The Association of Lay Augustinian Spinellians (A.L.A.S.) is made up of members, both males and females, who, guided by the spirituality of St Augustine and Mother Maria Teresa Spinelli, endeavour to live and develop their calling as Christians within the Church and in the world, while participating in the mission of the Augustinian Sisters, Servants of Jesus and Mary.
A.L.A.S. is based on three essential elements: Prayer, Service and Mission.
It was in the year 2000, on the hundred and fiftieth year since the passing away of the foundress, Mother Teresa Spinelli, that the Congregation of Augustinian Sisters, Servants of Jesus and Mary, took the initiative of setting up the first A.L.A.S groups. In the last few decades, great progress has been registered in the promotion of lay people and their mission in the world: the active and responsible participation of lay persons in the universal mission of the Church, as well as the personal calling of each and every one of them for sanctity. Lay persons, in their ordinary lives, are called to bear Christian witness within the family, at work, and in every possible way.
The first meetings of A.L.A.S. were held in the year 2000 at Provincial House in Birkirkara and they were presided by Sr Miriam Grech, the Provincial Mother at the time, assisted by Sr Ninette D’Amato. Today A.L.A.S embraces approximately seventy members, and is open to parents of students or past-students from St. Monica schools. It is also open to members of staff, friends as well as benefactors, who help in the work and mission of the Augustinian sisters. While the adults attend their own session, children are offered the opportunity to learn about the Augustinian spirituality and to grow up into committed Christians through a hands-on activity organized by one of the sisters. A.L.A.S has also a spiritual director who accompanies the members of the group on their spiritual journey.
Mother Teresa Spinelli valued community life. We try to keep this spirit alive by sharing our experiences because this strengthens our community spirit which was very dear to our Mother Foundress. The meetings are held every first Friday of the month at Provincial House, B’Kara at 7.30pm. Meetings include prayers, talks followed by a discussion, Advent and Lent retreats, social activities and also recreational gatherings. Fellowship follows our monthly meetings thus enhancing the Augustinian family spirit.
The A.L.A.S. Committee:
Mr Walter Debono
Sr Atanasia Buhagiar
Sr Margaret Vassallo
Sr Marisa Vella
Mrs Maria Pace
Mrs Nadia Vassallo
Mrs Terry Debono
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
I adore you and give you worship for your infinite greatness.
I give you thanks because you deigned to enrich the Church with
the charisma that you gave Mother Teresa Spinelli.
Father most High, in the name of Jesus Christ your Son, and through the
Power of the Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds to an awareness of your will for us.
Tender us your help in order to carry it out with the greatest love and joy,
in the belief that you are the Lord of Life, and your love for us is infinite.
Father most High, you call us to live life in communion with you and with each other.
We wish to respond to this calling by being, in conjunction with our Augustinian Sisters,
Servants of Jesus and Mary, a sign of your presence among humanity
Through carrying out our duties both honestly and joyfully, in full accord
With the teaching and spirituality of St Augustine and of
Mother Teresa Spinelli, following the example and through the intercession
Of Mary, your humble servant.
Spirit of Love, let the will of the Father be accomplished in our families
And among all peoples. Do not let us be closed up in our preoccupations,
But help us to be open generously to the needs of our brothers and sisters
And to be indeed living members of the Church in its journey towards heaven.
Pour your blessings on our Augustinian Sisters wherever they are, and
Give them the gift of full fidelity to their vows.
This we pray you through Christ, our Lord. Amen
Sr Atanasia Buhagiar
12 November 2001
Nihil Obstat Die 17 decembris 2001
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