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 Ireland we have 82 friars. While there are many challenges in Ireland we are excited about the opportunities they offer us. As its 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 its our tradition and history that show us how life ebbs and flows over time, all the while leading us deeper into God's great mystery of love.
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.