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Asia Pacific Augistinian Conference

Order of Augustinians Discalced


The address of the the Provincial in the Philippines is St. Nicholas of Tolentine Provincial House, Tabor Hill, San Jose Purok 3, Talamban, Cebu City, Philippines.
The international headquarters isAgostiniani Scalzi, Curia Generalizia, Piazza Ottavilla 1, I-00152 Roma RM, Italy.

The date of 19 May 1592 is considered the time of birth of the Order of Discalced Augustinians (OAD). On this day, the hundredth General Chapter of Order of Saint Augustine (OSA) at the Convent of Saint Augustine in Rome formulated a Decree "Et quoniam satis” which prescribed the reform in all convents in the Order. A few weeks afterwards on 28 June Father Andrew Diaz OSA, a Spanish Augustinian, arrived in Naples with permission to use the Augustinian hermitage of Sta. Maria dell’ Olivella to begin the reform movement that led to the foundation of a new Order that became known as the Discalced Augustinians.

On 20 July 1592 Fr Diaz gave the reformed habit to the first four Discalced Augustinians; it was made of rough wool, and they gave up wearing shoes and socks as a way of giving witness to the Reform that they intended. On 22 December 1594 Pope Clement VIII formally approved the reform they were undertaking.


We are discalced (barefooted) because we desire to live a peculiar internal attitude of humility (which we profess as a fourth vow) that favors poverty, mortification and detachment from the world. This detachment is expressed through our bare footedness which has a more profound spiritual meaning than the outward expression of simply taking off the sandals. It means as our Venerable Fr. John of St. William explains it referring to Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush: “Enter barefoot in this land because it is holy. Bare or empty first your feet, that means the affection of your soul, so that it may remain bare and free”. So, being discalced means detached from worldly cares, empty of self pride, and free for God.

Our SPIRITUALITY: Pope Paul V on 28 September 1609 through the Decree “Christi fidelium”, he identified our Order with these words “Service of the Most High in the spirit of humility.”


The OAD journey, has humility as the starting point of conversion, Christ as the point of reference, and unity as the point of arrival.

Humility – hidden in God: “Brothers, meditate on Christ’s humility. May he speak it about it with you within and inside yourselves…May he show you the grace of humility. Hold on to this solid truth.” (Homilies on John’s Gospel 3, 15)

Conversion – return to the Lord: “Return to yourself and once you are in yourself, fix your eyes towards heaven. Do not stay long within yourself. First, return to yourself from the external world, and then give back yourself to Him Who has created you. It is he who when you were lost, searched for you and when you fled away, found you. Into himself he converted you who have turned your back against him. Return to yourself therefore and keep yourself moving towards him who created you.” (Sermon 330, 3)

Contemplation – living the Word: “Meditate in your heart the words that your mouth proclaims when you pray to God in psalms and hymns”. (Rule of St. Augustine)

Communion – Many in one love: “We are all one in Christ, we are the body of Christ, We are that one thing we desire, the only one thing that we have asked that is to see the wealth of the Lord. We are only one in the One.


Our apostolic activity springs up from our spiritual life which is that deep intimacy with God and it belongs to the nature of our charism as religious. The first field of apostolate is the community: we refer to the first community of Jerusalem and the first community of St Augustine in Thagaste. We strive to put together everything, honoring God in each other and serving the needs of the Church. “If you like to love Christ extend your charity to the whole world because in the whole world are the scattered members of Christ” (St Augustine) Therefore, our apostolate is also missionary by nature. Our apostolate is our Mission in Action.


Today Discalced Augustinians minister in various parts of Italy and Brazil, and are also present in the Philippines, Cameroon, Indonesia, Paraguay, and once again in Vietnam. Areas where Discalced Augustinians have ministered previously include China, France, central Europe (Bohemia, Austria, Moravia, Slovenia, Bavaria and Silesia).


The history of the Discalced Augustinians in the Asia-Pacific goes back to the year 1698, when the OAD reached China, and came to involve missions at Haidian ?? and Beijing. In 1814 the Order departed China and moved to the Philippines.

Today the OAD presence in the Asia-Pacific – at locations in the southern Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia - all takes place under the direction of the OAD Commissiariate Province of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, which was established in 2012. The Provincial resides in the community of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Provincial House which is located at Tabor Hill, San Jose Purok 3, Talamban, Cebu City, Philippines.

As at April 2014 the Province comprises seven canonically erected houses as follows:

  1. Sto. Niño and Our Lady of Consolation House in Tabor Hill Talamban, Cebu City, Philippines with 11 priests, 2 of whom are in Vietnam and one in Italy for further studies, 1 religious brother, 2 deacons, and 8 solemn professed brothers.
  2. St. Thomas of Villanova House of Aspirancy in Lower Tabor, Cebu, Philippines with 3 priests and 28 aspirants/postulants.
  3. Our Lady of Good Counsel House of Professed Brothers in Sunny Hills, Cebu, Philippines with 3 priests, 4 solemn professed (deacons), 8 simple professed brothers and 2 postulant-priests.
  4. Divine Mercy & St. Augustine House of Aspirancy in Ampayon, Butuan City, Philippines, with 3 priests and 2 aspirants.
  5. St. Rita Novitiate House in Biasong Ormoc Leyte, Philippines, with 5 priests, 2 religious brothers and 6 novices.
  6. Our Lady of Fatima House in Pasig-Antipolo, Manila, Philippines, with 5 priests.
  7. Fra Luigi Maria Chmel House in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, with five priests, four simply-professed brothers with two of them for religious brotherhood, and six aspirants.

There are two priests in the Studentato Internazionale (the OAD international house of studies in Rome) for studies, one deacon who was ordained on 11 May 2014 by His Holiness Pope Francis, one priest as Definitor General of the Curia, one member of the Studentato Internazionale community, and five simply-professed brothers undertaking further studies.

As of April 2014 there are 122 members in the OAD Commissiariate Province of St. Nicholas of Tolentine. These comprise forty-four priests (27 in the Philippines and 17 outside), three non-clerical religious brothers, sixteen solemnly professed (of whom eight already are deacons), seventeen simple-professed, and forty-two aspirants/postulants from the Philippines and Indonesia (two of whom are priests).

All in all, despite the damage caused in November 2013 by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda to the OAD community in Biasong, Philippines, the Discalced Augustinians have continued to progress. In terms of formation, four members were ordained to the priesthood on 10 September 2013, and have since been appointed to different communities. On 12 April 2014 eight young OAD members became theology graduates from the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, Philippines on 12 April 2014. Seven OAD deacons were ordained at San Isidro Parish Church in Talamban, Cebu City on 24 April 2014. A group of twelve candidates participated in the seven-day OAD vocation orientation program at Tabor Hill.

Internationally the Order has three Provinces - Italy, Brazil and Philippines - and a worldwide total of approximately 500 members, a tally that includes all of our solemnly professed, simple professed, novices, postulants and aspirants. The international headquarters of the Order is located in Rome. Address:

Agostiniani Scalzi, Curia Generalizia,
Piazza Ottavilla,
1, I-00152 Roma RM, Italy.

Further information about the Discalced Augustinians can be found on the following recommended Internet links:

-          OAD Website Indonesia: www.oadasia.com

-          Facebook Indonesia: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







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