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What does it take to become an Augustinian Friar?

The path to become a solemnly professed Augustinian Friar involves 9 stages that usually span the course of 6-7 years.

The process involves learning how to live the Augustinian way of life, participation in ministry, several stages of discernment, and academic preparation for full-time ministry.

Learn about the 9 Steps of Augustinian Formation

Meet the men in Formation

Learn more about becoming an Augustinian Friar

The purpose of this section is to highlight the experiences of the men currently in formation with the Augustinians in North America.

Below you will find a curated selection of posts written by Augustinians journeying through the formation process.

A very special thank you to all our benefactors and friends who make our formation program possible.


The Experiences of the Men in Augustinian Formation

How Can I Take Action on the Environment?

There is a lot of debate in our world today about the extent and root causes of the current ecological crisis. However, there is little debate about the fact that the environment has and continues to sustain damage impacting all of us across all corners of the planet. In A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching, […]

A Model of Discipleship in St. Nicholas of Tolentino

by Spencer Thomas, O.S.A. A reflection on Luke 10:1-11 and Sirach 2:1-9 “By his prayer he was pleasing to the Lord, and by his acts of loving service he was pleasing to his neighbor.”………“He was a joy to those who were sad, a consolation to the suffering, peace to those at variance, refreshment for those […]

An Augustinian Witness to the World Community

by Jack Tierney, O.S.A. As an Augustinian, I am grateful for all the service opportunities that God has provided me. These experiences have refined my vocational calling and exposed me to the many ways that Augustinians serve the people of God. After two years of studying theology at Catholic Theological Union, Augustinian students in North […]

What is Augustinian ministry at the United Nations?

by Jack Tierney, O.S.A. Ministry with Augustinians International offered a steep learning curve. I had to learn about the UN system, understand how member states engage in diplomatic dialogue, and how civil society takes an active role in influencing events. It took a few months before I could speak the language and understand our purpose […]

Prison Ministry in the Spirit of St. Augustine

Every person struggles with the search for happiness.  Saint Augustine’s City of God portrays the human search for happiness as a struggle between two loves:  love of the eternal (God) and love of earthly things (XIV, 28).  Only through love of God will we attain true and lasting happiness (XII, 2).  Yet, the passions often cause us to redirect our love […]

An Augustinian Pastoral Response to Mass Incarceration

The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.  With 2.2 million people currently incarcerated, this represents an increase of nearly 500% over the past 30 years.  Yet, two out of every three people who are released from incarceration will commit another crime and return to prison or jail.[1]  These alarming trends have been labeled […]

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