Catholic Dictionary

Augustinian Fathers

A union of monasteries following the Rule of St. Augustine, approved by Pope Alexander IV in 1256, lies at the origins of the Order of St. Augustine (O.S.A.) as it exists today. Along with the Dominicans, Franciscans, and Carmelites, the Augustinians were known as friars from medieval times. Education, parochial ministry, and missionary work are the areas on which they focus their apostolic activity.

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