This visit is part of his official duty of meeting each Augustinian community internationally during his six-year term of office. This however is his second visit as Prior General, having already visited all Augustinian communities in eastern Australia for two and a half weeks during March 2017.
The Order of St Augustine follows the Christian Gospels very much through the thought and writings of St Augustine of Hippo (356 – 430 AD). In this short video, Fr Moral speaks from the terrace of the Augustinian headquarters in Rome, directly across from St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican.
The Order of St Augustine had its formal beginning in the year 1256. Since the 1950s the predecessors of Fr Moral as Prior General have come from Germany, Spain (two), Italy, Ireland, the two from the United States; many of these friars had two consecutive six-year terms of office.
The Order of St Augustine is present on all continents, working in over forty nations. It is little wonder that it takes a Prior General six years to visit all Augustinian communities, especially when visitation is additional to his executive leadership role that is conducted from his office in Rome.
Based in Rome, Fr Moral became an Augustinian in 1973. His native country is Spain. Prior to his election to his current position in 2014, he had been an Assistant General in Rome for twelve years.