History

History

Seeds of the future

In the late 1990s, the Augustinian Friars began seeking new ways to partner with lay people, in particular young adults. The late Fr. Ray Jackson, OSA, proposed an idea: to create a lay volunteer program in the spirit of St. Augustine. Fr. Joe Mostardi, OSA, the founding director, spent a year researching the feasibility of bringing this idea to fruition and in 2000, the Augustinian Volunteers welcomed their first class of volunteers; 10 recent college graduates who served in San Diego, California and the Bronx, New York.
Since 2000 the Augustinian Volunteers have served domestically in the Bronx, New York; Camden, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Lawrence, Massachusetts; San Diego, California and Ventura, California. Internationally, volunteers have served in Chulucanas, Peru, Durban, South Africa, and San Gimignano, Italy. Currently, the program is led by a committed lay staff, all who have previously served as Augustinian Volunteers.