Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters
Saint Augustine made Christ’s law of fraternal charity the foundation of his communities, and specified common life as one of its distinctive signs. “Who are those that live as one, except those whose minds and hearts are one in God, who claims no ownership of their own but share everything in common?” (Constitutions, Chapter 1, Art. I # 3)
The Augustinian Recollect way of life is a harmonious blend of contemplation and action. This proceeds from the double -end of the Congregation: a continual conversion, and habitual union with God or Recollection, and an apostolic, pastoral and missionary activity. (Constitutions, Chapter 1, Art. II # 4)
Contemplation is an essential goal and activity of the Augustinian Recollect religious. It is also a process of thought and prayer, by which a sister habitually strives to make her mind and will a closer likeness of God and of Jesus Christ. (Constitutions, Chapter 1, Art. II # 5)
The AR Sisters chooses to participate in the teaching mission of the Church through the Apostolate of Christian Education. The Congregation is ready, within the limits of its capacity. To open itself to other apostolic works according to its resources and to the more urgent needs of God’s people: care for the unfortunate in orphanages, social and pastoral works, dormitories, retreat houses, home for the sick and elderly and promoting the liturgy of the divine worship. (Constitutions, Chapter 1, Art. II # 6)
The Charism of the Congregation is Contemplation that leads to Apostolate and always lived within and done from the Community.
Sr. Cynthia Franco Camuta
Secretariat on Formation