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Asia Pacific Augistinian Conference

Order of St. Augustine - Australia


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View the Province’s website,  www.osa.org.au
or write to:
Rev Fr Prior Provincial,
Order of St Augustine,
P.O. Box 7278 Warringah Mall,
Brookvale, NSW,
2100, Australia


Irish members of the Order of St Augustine arrived in Australia from 1838 onwards, meaning that the year 2012 has marked the 175th year of continuous Augustinian presence in Australia.


Augustinioan Provincial, AustraliaThe first eleven Augustinians in Australia came as individual volunteer missionaries, especially after the first of them, James Alypius Goold OSA, became a bishop (and later an archbishop) there in 1848. The Order then undertook to staff the missionary Vicariate of Cooktown in northern Australia in 1884, and in 1886 also established its first formal Augustinian community in Australia at Echuca in southern Australia in 1886. The latter two projects were base points from which growth in Augustinian numbers in Australia occurred, although the first Australian-born person to become an Augustinian priest was not ordained until 1940.
Boosted by what was then a regular intake of Australian candidates, the Australian Province was founded in 1952, and for the next few decades the focus of ministerial attention was upon two Augustinian colleges (high schools) which the Order still guides. Each college in 2012 has approximately 1,200 male day pupils. The last Augustinian to be Principal (Rector) of one of these schools completed his term of office at Villanova in 2009. There are Augustinian chaplains in both colleges, but in the past few years no Augustinian has taught in the classrooms.


As of late 2017 Augustinians are responsible for parishes at Mareeba (Diocese of Cairns), Coorparoo (Archdiocese of Brisbane), North Harbour (Diocese of Broken Bay), St Clair (Diocese of Parramatta), and South Yarra (Melbourne). There are also the two Colleges: Villanova College (Coorparoo, Brisbane) and Saint Augustine's College (Brookvale, Sydney). In addition, there is the St John Stone Priory at Greystanes (Parramatta). One Australian Augustinian works in social justice and human development in Thailand, another is the final one of three friars who each gave approximately twenty-five years of service to the founding of the Order in Korea from 1985 onwards, and a third works full-time with an Aboriginal deacon in Aboriginal ministry for the Diocese of Cairns. Another friar is the Master of the Asia-Pacific Augustinian Novitiate at Cebu in the Philippines.

Directions for the Province website are given in the Contact box at top-right.

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