St Monica’s College, Rome - Augustinian International House of Studies
In the heart of Rome, with St Peter’s Basilica and Square literally across the street, is the Augustinian International House of Studies, St Monica’s, where young men from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe are studying for the priesthood and religious life. Currently there are 9 students preparing for ordination and 11 newly-ordained priests doing further studies. Their countries are the Philippines, South Korea, Congo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, the Czech Republic and Italy. As well as at the Augustinianum, the Order’s theology institute on site, they also study at various universities throughout Rome.
Two students from the Congo marked a stage on their journey towards final vows and priesthood on 10 October 2020, when they renewed their vows in the college chapel, with its spectacular mosaic of scenes from the life of Christ by the well-known Jesuit artist, Marko Rupnik. Augustin Iyundaba Umemboli (26) and Felix Mawoko Madovolamo (25) renewed their annual vows before Fr Paul Graham of the English-Scottish Province and now based in Rome, was standing in for the Prior General, Fr Alejandro Moral Anton, who was in Abuja, Nigeria for a provincial chapter.
(Information provided by Fr Salesio Yang Ji-hoon, OSA, from South Korea.)