The care for lay and affiliates is under the Commission on Lay and Affiliates of the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu. Our charism as Augustinians is to live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God (RuIe I, 2; Const. 59). This ideal, however, shall not be limited to the friars of the Order of Saint Augustine. It shall also be shared to the lay and affiliates under our care (Cf. Const. l49). Basically, the laity derives the right and duty to the apostolate from their union with Christ the head: incorporated into Christ’s Mystical body through Baptism and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation, they are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself (Apostolicam Actuositatem 3). Henceforth, the specific traits of Augustinian spirituality must be sought in the figure of St. Augustine himself and in his experience as a human being and a believer (On the Way with St. Augustine 2001, 8). They too shall promote our ideals and spirituality.
It is expected, therefore, that the friars should care for those groups and promote them in their apostolic activities, in the churches of the Order, in parishes and educational institutions for the young, instructing and strengthening them in Augustinian spirituality (Const. 49).
Augustinian Gathering and Integration for the Laity and Affiliates (AGILA)
As approved by the Chapter of 2012 that the month of July is the month of the Augustinian Lay and Affiliates, the Commission agreed to hold a three-day gathering called “AGILA” (Augustinian Gathering and Integration for the Laity and Affiliates). The purpose of this gathering are as follows:
a. to gather the lay and lay affiliates, especially for those who are actively involved in the parishes, schools and formation houses of the Province;
b. To establish camaraderie and friendship among the active Augustinian Lay and Lay Affiliates; and
c. to give talks about Augustinian Spirituality, Community Life, etc.