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The Secular Fraternity in Tagaste starts off 2018 praying for the union of the Provinces

The Secular Fraternity in Tagaste starts off 2018 praying for the union of the Provinces
08-02-2018 Estados Unidos
In their "Tagaste Bulletin" in January, the Secular Fraternity, with its base in the Tagaste Monastery of Suffren (New Jersey, USA), informed its members about the Assembly of Religious and of its´ calendar of activities up until Easter.
2018 started off for the Augustinian Recollect Secular Fraternity of Suffren (New York, USA) with the great celebration of the Epiphany, which is the annual celebration with which they begin the activities for every new year.

The meeting started with a meditation and reflection in the Chapel based on one of the homilies of Saint Augustine focused on the liturgical celebration for that day. After that everyone walked in procession towards the dining room singing “We Three Kings”. After grace for lunch, everyone was able to enjoy the great variety of different foods brought from people´s homes in a wide and varied menu.

After lunch, those gathered shared their stories about Christmas, past and present, and exchanged gifts and smaller presents around the chimney in the large community hall.

From the 16th of January, the three Augustinian Recollect friars from the community joined together with the other forty friars who live and work in the United States in Oxnard, California. This Assembly brought together the Recollects from the two provinces in the country, Saint Augustine and Saint Nicholas of Tolentine.

The Religious from the community of Suffren presented in this Assembly a report on the state of the grounds of Tagaste Monastery, as well as an update on the pastoral and community activities carried out. The normal calendar of meetings for the Secular Fraternity of Tagaste Monastery continued with a meeting planned for the 7th of February, with two sessions one at two o´clock in the afternoon and the other at seven o´clock.

In addition, the following Saturday, 10th of February, they have organized a Saint Valentine´s Ball, run by the Hispanic community with a dinner, music and different activities like a pre-Lent celebration.

On Ash Wednesday there will be a Mass in Spanish at seven in the morning with the ritual of ashes to start Lent. Then on the 10th of March they will have the traditional annual Saint Patrick´s Ball and on the 17th of March the spiritual retreat for Lent for the Secular Fraternity.

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