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When did the Lord want to show himself? At the breaking of the bread. We can be sure of that: by sharing the bread, we recognize the Lord.

Saint Augustine

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From the Order
Rome, Italy
October 2014
The inaugural assembly of the Institute of Augustinian Spirituality (ISA) took place in Rome from the 22nd to the 24th of October...
Rome, Italy
October 2014
Dear Sisters and Brothers: Pope Francis presided at the Mass for the opening of our General Chapter in August 2013 and he called us to celebrate next year, 2015, as the Year of Consecrated Life...
Colón, Panama
September 2014
Our brother, Fr. Manuel Ochovagía Barahona,was ordained bishop of the Diocese of Colón and Guna Yala, Panama, at the hands of Bishop Andres Carracosa...
From the Circumscriptions
Cascia, Italy
September-October 2014
The Assembly of the “Mother of Good Council” Federation of Augustinian Monasteries of Italy opened on last Sunday of September...
Panamá
September 2014
The Chapter Assembly of the Vicariate of St. Thomas of Villanova in Panama was held from the 10th to the 12th of September presided over by Fr. Alejandro Moral, OSA prior general...
Jos, Nigeria
On 28th August 2014, the Nigerian Augustinians gathered together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the presence of the Order in Nigeria...

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Solemn Profession

MARTINHO ALBERTO, Tiago (HIS), September 13, 2014
OTAKA HIGA, Jose Javier (ARG), September 08, 2014
FRANCO GONZALEZ, Dagoberto (MEX), August 28, 2014
PAZ MENDIETA, Hector (PAN), June 14, 2014
ABELLANA, Imman Noel Arnado (CAE), June 12, 2014
ASOR, Aimark Palma (CAE), June 12, 2014
DURAN, Oswald Fajardo (CAE), June 12, 2014
NOMBREFIA, Antonio Oblea (CAE), June 12, 2014
VALMORES, Jasper Villanueva (CAE), June 12, 2014
SARDIDO CERBOLLES, Dante (ORI), June 04, 2014
BENDOY MORABE, Dante (ORI), June 04, 2014
SUPREMIDO MELGAR, Genaro (ORI), June 04, 2014
ARESSERIL, Emmanuel (IND), May 31, 2014
SIMON, Bernard (IND), May 31, 2014
JOOSADASAN, Anil Kumar (IND), May 31, 2014
RODRIGUEZ VASQUEZ, Diomer (PER), February 15, 2014
MONTES DE OCA NUNEZ, Rodolfo (MEX), February 13, 2014
CINTRA, Paolo Henrique (BRM), January 12, 2014
MARKUS, Galadima Bitrus (NIG), January 06, 2014
MBUVI, Peter Kyalo (KEN), January 06, 2014
NYAOMA, Edwin Orina (KEN), January 06, 2014
DI LERNIA, Pasquale (ITA), December 07, 2013
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
FERRO SAYA, Flavio (APU), November 10, 2013
RAMOS CASTILLO, Edwin Eliecer (PAN), September 28, 2013
SAAVEDRA MENDIETA, Luis Estaban (PAN), September 28, 2013
CAMPO VILLACORTA, Bernabé (HIS), September 21, 2013
OWIYO, Boniface Odhiambo (KEN), August 28, 2013
MAKOKHA, Stanislaus Wamache (KEN), August 28, 2013
LUNA BUENO, Pablo A (MEC), August 28, 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
NDANDA ALOGWA, Vincent (CON), October 07, 2012

First Profession

KPOMADJE, Hyacinthe (BEL), August 31, 2014
HOUNSIEDE, Julien Coovi (BEL), August 28, 2014
MENDOZA ZAMORA, Jose Alejandro (MEX), August 28, 2014
ORIHUELA POPOCA, Emmanuel Israel (MEX), August 28, 2014
MENDOZA ABONCE, Jose Juan (MEX), August 28, 2014
OLAN ALMEIDA, Luis Baltazar (MEX), August 28, 2014
BARRERA AVALOS, Pedro (MEX), August 28, 2014
GARDUNO GONZALEZ, Raul (MEX), August 28, 2014
TAPIA ISLAS, Hector Manuel (MEX), August 28, 2014
DABROWSKI, Jacek (POL), August 28, 2014
SIEGEL, Joseph (CHI), August 10, 2014
MULLARKEY, Nicholas (CHI), August 10, 2014
NARDONE, Colin (VIL), August 09, 2014
BOLIVAR, Arthur (ANG), August 06, 2014
DABRE, Gladson (ANG), August 06, 2014
YANG, Philip (CAL), August 02, 2014
BAIOCCO, Robert (CAL), August 02, 2014
VILLENEUVE, Maxime (CAL), August 02, 2014
NGUGO, Geoffrey (TAN), July 01, 2014
KOMBA, Jerasko (TAN), July 01, 2014
Mtuy, Richard (TAN), July 01, 2014
IMUJARO, Geofrey Barasa (KEN), July 01, 2014
PETER, Daniel Male (KEN), July 01, 2014
BUNGEI, Emmanuel Kipchumba (KEN), July 01, 2014
MLELWA, John (TAN), July 01, 2014
CAMARENA RODRIGUEZ, Edwin (PAN), June 05, 2014
GALVEZ MARTINEZ, Anel (PAN), June 05, 2014
MORENO GOVEA, Jorge (PAN), June 05, 2014
ARCA, Randy Afuang (CAE), May 13, 2014
BAJAMONDE, Christopher Rey Rebise (CAE), May 13, 2014
CAÑETE, Mark Louie Jumapao (CAE), May 13, 2014
FORTUNA, Eduardo Jr. Boyonas (CAE), May 13, 2014
PARK, Hyo-Jin Francisco (KOR), February 08, 2014
JANG, Jong-Hyup Paolo (KOR), February 08, 2014
JANG, Dae-Geon Andrea (KOR), February 08, 2014
VÁSQUEZ PASMIÑO, Roy Andrés (IQU), January 25, 2014
CENEPO SAQUIRAY, Brian Junior (IQU), January 25, 2014
FARFAN REANO, Riverson (APU), January 25, 2014
FERREIRA, Thulio Luis (BRM), January 12, 2014
FERREIRA, Tailer Douglas (BRM), January 12, 2014
SANTOS DE CARVALHO, Leandro (BRM), January 12, 2014
ALVES GOMES, Alisson Paulo (BRM), January 12, 2014
MASI, Antonio G (ITA), September 01, 2013
OREL, Miroslav (BOH), September 01, 2013
CONTRERAS NOLASCO, Roberto (MEX), August 28, 2013
CASTILLO DAVILA, Nestor (MEX), August 28, 2013
GERALDES BARBA SANTOS, Pedro (HIS), August 28, 2013
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

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)

FLAHERTY, John J. (CHI), October 10, 2014
PAYNE, John F. (VIL), October 09, 2014
RAPONI, Domenico (ITA), September 18, 2014
BRECHT, David L (CHI), September 06, 2014
GERHARDY, Roger (Willy) (GER), August 04, 2014
DIAZ GARCIA, Gonzalo (MAT), July 30, 2014
FORMOSA-KERR, Cherubin (MEL), July 26, 2014
BEULLENS, Jules (BEL), July 23, 2014
MARTINEZ GUTIERREZ, Gregorio (PHI), July 21, 2014
VECCIARELLI, Gilberto (ITA), July 21, 2014
TRACY, T. Shawn (VIL), July 20, 2014
FALK, Bonifaz (Klaus) (GER), July 11, 2014
MORAN, Patrick (HIB), July 09, 2014
ALESSANDRI, Angelo (ITA), July 09, 2014
McHUGH, Peter (AUS), July 02, 2014
MARTINEZ IGLESIAS, Juan Antonio (PHI), June 22, 2014
LABRADOR GARCIA, José Esteban (HIS), June 20, 2014
CAMARENA MORENO, Odilon (MEX), June 20, 2014
PLANK, Bernhard (GER), June 01, 2014
MONTEIRO, Ralph (VIL), May 20, 2014
GHILARDINI, Luigi (ITA), May 14, 2014
CONWAY, James P. (VIL), April 28, 2014
BERNARDO APARICIO, Gregorio (PHI), April 26, 2014
SALVADOR MENDANA, Hermenegildo (MAT), April 26, 2014
BOSMANS, Lambert G. (CAN), April 20, 2014
ALVAREZ GOMEZ, Domingo (PHI), April 13, 2014
BURT, Donald X. (VIL), April 11, 2014
WOOD, Edson J. (VIL), April 09, 2014
BERNARDO APARICIO, Gregorio (PHI), March 26, 2014
PINEDA RAMOS, Rafael (MEX), March 22, 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 (Wim) (BEL), 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

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.