Augustinian Missionary Cooperative Plan
As part of the Pontifical Mission Societies' efforts to propagate the faith, the Augustinians joyfully participate in the Missionary Cooperative Plan in North America. Participating in this plan not only supports our missions financially, but also promotes evangelization and the missionary spirit of our Church.
This page is intended for parishes that have been assigned to the Augustinians this year. Please use it as a resource to download a sample bulletin article or photos to promote your upcoming mission appeal.
About the Augustinian Order
Following in the footsteps of St. Augustine, the Augustinians have been serving the Church since the 13th century. The Augustinians have shared a missionary spirit throughout the history of the order. It was this spirit that initially brought the Augustinians to the United States from Ireland in 1796. That very same call to global solidarity led the Midwest Augustinians to rebuild the Church in northern Peru at the request of St. John XXIII in 1963.
Peru, a third world country with a developing economy, has suffered natural disasters, political instability, and economic uncertainty in recent past. Northern Peru, in the area near Chulucanas, is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped regions in the country. The missions we serve daily stretch from the desert area along the Pacific Coast to the Andes Mountains.
Bishop John McNabb, O.S.A. led the Diocese of Chulucanas as its first Bishop and is succeeded by current Bishop Daniel Turley, O.S.A; both Bishops are Augustinian missionaries from the Midwest Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel. The Diocese has flourished over the past 50 years to give birth to 22 parishes, one hospital, one Catholic university, and many projects to benefit and educate the local extremely impoverished community.
To grow the Augustinian Order in Latin America, our Province has developed priorities for the success of our Vicariate in Peru. The long-term goal of our missionary efforts is to incrementally strengthen the local Order with native vocations and financial sustainability so that it may one day be fully independent. We are nearing this dream each day.
Support through the Missionary Cooperative Plan will fund:
- Promoting Peruvian vocations and educating Peruvian priests
- Sponsoring impoverished Augustinian parishes in the Andes mountains
- Building schools and programming to promote Catholic education
- Providing social justice issues like feeding the hungry and women's rights.
Thank you again for welcoming the Augustinians into your parish. Please feel free to download the sample bulletin article or any of the photos below to help promote the appeal. If you have any further concerns, please contact Karon Basile at the Augustinian Advancement Office.