The Order of St. Augustine (www.augustinians.net) is a worldwide Roman Catholic religious order of brothers and priests serving in 43 countries. We are also associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
Augustinians International invites you to participate in our UN presence. We hope this website can tell you something of what the UN is doing and something of what we are doing there. Please feel welcome here. Feel free to read about our work, explore the websites of organizations we collaborate with, and contact us with your ideas. The UN belongs to us all, and all of us are needed to make a difference there.
Here on our website, you can find information about our NGO; St. Augustine’s views on justice and peace; the committees we work with; the UN and its agencies; and the social justice ministries of Augustinian friars and laity in each of our circumscriptions.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Agenda 2030 is here at last
On September 25, 2015 more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. We all have a role to play in achieving these goals for a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world.
The 8th GFMD Summit Meeting takes place on 12-16 October 2015 at Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) under the theme “Achieving Migration and Development Goals Movement together on Global solutions and Local action.”
Augustinians International is actively involved in this meeting especially in the civil society days. Visit the Forum’s website: http://www.gfmd.org/meetings/turkey2014-2015; http://gfmdcivilsociety.org/gfmd-csd-2015/ and also the attached document for details.
Programme GFMD CSD 2015
The International Day for Tolerance, as a day of prayer for refugees, for the persecuted religious persons and for the victims of war.
In his letter expressing the concerns of the Augustinian family on the current refugees’ crisis, the Augustinian Prior General writes, “We are witnessing the greatest exodus of refugees since the Second World War and it threatens to become a human catastrophe. It is a human drama of enormous proportions that cannot leave us indifferent. Although this affects Europe primarily, we all must respond to the outcry of those in need. It is a requirement of charity.”
All these refugees, coming from wherever they come from, are the family of Jesus and yet it seems that there is no room at the inn for them (cf. Lk 2,7). They ask for a response from us. This response, which we must give both individually and as an institution, must not be blocked by fear, by selfishness, or by political interests. Not to respond is to be an accomplice; to avoid responsibility is to contribute to the evil. When these tragedies are minimized, or when someone says that it is the responsibility for governments alone, is not the sadness of one’s own emptiness being shown, and ultimately, is not the falsehood of living one’s vocation being demonstrated? Read the full letter.
Carta del Prior General sobre los Refugiados.