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Augustinians Elect New Prior General

Posted September 6th, 2013


On September 4, representatives of Augustinians throughout the world elected Fr. Alejandro Moral Anton, O.S. A., as the 97th Prior General of the Order of St. Augustine.  Gathered for the 184th General Chapter of the Order in Rome, which began with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on August 28, the feast of St. Augustine, the delegates will also elect members of the General Curia and set the course for the Order for the next six years.

Fr. Moral, 58, was born in Spain, where he entered the Augustinian Province of Spain in 1972.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1981, and since 2001 he has been a member of the Order’s General Curia on which he has held various responsibilities: President for the Commission charged with the revision of the Constitutions, President of the Economic Commission, and President of the Order’s Secretariat for Justice and Peace.  Father Alejandro has also worked extensively with the Order’s international commissions on Laity, Education, Finances, and Spirituality. He has published various articles on Sacred Scripture and the religious life.

The Augustinians trace their spiritual roots to St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430).  The Order was founded in 1243, and Augustinians currently serve the Church throughout the world with nearly 2,700 friars in 32 countries.

Fr. Moral will serve a six-year term as Prior General.  He succeeds Fr. Robert Prevost, O.S.A., who visited the Prep several times during his tenure as general.