In the year 1790, the Province of Mexico had eleven remaining houses, and one of these was located in Guatemala, and another in Havana, Cuba (suppressed by force in 1842) was for the training of candidates for the Order.
In the year 1859 the Reform Laws of the government suppressed all religious houses and expelled their members, and this situation lasted for about fifty years.
The second province of the Order in Mexico (i.e., the Province of Michoacan) began the 19th century with 11 houses and 150 members. By a government declaration on 20th December 1827, all Spanish religious men had to leave Mexico.
The Province of Michoacan thereby lost thirty-three members, and an epidemic of cholera in 1833 took another forty-seven members.
The civil war around 1858 caused a division in leadership in the Province, at a time when it was desperately required.
Of the eleven houses suppressed in 1859, only two had been partially recovered by 1877. These were located at Yuriria (see link below) and Cuitzeo.
There were twenty-two members in the Province in 1877. Some of them lived outside of Augustinian community.
Often for reasons of distance, they lived in the house belonging to the parish that stood beside the church at which they served.
Both Mexican provinces are still functioning.
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Photos (at right):
In the Parish of Saint Augustine, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Picture 1: Belen vivente, a "living Nativity" in the parish church.
Picture 2: Sale in aid of the Augustinian Mission at Salta, northern Argentina.
Picture 3: Book shop in the parish.
Yuriria. Five large photographs of the Augustinian church at Yuriria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuriria