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.
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?”