|Priestly Society of Saint Augustine of the Holy Cross
Priestly Society of St Augustine
Most Reverend Bishop Bernard Lopez SSSA/Holy Cross, Grand Prior
Most Reverend Bishop Robert Alonso Sosa SSSA/Holy Cross, Chancellor and Advisor
Most Reverend Bishop Donald Seekins SSSA/Holy Cross, Auxillary Bishop
Societas Sacerdotalis Sancti Augustini
We are strictly Augustinian priests dedicated to the Most Holy Cross and St. Augustine
|Our basis as brothers in the Society The
Priestly Society of St. Augustine calls us all and challenges us to
live according to the dictates of the Gospel,to love God and neighbor
We are called to deepen our relationship with Jesus each day through our
lives and this involves a deep personal and ongoing relationship with
the Divine Master. We must do this through our celebration of the
Eucharist, our daily participation in the Divine Office of the Church,
our prayerful lives and our desire to be used as servants of Jesus
Himself. We also need to earnestly read and dwell on the Word of God in
Sacred Scripture. We also need to have a great devotion to Mary, Mother
of Jesus, our Mother and the Mother of the Church.
The Rules of the Priestly Society of St Augustine should be read and
embedded in our hearts.
Let us all be worthy and deserving members of this great Priestly
Society of St. Augustine.
|The Search for God and Interiority
We tend towards God continually and insatiably, consciously and unconsciously, in order to enjoy the infinite good that fulfils our desire for happiness, because God has made us for himself and our hearts are restless until they rest in him.” For that reason, our common dedication is to seek without limits Him who should be loved without limits. But we cannot seek God together, except in Christ Jesus, the Word made flesh for us. He is for us the way, the truth and the life, such that starting from the visible flesh we arrive at the invisible God. For this reason, personal and community prayer, study and the cultivation of knowledge, reflection on the realities of our time and apostolic activity, are indispensable factors in our search, which lead us to the things which are the concerns of society. For nothing human is foreign to us, but rather involves us more in the world, the ambit of God's love (see Jn 3:16) and of encounter with him.
|Communion of life
Love comes from God and unites us with God, and through this unifying process it transforms us, so that overcoming all divisions, we are made one, until finally God is all in all (see 1Cor 15,28). This communion of life which Augustine proposes to us in imitation of the primitive apostolic community (see Acts 2:42-47), is an anticipation of complete and definitive union in God and the way to achieve it. While it is true that this “holy sharing of life” among the brothers is a gift of God, still each one of us must make an intense effort at perfecting it until unity in love is achieved. This unity in love, composed of many souls, will continue to exist in the heavenly city, which "will be the perfection of our unity after life’s pilgrimage.” Our communities ought to strive on earth to be signs of this unity, keeping the example of the perfect community of the undivided Trinity before our eyes.
The emblem of the Priestly Society of St. Augustine is a variation of the book, heart with an arrow through it, and a heart on fire, which in one form or another is used as the logo of all Augustinian Orders. It comes from this short quotation from The Confessions of St. Augustine: "Thou hast pierced my heart, O Lord, with the arrow of Thy love, and set it aflame with Love."
Most Reverend Bernard Lopez SSSA/Holy Cross Grand Prior, Jesus Our Savior Ministries PO Box 206 Mongaup Valley, NY 12762 845-707-4646 email address for Grand Prior firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly address all questions/concerns to Grand Prior only...845-707-4646
Bishop Chancellor/Advisor Most Reverend Robert Alonso Sosa 305-553-5381
Auxillary Bishop Most Reverend Donald Seekins, Assistant to Grand Prior, 585-201-3634
The Rule of St Augustine
|PRIESTLY SOCIETY OF ST. AUGUSTINE OF THE HOLY CROSS
Mongaup Valley, NY