Augustine's spirituality has been a great medicine for people since the fourth Century and we believe it is still relevant to the needs of today. It is because of his spirituality and in response to our modern needs that Augustinian Friends was formed.
Augustinian spirituality reflects the life story of Augustine and his experience of conversion. As a young man Augustine was restless and without direction. He pursued a long and painful search for truth that he hoped would provide him with rest. In his conversion at the age of thirty-three he felt his innermost heart lovingly spoken to by the Word of God. It was then he wrote 'our hearts are restless until they rest in you'.
Gatherings, as a community, are based on friendship, hospitality and prayer with discussions of Saint Augustine 's writings and celebrations of Augustinian Feast Days. These gatherings usually take place at South Yarra (Melbourne), at Manly Vale and St Clair (Sydney) and at Coorparoo and Mareeba (Queensland). Other opportunities include adult faith formation, local, national and international gatherings and community/charity work.
Friends of St Augustine (Australia), seeking God together, receive a quarterly Newsletter called Amici, plus a Prayer Resource Guide. Click here for the Resource Guide, and contact the Province Offices at firstname.lastname@example.org for membership and the members' newsletter. In Australia the Friends annual membership subscription is AUS$20.00.
In England, Friends of Augustine (England) previously conducted their own website “friendsofaugustine.org” but have now incorporated the main aspects of that site into the website of Clare Priory. Among other helpful features, the Friends offers reflection/discussion pages on Augustine-related topics. http://www.clarepriory.org.uk/friends-of-augustine.htmlIn the United States, the web site is http://www.augustinianfriends.org
In Spain the web site is http://www.amigosdesanagustin.comIf you are interested and would like to find out more, write to the national leader:
Postal address:National Leader, Friends of St Augustine, St Kieran's Priory, 2 King Street, Manly Vale, New South Wales 2093 Australia
Parish email: email@example.com
or e-mail the chaplain, Fr Paul Maloney O.S.A.: firstname.lastname@example.org