The Order of Saint Augustine would have justified the expectations that Alexander IV (Pope 1254 - 1261) and Cardinal Richard Annibaldi would have anticipated for it during the hundred years after the Grand Union of 1256.
It had joined with enthusiasm in the evangelisation of the emerging cities of Europe, fostered intellectual life in the new universities, and produced members of notable sanctity such as Nicholas of Tolentino O.S.A..
During the first century of the Order of Saint Augustine, at least eighty-two of its members are known to have become bishops, usually as an auxiliary bishop (i.e., an assistant to the bishop in charge of a diocese.)
Over half of these bishops were appointed in Italy, and the remainder in Germany, France, Spain and England.
It was over a century before a member of the Order of Saint Augustine was appointed as a cardinal of the Church. The person in question was Bonaventure Baduario O.S.A. of Padua
He was born in Peraga (near Padua), Italy, in 1332, and for that reason is sometimes called Bonaventure of Peraga. He joined the Order of Saint Augustine in the city of Padua.
He occupied the office of Prior General in 1377 and 1378. He was later named cardinal-priest of Saint Cecilia, the first of his Order to have received the honour.
He was killed in Rome during 1386 by an arrow, probably in retaliation for his defense of the rights of the Church.
Later he was beatified, i.e., declared a Blessed of the Church.
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Photos (at right):
Picture 1: Side aisle in St Augustine's Church, in the Augustinian Parish of Hammersmith (London).
Picture 2: Outside St Augustine's Church, Hammersmith.
Picture 3: Priest and a family at the church in Hammersmith.
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