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Where are the Augustinians now in the Philippines after 450 years of presence?

If you remember, the Augustinians first landed in the Philippines from Mexico. The Augustinian priest and navigator, Andrés de Urdaneta O.S.A. discovered the sailing route for returning from the Philippines to Mexico in 1565. The first houses of the Augustinians were established at Cebú in 1565, and at Manila in 1571 (famously known as the place of the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, the San Agustin Monastery).

According to a report published in March 1898, the Province had under its care 2,377,743 Filipinos, 234 parishes and missions, 22 regions or missionary districts, and a total of 618 Augustinian priests, brothers, novices and professed. Members of the Order had founded over 300 towns and built over 300 churches in the Philippines.

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With this outstanding milestone, have you not wondered where are they now? After the Philippine Revolution, the Spanish Augustinian friars were sent away from the country together with other religious Orders. Of those 300 churches built by the Augustinians, only four churches are under their care. These are at the same time given back to them after the clericalization and localization of churches in the Philippines. The four old churches that were given to them are the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila (Administered by the Augustinians of the Vicariate of the Orient); Guadalupe Church in Makati City, San Jose Church in Iloilo City; and the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino de Cebu in Cebu City. These three churches are administered by the Augustinians of the Province of Sto. Nino de Cebu. Where are they now as of 2015? Please see the infographic picture below. Continue reading “Where are the Augustinians now in the Philippines after 450 years of presence?”

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Prayer for the 450th Anniversary of the Augustinian Presence in the Philippines

Finding of the Sto. Nino by Legazpi men
The finding the image of Sto. Nino

Almighty and everlasting Father, as we remember and celebrate the 450th anniversary of the arrival in the Philippines of our Augustinian forebears, we look back with gratitude to the past centuries that You filled with Your guidance and providence. We also look forward to the future with hearts brimming with hope. We implore You to send Your Spirit to form us into living witnesses of Your gospel in the present.

You sent us those valiant Augustinian missionaries to instruct us in the Holy Name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus through the image of Señor Santo Niño. Wholeheartedly, we accepted and embraced their teachings; to them we owe our Christian faith. May You send us in turn today, O Lord, to continue spreading the Good News of your salvation to all men and women.

May our celebration of this milestone in the history of our Order strengthen and deepen our faith in Christ, the Holy Child, the Savior of the world. Make your light within us shine to all nations, so that at all times, in all places, we may sing Your praises and glorify Your Holy Name. At the end of our earthly journey, may we be like our father, Saint Augusitne, who found peace and serenity of heart in Your loving embrace.

We pray that You grant us all these blessings in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.