Saint Thomas Aquinas parish has been canonically entrusted to the care of the Order of St. Augustine since 1924. The Order of St. Augustine, or the Augustinian Order, based upon the teaching of the Bishop of Hippo (354 - 430 A.D.), was founded in 1244, to live and promote the spirit of community as lived by the first Christian communities (Acts of the Apostles 4, 32-35).
There are many ways in which to describe the Augustinian Order, to speak of its character, its history, its mission, its charism. First and foremost, however, the Augustinian Order is people - men and women - who, in the words of the Rule we profess, "live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God." We are Christians who, captivated by the example of Saint Augustine, journey together, as we build our house and serve the Lord's people.