Augustinian Prior Provincial Announced
Former Villanova College Board Member, Teacher, and St Augustine’s College (Sydney) Old Boy, Fr Peter Jones OSA, has been elected Prior Provincial of the Order of Saint Augustine for Australia and South Korea.
Fr Peter was ordained to the priesthood on 1 July 1987 in St Kieran’s Church, Manly Vale. Since this time, he has been involved in the Catholic education apostolate at both St Augustine’s College – Sydney, and its brother school, Villanova College in Brisbane, parish ministry, spirituality ministry, and in the formation of candidates in their first years of preparation for Augustinian community life.
Fr Peter grew up in Manly Vale and attended St Kieran’s Primary School and then graduated from St Augustine’s College in Brookvale in 1976. After two years studying Economics/Law at the University of Sydney, he then joined the Augustinians and completed his Economics degree.
He has also been involved in Order activities at an international level, most recently the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Augustinian Novitiate (APAN) at Cebu in the Philippines in his role as Chair of the APAN Committee.
Villanova College congratulates Fr Peter on this exciting step in his ongoing Augustinian journey and thanks former Prior Provincial (2014-2018) Fr Dave Austin OSA for his enormous work and dedication to his role.
St Augustine’s College Principal, Jonathan Byrne said, “Many members of the College community have known Fr Peter as their teacher, Chaplain, an Old Boy and most importantly a friend, for many years. Our Augustinian values of Truth, Love and Community resonated so profoundly with Fr Peter during his student days, that he made a life changing commitment to serve as an Augustinian priest. We look forward to working even more closely with Fr Peter in his new role.”
Pictured: Newly Elected Fr Peter Jones OSA, Augustinian Prior Provincial (2018-2022) Australia & South Korea