St Augustine

St Augustine

father of the order and religious teacher

It’s impossible to study the history of the church without coming across St Augustine. In the early 5th century he was the first to combine his responsibilities as Bishop of Hippo Regius (Algeria) with life in a community of priests. For this he drew up a Rule, which has formed the basis of life in numerous communities of canons founded from the Middle Ages to the present day. St Augustine’s Rule thus also gives the Augustinian canons spiritual direction for their lives as members of the order.

St Augustine is one of the four great church fathers who’ve had a major influence on the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church with their writings. His main works include ‘City of God’, ‘On the Holy Trinity’ and not least the ‘Confessions’, the first autobiography in the world.

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