The provincial prior opens the course with the new configuration of agencies and communities
On June 6th, the new Council of the Province of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine finished configuring the human teams that will make up the agencies of the Province for the next four years. All the religious have already received instructions on where they will reside and what work they will do from now on.
Carlos González, the prior provincial, has just presided over on September 10th his first celebration of the patron saint of the Province since he has received the commission of the animation and direction of the actions that execute the new Project of Life and Mission. On this day he wanted to send an office proposing the priorities of the task and mission of religious and communities.
The prior provincial reiterated that the beginning of the course and four-year period represents "new illusions, new searches, new energy, signs of the presence of the Holy Spirit who illuminates our minds, excites our hearts and moves us to carry out valuable actions. May we maintain the joyful spirit and illusion that the Holy Spirit gives us!"
The prior provincial proposes ten priorities, the first five coming from the spirit and text of the Life and Mission Project 2022-2028 of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, and the following five from the Life and Mission Project 2022-2026 of the Province of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine:
- To give special importance to accompaniment and ongoing formation;
- To place the Augustinian Recollect charism in the hands of our laity;
- To carry out the evangelizing mission with an Augustinian Recollect face;
- Emphasize attention to the poor, especially from ARCORES;
- And care for minors and vulnerable people.
- Give special attention to our local communities;
- To care with affection and quality for sick and elderly religious;
- Strengthen the formative process in initial formation;
- Revitalize vocation ministry;
- And to promote the process of participation and communion between religious and laity.
The provincial prior thanked the religious for their availability in the face of the changes that have occurred, typical of the post-capitular dynamic, with a new conformation for the 46 communities with the consequent transfer of personnel and the appointments of the priors and the new teams for the different organisms.
Regarding the communities, the provincial prior has highlighted some of the common notes, namely the generational difference, intercultural, size and type of service. These differences are on the one hand real challenges and on the other authentic riches.
He also encouraged them to delegate to the laity from charismatic co-responsibility, to understanding as a key attitude to illness or weakness, and to "communication, to love each other, to accept reality as it is, and to trust in the grace of the Holy Spirit, present in each brother and in each community. That's our strength!".
At its session on September 6th, the remaining priors of three communities in England and five in Brazil and the teams of the various provincial bodies, with their presidents, were appointed.
Thus, the Secretariat of Spirituality and Permanent Formation will be directed by Sergio Sánchez; the Initial Formation will be chaired by Luis Diego Ramírez; that of parish and missionary apostolate, Juan Carlos Avitia; and, finally, that of the Educational Apostolate, Juan Luis González.
Four Commissions have been formed with their presidents: Vocations (Víctor Manuel González); Youth Ministry (Héctor de Jesús Molina); Social Apostolate – ARCORES (José Alberto Moreno); and Communication and Publications (Marciano Santervás).
In another order of responsibilities, the director of the Bulletin of the Province is José Manuel Bengoa; the head of the Historical Archive, José Javier Lizarraga; the advisor of the Association of Christian Mothers of Santa Monica, Carlos Imas; and the spiritual assistant of the Secular Fraternities of Spain is Fray Germán Antonio Antón.
The three general directors of schools in Spain are lay people: Roberto Vaquero (Colegio San Agustín, Valladolid), Marta Villanueva (Colegio Romareda, Zaragoza) and Irene Rodríguez (Colegio San Agustín, Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz).