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We are Augustinians

We are followers of Jesus Christ

The Order of St. Augustine, or Augustinian Order, based upon the teaching of the Bishop of Hippo (354 - 430 AD), was founded in 1244, to live and promote the spirit of community as lived by the first Christian communities (Acts of the Apostles 4, 32-35).

Marylake Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, at sunset. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo: Barry Wallace

There are many ways in which to describe the Augustinian Order, to speak of its character, its history, its mission, and its charisma. First and foremost, however, the Augustinian Order is people – men and women – who, in the words of the Rule we profess, “live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God.” We are Christians who, captivated by the example of Saint Augustine, journey together, as we build our house and serve the Lord’s people.

From the Rule of St. Augustine:

The main purpose for your having come together is to live harmoniously in your house, intent upon God, with one heart and one soul (Acts 4:32).

Therefore call nothing your own, but let everything be yours in common. Food and clothing shall be distributed to each of you by your superior, not equally to all, for all do not enjoy equal health, but rather according to each one’s need. For so you read in the Acts of the Apostles that “they had all things in common, and each was given what he needed” (Acts 4:32, 35).

St. Augustine of Hippo St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break.

St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break.

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