The Augustinians in Ireland Today
Currently, there are 73 friars affiliated to the Irish Province, down from 100 in 2015. Our average age today is 75 years. Projections assure us that we will be down to 61 by 2025 and our average age will be 78 years! Augustinians are still ministering in Dublin (John’s Lane and Ballyboden), Cork, Dungarvan (2 houses), Drogheda, Fethard, Galway, Limerick, and New Ross. The Province now consists of seventy-five Friars, fifty of whom are still in active ministry. We minister in four parishes: Meath Street, Finglas, Ballyboden and Galway; we run two very substantial schools in the south east of the country, Dungarvan and New Ross. Four of the brethren are in Nigeria, one in Kenya and one in Ecuador.
Today you will find Irish Augustinians working in a wide variety of apostolates such as, parishes, schools, foreign missions, retreats, hospitals, youth apostolate, caring for the elderly and WOW( Word on Web… Adult Faith education ). We work in four parishes and two schools in Ireland. Our mission work extends to Nigeria, Kenya, Ecuador and also to RSA (Sth.Africa) with a Project for the Poor, being run by Fr. Michael Mernagh and his team. Michael resides in 90 Meath Street when not on the job and is heavily involved also with SICCDA, a well-known South Inner City Citizens Development Association. Across the water in the United States, Fr. John P.Grace does great work with the Knights of Columbus and is the Director of Chaplains Programs & Development at their Headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Closer to home the order has one dedicated centre for senior citizens on the old Abbey grounds in Grantstown near New Ross, Co. Wexford. This is run by Fr. Kevin O’Leary, osa and his team. Also Our men in Meath Street Parish together with other members of the parish are are involved in a big way with the long established Little Flower Centre, Meath Street — a registered Charity, which supplies over a hundred and fifty hot meals daily to patrons of the ‘Penny Dinners’ as well as having two ‘Meals on Wheels’ vans on the road to help old folk in flats living on their own.
Our communities are spread all over Ireland and are centred on prayer and bringing that sense of community that we nurture in our priories out into the wider parishes, communities and schools where we work.
Augustinians and their lay associates work with the poor, the hungry, the uneducated, refugees, and others in need. Their efforts are inspired and encouraged by St. Augustine’s many writings and sermons on justice, peace, poverty and wealth.