSA)

 

 


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