About Us Now
The Augustinian life is about living together in harmony as we journey with God and to God. We have been present in Ireland since shortly after the Order was founded in 1256. So our roots in Ireland are deep and longstanding. As an international order, we are numbered in the thousands worldwide. However, currently here in Ireland, we have 82 friars. While there are many challenges in Ireland we are excited about the opportunities they offer us. As it is the challenges of life that provide the greatest growth. So as things change rapidly in Ireland it is worth remembering Thaddeus of Vitovnica words,
Everything is changing; nothing remains static.
In our conversations and our meetings with people, we recognise the truth of this changing environment. However, our tradition and history provide an inspiration for us and many others. As it is our tradition and history that shows us how life ebbs and flows over time, all the while leading us deeper into God's great mystery of love.
Internationally, we work in 50 countries, with a huge variety of people from the poor, the hungry, those seeking education, refugees, and many others in need. However, one thing is common, and that is community. We seek to build community where we are and with the people we serve. Our work is inspired and encouraged by St. Augustine’s rule and his many writings and sermons on justice, peace, poverty and service to those in need. To connect with the website of our Order in Rome and for more information on the Augustinian Order internationally, click on the following link HERE.