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Lord, those who are bowed down with burdens you lift up, and they do not fall because you are their support.
(Confessions 11,31)

Saint Augustine

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Rome, Italy
April 2014
The first meeting of the Vocations Commission took place in April 2014 in Rome...
Rome, Italy
April 2014
The first meeting of the new International Commission for Evangelisation and Pastoral ministry took place in April 2014 in Rome...
Vatican City, Rome
April 2014
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has authorized the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints to publish the decree regarding the heroic virtue of Br. Sebastián Elorza Arizmenedi OSA (1882-1942)...
From the Circumscriptions
Chicago, USA
March 2014
During the week of Mach 24-27, Provincials from English-Speaking Countries where the Order serves gathered in Chicago...
Paracuellos de Jarama, Spain
November 2013
The bishop of Alcalá annually celebrates Eucharist in the cemetery of Paracuellos de Jarama, where seventy Augustinian religious were martyred...
Cebu, Philippines
November 2013
The extent of the destruction caused by the catastrophic earthquake and super-typhoon which recently occurred in the Phillipines cannot be described sufficiently in words....

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Solemn Profession

JANDE, Mark Nelson (NIG), November 13, 2013
YASHIM, Chris-John Gabriel (NIG), November 13, 2013
DUNG, Davou Alfred (NIG), November 13, 2013
IWUH, Ignatius Chiedozie (NIG), November 13, 2013
SODJE, Ochuko Kenneth (NIG), November 13, 2013
EGBEDIKE, Chinonso (NIG), November 13, 2013
RAMOS CASTILLO, Edwin Eliecer (PAN), September 28, 2013
SAAVEDRA MENDIETA, Luis Estaban (PAN), September 28, 2013
CAMPO VILLACORTA, Bernabé (HIS), September 21, 2013
IZAGUIRRE SANCHEZ, Héctor Alexander (AMC), August 17, 2013
GARCIA ZABALA, José Javier (AMC), August 17, 2013
ROSARIO JOAQUÍN, Héctor Luis (ANT), August 03, 2013
SANTANA DURAN, Rafael (ANT), August 03, 2013
BARBOSA ANGARITA, Néstor Adrián (VEN), July 06, 2013
MARCANO MOLINA, José Rafael (VEN), July 06, 2013
MLELWA, Constantine (TAN), July 02, 2013
LENDO, Elmer Jamero (CAE), June 08, 2013
REYES, Ric Anthony Alcibar (CAE), June 08, 2013
ALVAREZ ALVAREZ, Crisanto (COL), June 08, 2013
RODRÍGUEZ PÉREZ, Germán Darío (COL), June 08, 2013
BENAVIDES JURADO, Jhonatan (COL), June 08, 2013
PINEDA HENAO, Camilo Augusto (COL), June 08, 2013
PONCE SOTOMAYOR, Faith Darwin (ORI), May 22, 2013
ACUPAN PATAGAN, Anthony (ORI), May 22, 2013
CASPE BALEÑA, Juanito (ORI), May 22, 2013
TABAN, Elia (CON), May 18, 2013
NDANDA ALOGWA, Vincent (CON), October 07, 2012

First Profession

ESONO MANGUE, Filemón Nkara (PHI-TAN), August 28, 2013
RENTSCH, Christian (GER), August 24, 2013
BARKER, Brian (CHI), August 11, 2013
RUIZ, Joseph (CHI), August 11, 2013
CISSELL, Bernard (CHI), August 11, 2013
POTENCIO, Aldo (VIL), August 03, 2013
FRADER, Estimé (VIL), August 03, 2013
KERNS, Bryan (VIL), August 03, 2013
PINZON ARENAS, Fabian Andrés (VEN), July 13, 2013
CASCO MUÑOZ, Pedro Francisco (AMC), July 13, 2013
POLANCO PEREZ, Mario Ernesto (AMC), July 13, 2013
HOYOS AGUILAR, Engels José (AMC), July 13, 2013
QUIRÓS TENCIO, José Alexander (PAN), July 06, 2013
CRUZ CARRANZA, Gustavo Alberto (PAN), July 06, 2013
PINTO MARTÑINEZ, José Enrique (PAN), July 06, 2013
SERRANO JURADO, Carlos Raúl (PAN), July 06, 2013
LEONES PÉREZ, Juan (PAN), July 06, 2013
ARCIA, Jorge Luis (PAN), July 06, 2013
MBADWE, Amos (TAN), July 01, 2013
MGAYA, Gideon (TAN), July 01, 2013
MLELWA, Edgar (TAN), July 01, 2013
NCHIMBI, Jasilo (TAN), July 01, 2013
NGIMBI, Mathew (KEN), July 01, 2013
ARROYO ROYALES, Dioscoro (ORI), May 22, 2013
MALQUIN RODRIGO, Aldin (ORI), May 22, 2013
ATIENZA, James Carlo Mesina (CAE), May 11, 2013
BALLER, Jubanie Rey Fides (CAE), May 11, 2013
BILLONES , Fredie Camilo (CAE), May 11, 2013
DOMASIAN, Mark Noveros (CAE), May 11, 2013
PARMISANO, Jaime Silvestre Cubeta (CAE), May 11, 2013
PASPE, Christian Jhon Gumban (CAE), May 11, 2013
POLIQUIT, Armar Dondriano (CAE), May 11, 2013
REVILLA, Florentino Gallo III Palattao (CAE), May 11, 2013
FUTOSHI MATSUO, John (JAP), February 11, 2013
HO THONG THUY, Micae (AUS), February 03, 2013
RESOLADO, Saldie L. (AUS), February 03, 2013
SEVARE, Percival (AUS), February 03, 2013
LEE SEONG-HO, Antimo (KOR), February 02, 2013
PARK SANG-IL, Wilibrordo (KOR), February 02, 2013
HONG SEUNG-MIN, Johan (KOR), February 02, 2013
BETANCOURT BUITRAGO, Robinson J. (COL), January 26, 2013
ALBA LAVERDE, Wilmar A. (COL), January 26, 2013

Saint Augustine:

«Of necessity we are sorrowful when those whom we love leave us in death... Our weakness bears us down, but our faith bears us up. We sorrow over the human condition but find our healing in the divine promise.» (Sermon 172)

WOOD, Edson J. (VIL), April 09, 2014
POZO LIEBANA, Adolfo Benito del (PHI), March 18, 2014
DIEZ PEREZ, Agustín (PHI), March 13, 2014
HAUGHEY, Peter (HIB), March 05, 2014
PEETERS, Jan (HOL), February 25, 2014
GAVIN, John R. (CHI), February 22, 2014
CRESPO CRESPO, Ovidio (CAS), February 21, 2014
MIFSUD, Joseph (MEL), February 09, 2014
PRIETO PELLITERO, Julián (PHI), February 05, 2014
MAGRO, Saviour (MEL), February 04, 2014
TELLINA, Loreto (ITA), February 03, 2014
JONK, Willem (Win) (HOL), February 01, 2014
HANOUILLE, Roger (VIL), January 26, 2014
ORTEGA CUESTA, Vidal (CAS), January 15, 2014
REVILLA MARTINEZ, Vidal (PHI), January 12, 2014
HERRMANN, Winfried (GER), January 06, 2014
GRIFFIN, Edward (VIL), January 04, 2014
ROBLES BARO, Frutos (PHI), December 29, 2013
MARTIN MARTIN, Saturnino (PHI), December 23, 2013
PUFFER, Georg (VIE), December 17, 2013
BRESNAHAN, John (VIL), December 09, 2013

History of the Order

I. 1244

On December 16 of the year 1243, Pope Innocent IV issued the bull Incumbit nobis calling on several eremitical communities in Tuscany to unite themselves into a single religious order with the Rule and way of life of St. Augustine. The following March, 1244, the hermits held a founding chapter in Rome under the guidance of Cardinal Richard Annibaldi and put the union into effect. Thus began the history of the Order of St. Augustine.
The pope directed the Tuscan hermits to elect for themselves a prior general and to draw up a set of constitutions. From then on they became known as the Order Hermits of St. Augustine.

II. St. Augustine's Monasticism

The monastic tradition embraced by the Hermits in 1244 has its earliest traces soon after St. Augustine's conversion in Milan, when he and some friends returned to his native Tagaste, gave away their possessions, and began a life of prayer and study as "servants of God".:
You, Lord, make men of one mind to dwell in one house... We kept together with the intention of dwelling together in our holy resolution. We made our investigations as to what place would be best suited for your service and together we were returning to Africa (Conf. IX, 8).
Ordained a priest in 391, Augustine obtained the use of a garden at Hippo to build a monastery for his lay community. He later wrote a Rule for his brothers, inspired by the Christian community in Jerusalem:
Before all else, live together in harmony, being of one soul and one heart seeking God (I, 2).
When he became bishop of Hippo he chose to reside in his episcopal house but continued to live a community life with his clergy. Later a monastery of women was established within the city, bringing to light three forms of Augustinian religious life: masculine, both lay and clerical, and feminine.
Augustine's ideal spread to other parts of Africa. Several of the brothers were ordained bishops and brought their previous monasticism to other local churches. In fifth century Africa Augustinian inspired monasteries numbered approximately thirty-five. Between the years 430 and 570 this life-style was carried to Europe by monks and clergy fleeing the persecution of the Vandals. Around 440 Quodvultdeus of Carthage brought it to Italy near Naples. In 502 St. Fulgentius of Ruspe arrived in Sardinia. Donatus and seventy monks brought it to southern Spain about 570, and some monks may have even reached France.
The abundance of ancient manuscripts of the Rule of St. Augustine shows a constant interest in it during the middle ages. Nevertheless, it was overshadowed by other Rules for more than three centuries, particularly the Rule of St. Benedict. Augustine's Rule appears again in practice in eleventh century Europe as a basis for the reform of monasteries and cathedral chapters. It was adopted by the Canons Regular of the Abbey of St. Victor in Paris, the Premonstratensians and the Lateran Canons.

III. The Grand Union Of 1256

Further development took place on 9 April 1256 with the bull Licet Ecclesiae catholicae of Pope Alexander IV. The pope confirmed the integration of the Hermits of John the Good (Rule of St. Augustine, 1225), the Hermits of St. William (Rule of St. Benedict), the Hermits of Brettino (Rule of St. Augustine, 1228), the Hermits of Monte Favale (Rule of St. Benedict), and other smaller congregations with the Tuscan Hermits into "the one profession and regular observance of the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine".
The Grand Union was made at the Tuscan hermits' foundation of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, again under the direction of Cardinal Annibaldi, with delegates coming from each hermitage. Lanfranc Septala of Milan, previous superior of the Hermits of John the Good, became the Prior General of the Order comprising 180 religious houses in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Low Countries, France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Bohemia and England.
The Union of 1256 was an important step in the Church's reform of the religious life. By it the pope intended to end the confusion arising from the excessive number of small religious groups and to channel their spiritual forces into an apostolate of preaching and pastoral care in the rising cities of Europe. The Augustinians thus took their place as mendicant friars alongside the Dominicans, the Franciscans, and, were followed soon after by the Carmelites.
The Mendicant Movement of the thirteenth century was a revolutionary response to a revolutionary situation. The Church's unity was being threatened anew by heresy. Fresh challenges were evolving out of economic and intellectual changes in society. The friars were sent directly into the developing commercial centers to preach to the growing educated classes and to bring the spirituality of the Gospel to the people.
Thus the spiritual identity of the Order had two foundations. The first was the person of St. Augustine from whom it received its concept of religious life, in particular the importance of the interior search for God and community life. The second was the Mendicant Movement by which the Order of St. Augustine became an apostolic fraternity.