The Augustinains of the Midwest (Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel) has an excellent web site with more up-to-date comprehensive information on vocations.
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As supplemental reading, you can read
the following text which is a copy from an old pamphlet.
Passionate - Dedicated - Prayerful
Together The Journey
The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
A Rich History
Augustinians are the spiritual descendants of Saint Augustine, one of the great thinkers of Christian antiquity and of the West. Extending over many centuries from medieval times to the present, the history of the Augustinian family is intertwined with the history of the Western world. Organized in 1244 by Pope Innocent IV, the Order of Saint Augustine is a religious community of "friars" or brothers serving the Church. Formed as a direct response to the needs of Europe in the thirteenth century, the Order witnessed the movement of people from farms to towns teeming with commerce. Augustinians moved into newly expanded cities and began to involve themselves in administering the sacraments, preaching and teaching. Augustinians helped Christianity recover from the Reformation, brought the Gospel message to Central and South America, planted the first seeds of Asian Christianity, and founded schools and parishes in North America.
The Augustinian style of life, like Saint Augustine's, is both active and contemplative. Service to the Church is nurtured by a commitment to individual and communal prayer. As Augustine founded communities to follow the Gospel, so the Augustinians seek to be a "community of believers" with "one heart and mind" in God (Acts 4:32).
Almost 3000 Augustinian friars live in community, ministering to people all over the world. We go wherever the needs of the Church call us - to the inner city, to rural and remote areas and to foreign lands. We serve in many different ministries: as teachers, chaplains, social workers, missionaries, writers and artists as well as pastoral ministers, preachers of the Word, presiders of the Eucharist and celebrants of the sacraments.
The Order is divided into many geographical provinces throughout the world. Each province is composed of local communities (houses or friaries). Each house is a community of three or more brothers. An Augustinian community is a family of equals. Wherever we live, or whatever form our work takes, we strive to realize what we seek in our Order: a community of mutual love and respect in the search for God in and with one another.
Our Charism - WHO WE ARE
Saint Augustine believed that God could best be discovered in the company of friends. Community occupies a central position in Augustinian spirituality. The Augustinians are a community of brothers and sisters who live with the People of God. Our journey is shared with other brother and sister Augustinians, with the people of the areas we serve, with the larger Church and with the entire world. In Augustinian spirituality, love of God and love of neighbour are one.
Also prominent in Augustine's spirituality is a commitment to develop the interior life through prayer. Prayer is the foundation for our service to the Church. Augustine writes in the very beginning of his Confessions, "You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless, until they rest in You." Augustinian life is a shared journey to God, a life of contemplation and action, prayer and service.
What now? You may not be sure where God is leading you, but you feel a gentle tug at your heart. Where do you go from here?
First, meet an Augustinian. Contact one of the vocation directors whose numbers are listed at the back of this brochure. He will schedule an appointment to meet you or direct you to an Augustinian community nearby. As you share your story, and the story of the Augustinians, you will learn more about yourself and learn to hear God's call more clearly.
Initial formation is structured with serious consideration given to the unique circumstances of each candidate. Those of college age may join St. Joseph's Seminary at Loyola University in Chicago to pursue a college degree while considering a call to religious life. Older candidates can do the same at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. while living in an Augustinian community. An alternate process involving a "live in" experience may also be arranged.
If you decide to continue your journey, you will enter the novitiate. This year-long program fosters spiritual growth and increased self-knowledge through prayer, courses in spirituality and religious life, and through meetings with the director. At the end of this year, if you desire to dedicate your life to living the Gospel values of poverty, chastity and obedience in community, you will ask to profess temporary vows.
As a professed member you will pursue graduate theological and pastoral studies as well as other training to prepare for your future as either a priest or brother. After spending at least three years in temporary vows, you will be eligible to profess solemn vows that express a lifelong commitment on the Order of Saint Augustine.
John Merkelis, O.S.A.
Tom Whelan, O.S.A.