The living out of these three elements strongly indicates to the specific essence and nature of the Augustinian Order.
These three contributing factors were
(1) the principles of the particular monastic ideal of Saint Augustine of Hippo,
(2) the formal foundation of the Order by various decrees of Pope Innocent IV in 1244
and Pope Alexander IV in 1256
(1) The style of life for a community as proposed by Augustine both in his Rule and by his personal example emphasised the renunciation of inequalities because of privileges that an individual may have received before joining.
All members are able to develop whatever talents given by the Lord. For pages on the Rule, click here.
(2) Community is not limited to the geographical locality to which a member is assigned, but by the intention of the papal contribution to the beginning of the Order, and is able to be lived at any point where the universal church has a need for Augustinian communities to serve.