| Institutum Historicum
To all the friars:
The Augustinian Historical Institute [IHA] is a cultural organism of the Order of Saint Augustine, created by the General Council of the Order, to develop and coordinate activities of historical investigation, with one of its objecitves being to transmit and communicate our rich Augustinian historical heritage.
For this reason the IHA wishes to invite and involve all the friars of the Order in this task, placing before you the possibility of collaborating in an initiative which follows the model of Wikipedia, which we have called Alphabetum Augustinianum, with clear reference to the work of the illustrious Augustinian chronicler Fr. Tomás Herrera (1585-1654).
I thank you in advance for your interest and participation in making the Alphabetum Augustinianum an instrument which will serve to make our Order more widely and better known, an opportunity which will be a step forward and which, with the efforts of many, will get underway. We hope to be able to count on your collaboration.
I wish to close this message and invitation with the words that have already been placed on the Home Page of the Alphabetum Augustinianum:
“In harmony with the Augustinian tradition which says that a person grows by learning and is diminished by forgetting, we wish that the Alphabetum Augustinianum may be a place of encounter and service, where grateful memory is refreshed, takes on flesh, is actualized, and is transformed into knowledge. May we all be open to learning by teaching and to teaching as we learn. (Saint Augustine, In ps. 118, 17, 3)”.
Valencia de Don Juan, June 26, 2013
Fr. Jesús Álvarez Fernández, OSA
President of the Augustinian Historical Institute