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Asia Pacific Augistinian Conference

Order of Saint Augustine - India

Who

Contact

The Delegation Superior can be reached by mail at
St Augustine’s Study House,
Mariyapuram-Thaikkattukara, 68316
– Aluva, Kerala, India,
or by sending an e-mail to augindia<at>apacwebweb.org
Within the Order of St Augustine, the Delegation of India is part of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in the Philippines (founded in the year 1575), which is based in Spain and serves in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa.
 
With three of its friars working in Australia with the Province of Australia since earlier in 2012, the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in the Philippines has become the first Augustinian province to have members working simultaneously on all the continents of the world. All members of the Delegation of India are Indian-born, as well as all of their members who are based in Spain, Rome and Australia.

When

On the 28th August 2011 the Delegation of Our Lady of Grace (India) celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the blessing of its Priory at Edacochin – the first house to be established in the twentieth-century return of the Order to India. 
 
It was in 1968, after more than a century of absence from India, that the Order of St Augustine began to plan its return there. As a result, the first Indian candidate, Patrick Scaria arrived in Manila and made his Solemn Profession on 4th February 1974, thus becoming the first Indian-born Augustinian in the modern era.  Bro. Francis Kothakath was the second candidate to arrive in Manila in 1973 and his solemn profession and ordination to priesthood he returned to India in 1978 to look for possible place to start the Order in India. Fr Francis began to search for a place to start the mission and in 4th February 1982 the first temporary house was blessed at Fort Cochin, in a house temporarily provided by the Bishop of Cochin. Fr Francis continues to be an active member of the Delegation of India today.
 
He sought a place to construct a monastery and he bought a place at Edacochin. The monastery was partially completed and blessed in the 28th August 1986, as mentioned in the opening paragraph above. Thus it became the first Augustinian monastery in India in the Restoration period and was named St. Augustine’s Minor Seminary. It is this event that is celebrated as the Jubilee of the Delegation of India.

What

(Statistics are accurate as at July 2012.) The Delegation of India has four communities, there of them in Kerala, and one in the adjacent Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
 
At Aluva is a community containing St Augustine’s Study House (the professorium), the postulants who do philosophical studies, and the friars ministering since 1993 in the Parish of Mary Queen, Help of Christians. There are presently five priests there. At Edacochin there is St Augustine’s Minor Seminary and the Shrine of St Anthony, and five priests are based there. 
 
A rural parish at Thalappuzha in Kerala State has two priests in Mother of Good Counsel Monastery. Since 2007 the Delegation has owned and administered a co-educational school that now enrols 1,500 students from infant level to high school graduation class at Pollachi in Tamil Nadu State. There are five Augustinians ministering in the school in various teaching and administrative capacities. A new Priory building was opened there in June 2011.
 
As to simply-professed, in August 2012 there are eleven in India, and two studying theology at Valladolid, Spain. At Aluva there are seven young men undertaking their philosophical studies as pre-novitiate postulants, and at Edacochin there are twenty-two aspirants.
 
 
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