Augustinian Recollect Family in Costa Rica. Feast of the Conversion of Saint Augustine 2023.

On Monday, April 24, the liturgical feast of the Conversion of Saint Augustine, the Augustinian Recollect Family of Costa Rica met at Saint Ezekiel Moreno Seminary in Pozos in Santa Ana to celebrate together one of the most relevant feast of the Augustinian calendar.

With the motto of the 2022 General Chapter in mind: Together, the family of Augustinian Recollects in Costa Rica is taking important steps to generate links among all its members through the most important celebrations of the Augustinian calendar together. The feast of the Conversion of Saint Augustine was one of those occasions.

The celebration of this festivity began with the Eucharist that was presided by the Bishop Emeritus of Alajuela and Augustinian Recollect Bishop Ángel San Casimiro, who was accompanied by the Augustinian Recollect Friars, the Augustinian Recollect nuns and the Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity. San Casimiro applauded the efforts to create more communion within the family and urged all those present to learn from the various conversions of St. Augustine to always seek synodality and the constant desire for conversion.

After the Eucharistic celebration, the attendees moved to the facilities of Saint Ezekiel Moreno Seminary to share a fraternal banquet and continue the festivities. There gathered, the prior of the community, Víctor González, welcomed all the attendees and presented the program of informative and cultural activities that consisted of a presentation of the activities of the FSAR in Costa Rica by Kattia Angulo, member of the FSAR of Pozos, and Marlon Barquero, president of the FSAR of Cartago. Immediately afterwards, the attendees were able to witness a small theatrical play staged by the Augustinian Recollects in formation from the Saint Ezekiel Moreno Seminary on the conversion of Saint Augustine.

The celebration ended with the blessing of the prior of the community, Víctor González, and the invitation to the next great celebration on August 28th on the feast of Saint Augustine.