Fund Priorities

The Augustinian Fund strengthens the mission of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Generous benefactors sustain the Augustinian way of life through support for the care of elderly and infirm friars and the education and training of future Augustinians. The Fund also provides support for Augustinian ministries that serve the poor and marginalized in foreign missions in Japan and Peru, the Augustinian Volunteer program and the Province's Justice and Peace Initiatives. 

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Father Joseph Aloysius Murray, O.S.A., was ordained to the priesthood on June 18, 2016 at Saint Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova, Pa.

1. VOCATION AND FORMATION

Those who are called to serve and enter religious life commit to an intense journey of academic and spiritual formation lasting for seven years. The Augustinian Fund ensures that resources are available to support the education and journey of these young men who are studying to become spiritual leaders of tomorrow in the spirit of Saint Augustine.


Father Michael F. Di Gregorio, O.S.A., is pictured with Father Michael J. Scanlon, O.S.A., while visiting Saint Thomas Monastery Health Center.

2. CARE OF THE SICK AND ELDERLY

The Saint Thomas Monastery, on the grounds of Villanova University, provides a home where elderly and infirm friars are able to retire from years of active ministry. The friars receive the medical care they need on a 24/7 basis, while experiencing the social and spiritual aspects of community life. Your support is a “thank you” to friars for years of sacrifice and service.


The "Comedor estudiantil" (student dining room) in Pacaipampa, Peru.

3. AUGUSTINIAN MISSIONS

The Augustinians serve the poor, needy, and marginalized with missions in Japan and Peru. Support for the missions enables friars to nurture the soul, feed the body and provide funds to build schools, repair existing structures and most importantly, strengthen people’s abilities to care for themselves.


Father Tony F. Burrascano, O.S.A., Executive Director, Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor (A.D.R.O.P.), pictured with Unity Clinic staff, which provides medical services for the underinsured of South Philadelphia. 

4. JUSTICE AND PEACE INITIATIVES

The Justice and Peace Office of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova is dedicated to advocacy for and collaboration with the poor and powerless in our society. To help carry out the mission of the Office of Justice and Peace, Father Jack Deegan, O.S.A., Director of Justice and Peace for the Province, established A.D.R.O.P. (Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor) as an umbrella organization for programs which would match identified needs with known resources to serve the voiceless and powerless in our various ministries.


Clare Spence shares a story with the students at Saint Augustine School. Clare served as an Augustinian Volunteer in the Lawrence, Mass., community.

5. AUGUSTINIAN VOLUNTEERS

The Augustinian Volunteers are young Catholic men and women who live together in community while serving God’s people in collaboration with the Order of Saint Augustine and others through a year of service. The Volunteers typically serve in five domestic sites and Peru where they enrich their lives even as they enrich and make a difference in the lives of others.