Fr Patrick Benignus (Ben) O’Rourke OSA died peacefully last Sunday at 10.00pm in St Joseph’s Home, 3 days after celebrating his 90th birthday. He was ordained in 1956 and posted to Austin Friars School, Carlisle, until 1981 where he taught English and become Headmaster. From 1981 to 1997 he served here at St Mary’s as Parish Priest before transferring to Clare Priory as Parish Priest for 8 years, remaining there till 2018. Fr Ben was known widely for his prayerfulness, his ge
In the picture: the General Council of our Order We are pleased to inform our friends and readers that the 186th General Chapter will begin in Rome, on Sunday 1st September, at the headquarters of the Augustinians (Via Paolo VI, right next to the colonnade of St. Peter’s Basilica). The Constitutions of our Order says: The General Chapter, gathered "to promote the common good of all Religious", constitutes the main event of the life of the Order. It must in fact bear witness a
Extract from the book 'Making Room for Others'. This article appeared in Our Sunday Visitor (May 15, 1988), and was originally written to coincide with the 16th centenary of the conversion of St Augustine in 1986. Imagine a young man in his early 30s, capable, intelligent, ambitious, who left home to become a university teacher. Not only was he the brightest student of his generation, but he had a winning and attractive personality and was never without friends and admirers.
David Brooks is a journalist with the New York Times and a non-practising Jew. In 2013, in his early fifties, his life fell apart. He separated from his wife of 27 years, with whom he had three children. It left him feeling alone and adrift, and desperate. Having side-stepped religion for most of his life, without being particularly opposed to it - he enjoyed celebrating the Jewish holy days with his family when growing up - he now felt drawn to religion in search of answer
A talk by Jean Maynard entitled "Sheepfolds for Lost Sheep - Catholic Missions in Nineteenth Century Inner London". Jean is the author of "The Saint of Hoxton", about the former parish priest of St Monica's, Fr Michael Kelly (d.1914) and the Beginnings of St Monica's Parish. She is also the author of "Saint Monica's Church Hoxton Square: A History" (2018) which will be on sale after the talk. The talk will be followed by tea at about 3.30pm and a tour of St Monica's Church at
Between June 19 and 25, Barbara Sierp, Helen Hughes, Chris Gent and Luis Arana from from Our Lady of Good Counsel, Clare, and Chris Dempsey from St Joseph’s, Broomhouse, Edinburgh, joined by Fr Gladson Dabre O.S.A., attended the IV International Congress of Lay Augustinians, under the motto "Sharing the Joy of the Gospel". The Congress was held in Sacrofano, near Rome, with a focus on Augustinian spirituality, Augustinian lay identity and ways to make the laity feel more conn
Since your ordination in 1956 you have never stopped ministering. In these sixty-three years your three major periods of ministry are spread over Austin Friars School, Carlisle, then St Mary’s Harborne, Birmingham, and finally Clare Priory. In each of these you are remembered with affection and gratitude. From all over the Province, on your birthday, we send you our best wishes, our thanks and our prayers.