"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depends upon you."
- Attributed to Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Father Bill Waters, O.S.A., Pastor
Father Bill is a native Philadelphian and has been the Pastor at St. Augustine Church since August of 2014.
Father Bill met the Augustinians at Malvern Preparartory School. He joined the Augustinian Order in 1965 immediately after graduating from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Since his ordination in 1971, most of his ministry has been in parishes. He spent four years as an Associate Pastor and 25 years as a Pastor in five parishes throughout Massachusetts, New York and Philadelphia.
As a member of the Augustinian Province of Villanova here in the United States, Father Bill also has served as Vocation Director (1975-79) and Formation Director (1979-84). He also served as a much beloved Campus Minister at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts from 2008 to 2014.
Although he is the only priest assigned to the parish, Father Bill's favorite part of being at St. Augustine Parish is the talent and devotion of all the many staff and parishioners around him. He loves the combination of the two basic communities of the parish: the Filipinos and the young adults. His favorite part of being a priest is to be so intimately involved in people's lives at very strategic moments. He is very grateful to be able to share Augustinian community life with two other Friars. He often may be found in his spare time playing backgammon online.
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Jacob A. Marquart, III, O.F.S., Director of Parish Services
Jacob is a member of the St. Augustine Church staff, and has become irreplaceable in assisting with the day-to-day operations, scheduling, and organization of the Parish.
After spending 10 years in hotel management around the country and then 20 years working in the healthcare industry, Jacob discerned another calling in his life. In 2010, he began employment with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He worked for three years at St. Joachim Church in Philadelphia as the Parish Services Director until it was closed and merged in June 2013. Jacob was then employed at the newly merged St. John Cantius Church in Philadelphia and worked concurrently as the Parish Services Director, Business Manager and Director of Religious Education. Jacob has also worked at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Croydon, PA for three years as the Director of Religious Education, as well as two years at Our Lady of Ransom Church in Philadelphia, PA as the Director of Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
In May 2012, Jacob became a graduate of the Church Ministry Institute at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary as a Lay Ecclesial Minister. He continued his theological studies at the seminary in the Graduate School of Theology and graduated in May 2015.
As a Permanently Professed member of the Franciscan religious order, Order of Franciscan Seculars, Jacob strives to observe and live the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.
Jacob currently resides in Philadelphia and in his free time enjoys sacred and classical music. He spends much time at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jacob is classically trained on the clarinet, violin and piano. He also enjoys finding new restaurants and dining with family and friends, cooking and traveling to distant lands around the globe to discover its peoples, customs and cuisines.
"Pax et Bonum!"
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Kim Barroso, Music Director
Kim has been a member of St. Augustine for over 10 years, and serves as the Music Director, coordinating the music for liturgies, directing the choirs, and playing for liturgies and services.
Born in the Philippines, Kim Rojo Celestino Barroso began his piano study at the age of 4 under the tutelage of his grandmother, Anita Celestino. Soon, under the guidance of Marina Diokno, Kim entered the Philippine High School for the Arts. There he continued his studies with Araneta Lim and Regalado S.L. Jose, who conducted his Graduation Recital performing with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
At Regalado Jose’s suggestion, Kim took lessons from Bien Panganiban, founder of the Ryukyu Academy in Okinawa, Japan, who suggested Kim apply for Winthrop University in South Carolina, where he became Kim’s benefactor.
Under Dr. Eugene Barban, Kim graduated with Honors with a Bachelor's in Piano Performance, receiving First Honorable Mention for two consecutive years from the South Carolina Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition. Kim moved to Philadelphia to earn his Masters in Music degree from Temple University in Piano Performance and Piano Chamber Music Accompanying, where he studied with Harvey Wedeen and Lambert Orkis. Kim's work for the university landed him a position as an Artist-in-Residence working for the Choral and Vocal Departments, and pledged to performing and accompanying for various concerts, auditions and masterclasses.
Kim also currently teaches a Piano and Musicianship class at Rutgers Camden University.
Kim is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and Assistant Alumni Adviser for the Omicron-Upsilon Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, which he helped charter at Temple University. Kim’s community involvement also afforded him the opportunity to be President of the Filipino American National Historical Society – Pennsylvania Chapter (FANHS-PA) from 2007-2010. He also currently serves as a Public Relations Officer for the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia.
In the community, Kim is a house pianist for Larry McKenna’s New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse. He has been a music director and accompanist to several performances of local opera companies such as the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Opera Seabrook, International Opera Theater, Opera Libera and also for the Montgomery Community College’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto.
As collaborative pianist and soloist, Kim has performed with local orchestras such as the Ambler Symphony Orchestra, Olney Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. He also has performed at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and sometimes frequents the home of Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Jose Cuisia, Jr., performing for U.S. and foreign dignitaries in Washington DC.
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Tim Babbage, Accountant
Tim is the accountant at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, and was imported from Australia. He came reluctantly to St. Augustine on the recommendation of a friend who saw the job posting in the Sunday bulletin at another church, and thought that a part-time job might be a good retirement occupation. Father Jim McBurney apparently thought so as well, so Tim joined the staff in 2009.
Previously, Tim had been the facilities manager for several technology companies. He was also Financial Controller for a hotel in California for several years. Having lived in several different cities, he finds himself returning to Philadelphia as a city that has many activities, good transportation, and (usually) pleasant weather.
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Jean Mangini, Wedding Coordinator
Jean is the Wedding Coordinator at St. Augustine Church, organizing and managing over 45 weddings every year. She joyfully helps non-parishoner couples during the course of their preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage at our historic Old City church, from scheduling the day, to gathering the correct paperwork, to cueing each bridesmaid in a stately walk down the aisle.
Jean has worked at St. Augustine's for over five years, first beginning part-time work under Fr. Jim McBurney, OSA. Simultaneously, she worked part-time for National Shrine of St. Rita's on South Broad Street.
As the years progressed, began working full-time as the Office Administrator at National Shrine of St. Rita's in South Philly, and was called back to St. Augustine's as Wedding Coordinator in 2013 under Fr. Michael Slattery, OSA and has continued her tenure up to today.
Jean has been married for 30 years to Mario Mangini, and together they have three children and one beautiful grandchild. She is a parishioner at Annunciation B.V.M. Church in South Philadelphia where husband, Mario, also works part time. Jean is involved with St. Pio Chapter of the Sons of Italy and St. Pio Novena and Festival annually in September.
She worked as a paralegal from 1984-1996, and is also very involved with St. Katherine's Day School for Special Children with Disabilities where her youngest son, Antonio, is one of the students.
Contact Jean to learn more about celebrating your wedding at St. Augustine's:
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Robert Zigmund, Facilities Manager
Bob Zigmund is the Facilities Manager at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church. He grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and moved to the Philadelphia area in 1994. He resides in Glenside, Montgomery County, PA. He has a great deal of experience in residential and commercial repairs, remodeling, and construction along with a diverse background in business, law, entertainment, and public safety services. He has also coached CYO Youth Basketball.
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Ken Houser, Assistant Facilities & Friary Environmental Services
Augustinian Friars in Residence
Living in Augustinian Community
The Rule of St Augustine, written in the 300’s AD, is the guiding force in our community life. Living the Rule of St Augustine calls us to be “of one mind and heart intent upon God.” We live in community to reflect the early Christian communities.
As Religious, we profess the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. We are called to strive to live poverty by sharing all things in common and not claiming anything as our own. We live chastity by freeing ourselves to not reach out to just one family, but to all people we encounter. We live obedience by seeking out the needs of the Church and Order in serving others, not just attending to our own needs.
The Augustinian Community at St. Augustine Friary share morning and evening prayer together each day. One morning each week, we share insights and reflections on the scripture readings for the upcoming weekend. Once a week we also read and reflect on a section of The Rule of St. Augustine, and once each month we celebrate the Eucharist together. We also plan one social evening a month with each other. Monthly community meetings (House Chapters) double as an opportunity to "check in" with each other on how things are going in our individual lives. Although each friar tries to have a personal annual retreat, we also plan two Days of Recollection each year as a community.
Father Tony Burrascano, O.S.A., in residence
Father Tony has had years of widely varied experiences and has lived all over the world. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, after entering the Augustinian Order, he attained a BS in Education from Villanova University, and then a Master’s Degree of Divinity (M.Div) from the Washington Theological Union. For the first 13 years of his service, Father Tony worked in various parishes before becoming the Province Treasurer for 15 years and Director of Foreign Missions for another 7 years. He has spent time in Peru and Africa with the Augustinian Missions.
Father Tony enjoys the unique quality of St. Augustine's. It has a special history because it was the first Augustinian Community in America, and the neighborhood combines American and Augustinian history - two of Father Tony's interests. Though the parish is small, Father Tony feels the combination of the Filipino Community and the young adult community is so exciting. He says the commitment and dedication of the people of the parish is outstanding. Father Tony lives at St. Augustine's and is involved in the parish community. He also serves at St. Rita’s Parish on Broad Street and fills in at other Augustinian parishes when needed. Father Tony continues to teach in schools about the Augustinian Missions, and speaks in parishes to raise money for them.
Father Paul Morrissey, O.S.A., in residence
Father Paul was born in Philadelphia, the second oldest of 14 siblings. He attended Villanova University and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. After briefly working for Sikorsky Aircraft, Father Paul entered the Augustinians. This year, 2016, he will celebrate 49 years of priesthood, the last 11 of which he has been at St. Augustine's.
If you enjoy the gardens around the rectory, be sure to thank Father Paul. He diligently tends these green spaces, and particularly enjoys working in the Healing Garden on the bridge side of the church. This garden is dedicated to reconciliation in our hearts and our city.
Father Paul has recently published his first novel, The Black Wall of Silence. He also provides spiritual direction and celebrates Masses. Additionally, he coordinates Adeodatus, a re-entry from prison ministry, named after St. Augustine’s son.
Father Paul's favorite part about St. Augustine’s is that it is the historical root of the Augustinians in the United States.
Contact Fr. Paul
Director of the Spiritual Life Center