The first member of the Order of Saint Augustine to reach Australia arrived in 1838. This happened after his chance meeting with the Vicar Apostolic of Australia on the steps of the Augustinian Church of S. Maria del Popolo in Rome. This Irish Augustinian, James Alypius Goold O.S.A., expressed interest in volunteering to minister in Australia.
Goold began ten years of ministry in Sydney, Australia, and then in 1848 became the first bishop of the Diocese of Melbourne. Five other Irish Augustinians became bishops of Australian dioceses in the following hundred years. The Australasian Province was established in 1952, and presently conducts parishes in five areas, two schools that educate a total of 2,100 male students aged between 11 and 18 years, a formation centre, and chaplaincies to special ministries.
One Australian-born Augustinian serves in the Augustinian Delegation of Korea, which is part of the Province of Australasia. The Province of Australia maintains an active web site that explains its history, and offers news Photo at left: Australasian Provincial preaches on the 175th anniversary of Augustinians in Australia, October 2013.
To view the photo gallery of the Augustinians in Australia in this web site, cleck here.
LinksWebsite of the Australian Province. Includes news updates of Province activities in Australia and South Korea.www.osa.org.au
Augustinian history in Australia, go to http://www.osa.org.au/en/osa/osa-history-australia