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Augustinian Friars in the News

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The Lancaster Diocese has a new bishop, and he is an Augustinian Friar:  the Rev. Michael Campbell, OSA.  He has been coadjutor bishop for the Diocese since March 2008. He takes over from Bishop Patrick O’Donohue who has retired.  More news from a Zenit press release here.

In the meanwhile, the Augustinian friars who have been working in the Monsignor Bonner High School (Delaware, USA) are preparing for their departure from the campus they have served since 1953.  The author of the news item from DelcoTimes writes that the reason is due to the dwindling number of friars in the Province of Villanova:


With 213 priests and brothers in the order — and just more than 100 who are involved in full-time active ministry — the order was spread too thin between various parishes, high schools, Villanova University, Merrimack College and a variety of ministries stretching from Massachusetts to Florida, Esposito said. The order (read=”the Province of Villanova”) also has missions in Peru, South Africa and Japan.

Read more about it at DelcoTimes Staff writer Timothy Logue did a good job on this piece as he describes the reactions of students and parents to the departure of the friars.

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Originally posted 2009-05-06 01:45:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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