So do I need to be anyone special for religious life?
No. We’re not looking for superman. However, there are some requirements.
You need to be between 18 and 50, although exceptions can be made according to individual circumstances.
What if I’m a woman? Can I still become an Augustinian?
There are Augustinian Sisters – with several congregations spread around the world, but there are none in Ireland as of yet. For a full list of female congregations in Ireland, please click HERE. However, women can also be associated with the Order through our Augustinian lay groups. For more info on our Augustinian lay groups, click HERE.
You need to have at least finished secondary school education and be qualified for tertiary studies. Once you have been accepted as a candidate by the Order, the study you take may vary. There are many paths, such as theological studies for the priesthood or another form of study that prepares you for a ministry in the Church. Such as teaching, social work, nursing…the field is wide open. The study and training we provide aim to equip you for your work as a member of the Order. This work may be in a parish, in education, in the caring professions etc. So it will be wherever you can best use your skills and gifts within the Order.
We would encourage you not to come too early in life. A bit of life experience after school, in a work environment, in further studies or in a family setting will help you mature and better understand yourself, others, and the world. Life experiences like these are invaluable.
Spiritual and Personal Qualities
You must be healthy and have a good healthy appreciation of life. It is helpful to appreciate your own humanity and humanness, living life in reasonably normal ways as a Christian. Individuals need a certain level of maturity as you are looking at a life that is lived in common as a celibate. Also, it is a life that may involve some demanding work. Furthermore, you need to be a person of faith, living out that faith in the Catholic community. A sense of humour would be handy too!