We were not just concerned with our parishioners’ spiritual well-being. A lot of time and effort went into healthcare, helping the sick pay for prescriptions and facilitating volunteer APSO Nurses’ work. Later, Chris Fitzgerald OSA built the first Health Clinic in Santa Rita, and Paul O’Connor OSA built the State Hospital in Flavio Alfara.
The great work of the sisters was invaluable to our mission in Ecuador. The Irish Presentation sisters will remain forever in Flavio and Chone’s memory, especially for their social work and their commitment to family catechesis. The Franciscan and Dominican sisters too contributed greatly to our mission’s success.
Although our Irish Missionaries in Ecuador have dwindled to one, Fr. Ted McCarthy in Convento, we are confident that the ship is being expertly steered by local Augustinians and the local communities we shared so much of our lives with.
A Missionary’s Story, A Memoir.
Fr. Paul O’Connor OSA
he 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.
We respond to these needs at home and abroad. While most of us are in Ireland we still have a number of men in Nigeria, Ecuador, Kenya, North America, Australia and Rome. We also try to assist overseas projects, especially where there is other Augustinian’s present and where the needs are greatest. In recent times we have offered assistance in Korea, India, and DR Congo.
In Ireland we minister in three Dublin parishes: Meath Street, Finglas and Ballyboden and we run John’s Lane Church, where we have had a community since it was opened in 1874.
Our most northerly community is in Drogheda and we have two secondary schools, one in New Ross and another in Dungarvan. We also have a community running the church in Dungarvan town. We also have a church-run by our community in the ‘other’ capital, Cork, and a Church in Galway, Limerick and the town of Fethard in Tipperary.