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Induction about Philippines-OAD


St. Joshep- Patron of the Order Pray To The Holy Spirit

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that I may think what is Holy.

Guide me, O Holy Spirit,
that I may realize, what is Holy.

Attract me to you, O Holy Spirit,
that I may love what is Holy

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
that I may defend what is Holy.

Defend me, O Holy Spirit
that I may never lose what is Holy. Amen


Catholic Bishop of Phillipines (C.B.C.P)

Order of St. Augustine (O.S.A)

Order of Augustinian Recollect (O.A.R)

The Augustinians of the Assumption (A.A.)

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    As the number of Religious raised, so also did the foundation of convents in different parts of Italy and in Central Europe (Bohemia, Austria, Moravia, Slovenia, Baviera and Slesia). The centers of missionary works were consequently opened in Tonchino (North Vietnam). In 1640, the convents founded were 46 and in 1731, 94. Among these convents, some were designed as Formation and study Centers with great importance: the convent of St. Mary of the Truth in Naples, the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Rome, the Convents of St. Nicholas of Tolentino in Genova, in Rome and in Palermo, the convent of St. Charles of Turin, the convent of St. Wenceslao in Prague, the Convent of St. Augustine in Vienna, the Convent of Sts. Joseph and Tecla in Ferrara and the Convent of St. Francesca Romana in Milan

    Through the Patent, “AD UBERES,” written by Pope Urban VIII in 1628, the congregation was divided into 4 Provinces; Rome, Naples, Genova and Sicily. In 1659, through the dismemberment of the 4 already-existing provinces, they became 8: the Provinces of Rome, Germany, Naples, the Regime of Naples, Genoa, Piemonte, Palermo and of Messina. In 1674, the Province of Milan was born and later on, in 1731, came to exist that of Ferrara-Picena.

    The Order finally felt the desire to start the mission in Asia at the late years of 1600 and consequently, the decision to open a mission in a Muslim-occupied Peloponneso for evangelization was approved on October 20, 1687, but due to the political instability of that place, it was withdrawn but then, it was detoured towards the extreme East of Asia, Tonchino (North Vietnam) and China. The Discalced Augustinians were present there for 114 years from 1697 to 1811. Fr. Alphonsus of the Mother of God (1657-1698) and Fr. John Mancini of Sts. Augustine and Monica (1664-1711), the first two missionaries, set out for Asia from the Church of Jesus and Mary in Rome on the first of March 1697.

    This caused among the Religious in the Order to have a strong desire for the missions in such a way that a hundred of them offered their availability to leave for Asia. Thus, as a irregular way: 3 for China and 7 for Vietnam. Aside from the 22 Italian Missionaries, we must also remember with gratitude and sympathy the 6 Discalced Augustinians, natives of Tonchino. The most dignified figures in this mission were without doubt Fr. John Mancini, Msgr. Hilary Costa of Jesus (1696-1754), Apostolic Vicar of Northern Tonchino and Msgr. John DamascenoSalustri (1727-1781), Bishop of Peking, Beijing.

    In 1775, the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of Faith decided to stop the mission in Vietnam but in the case of China, it was closed in 1811 due to the persecution launched by Emperor Kia-King.


    The 1945 General Chapter reconstituted the four Provinces of Italy, (Rome, Genoa, Sicily, Ferrara-Picena) and elected Fr. Gabriel Mary Raimondo of the Blessed Sacrament, as Prior General who governed the Order for 18 years with much attention for the observance of the Rule of St. Augustine and for the animation of vocations and who led it towards the threshold of the Vatican Council II. This period was not deprived of big results in spite of the fact that it underwent hard trials partly because of the changes introduced in religious and civil life.

    The foundation of the new mission in Brazil was through the efforts and merits of Fr. Gabriel Raimondo, Prior General. On May 28, 1948, the first three missionaries of the Discalced Augustinians, Fr. Louis Raimondo, Fr. Anthony Scacchetti and Fr. Francis Spoto, left Italy for Brazil, and from 1951 to found these houses: St. Rita in Rio de Janeiro (1948), Our Lady of Conception (1963) and College of St. Augustine in BomJardim, RJ (1970), St. Theresa Parish and St. Augustine Seminary in Ampere, PR (1978), the one of St. Monica in Toledo, PR (1982), Study Center of Philosophy and Theology in Rio de Janeiro (1988). Novitiate House in Nova Londrina PR (1993), St. Antony Parish in Rio de Janeiro, RJ (1998), and in Ourinhos, SP, the Center of Philosophy Studies (1999), Foz do Iguozu – Prague Czech Republic (2006).

    "If you love Christ, share your love to the whole world because throughout the whole world are scattered the member of Christ." (St. Augustine. Comm. St. Jn 10,8)

    This has been the background of the OAD missionary activities in the past years and in our times too. 60years ago a seed of this OAD love was brought to Brazil. It was on June 12, 1948 that the first three OAD missionaries arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They left Italy on the boat Anna Costa. The journey took them 15 days. Modern times has improved the pace, compared to the first OAD missionaries 300 years ago who spend 20 months to reach China.

    When our missionaries arrived in Brazil, they were accepted fraternally by the Augustinians Recollects. The same event happened with the relaunching of the Asian mission on 1994. The first OAD missionaries in Ceby were also guests of the Recollect brothers for three weeks.

    The seed remained incubated in the Brazilian soil for a long time. Sufferings, persecution and prayers prepared a new era of the OAD. It was only in 1978 that a successful minor seminary was opened and it blossomed, flowered and produced abundant fruits. That small and humble squatter monastery has developed today into 8 parishes, 1 college, 4 minor seminaries, 1 novitiate house with formation houses for Philosophy and Theology students.

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