He chose Nairobi as the obvious centre for formation. He lived on his own in Nairobi for a few years. The Prior General and Assistant General paid regular visits to him there. He advertised for possible vocations in Kenyan Catholic magazines. He was also on the lookout for a formation house and when the Divine Word provincial told him that they had bought houses in Park Estate for philosophers, he did the same.he first candidates were accepted in March of 1997. They studied philosophy for three years at Consolata Institute of Philosophy, not too far from their formation house. If they wished and were considered suitable candidates, they were then sent to Jos in Nigeria for a year of Novitiate. The next stage was to build a theology house. Francis was fortunate to get a five-acre plot, halfway between the Catholic University of East Africa and Tangaza Seminary (where some 170 Religious Congregations send their students). St. Augustine’s Friary was built and now houses Augustinian theologians and post-graduates from Congo, Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya.
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.