The first mission of Augustinian brothers in Latin America began in 1533 in Mexico thanks to some brothers of the Province of Spain. Today they are present in almost all of the countries of the Central American and South American continents. The areas of intervention are principally education and defense of the rights of indigenous peoples, but they have also developed projects in the areas of health, local development and the training of young men and women.
Africa is the continent that is the birthplace of Saint Augustine (born in Tagaste in present-day Algeria in 354 AD) and also because of the particular connection, the Augustinian brothers have given their lives to so many missions and through them, they have succeeded in developing many social projects. Today Augustinian missionaries are present, beyond that in Algeria, in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa and they have a new community in Benin. The principal areas of intervention are education, support of indigenous people, intercultural dialogue, work training and defense of the rights of the weakest.
Asia and the Pacific Area
The Augustinians arrived in Asia in XVI century and precisely in the Philippines. They were above all Spanish friars who came to open missions on the continent of the Rising Sun and they later were assisted by Australians, English and Dutch. Today, besides the Philippines they are present in India, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia and West Papua. The primary areas of work are in education, education of women, defense of the rights of the most weak and intercultural dialogue.
Father James Alypius Goold OSA from the Augustinian Province of Ireland disembarked in Sydney, Australia on 24 February 1838 and ten years later he was made Bishop of Melbourne. Today on the 175th anniversary of their presence in the country, the Augustinians have communities in Queensland,(Cooparoo and Mareeba), New South Wales (Manly Vale, Brookvale, Greystanes and Saint Clair) and Victoria (South Yarra). The Augustinians of Australia are also responsible for the Delegation of Korea, founded in 1985. The areas of intervention are above all in education and support of the aboriginal popuòation