Welcome to the Irish Augustinians
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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 70 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.
The purpose of the Order consists in this, that united harmoniously in brotherhood and spiritual friendship, we seek and worship God and work for the service of his people. In this way, we share in the Church’s work of evangelization bringing the Good News to the whole world so that we may transform the world from within.
The Augustinian way of life was founded to respond to the needs of the Church of the late 1200s. And it is this call to respond to the Church and peoples’ needs that still inspires us today. On this website, you will see our close involvement with our lay communities associated with our parishes, schools and churches around Ireland and our Lay Forum which is seeking ways to create communities of Augustinian life and spirit for these times. Our earliest traditions go back to Saint Augustine. Particularly in more recent years, we are rediscovering what a wonderfully rich legacy he has left us. As well as that we are also involved in the following Ministries:
One characteristic of the Augustinians in Ireland is our diversity of ministry and we strive to maintain that to allow the greatest expression of the gifts of the individual priests and brothers. We live and work and pray together and try to share our experience of community, the struggles and the joys, with those with whom we minister. We share that lived experience with our brothers from other Provinces too. Brothers from North America, Nigeria, Spain and other locations live with us while they pursue studies in universities here. Summer is a joyous time for us when students from all over the world come to our communities to study English. That affords us a shared experience of some of their culture, their traditions, their experiences and their provinces too!
Come take a look yourself…
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 picture to follow the link.
Unitas (Unity): The Augustinian idea of unitas is that the dignity of the human condition brings us together and that this profound unity calls us to a deep community spirit of friendship. It is also a call and challenge to respond to other individuals’ needs and support the common good as we journey together through life
Truth (Veritas): The large truths of the meaning of life, human destiny, and a loving God. Truth writ large concerning creation and re-creation in Christ, the Truth that sets us free. It speaks to truths, as well – the truths of learning, beauty, and the sciences. We are guided by what has been expressed as two great wings, reason and faith, with which we ascend to Truth – knowledge that leads to wisdom.
Love for all (Caritas): As we are loved so we are called to expressions of love. To serve the common good, to care for those in need (cf. Mt. 25) and to announce the Good News in practical deeds, the search for justice, and affirmation of human rights in the public square are all expressions of the truth of things and the imperatives of that understanding