In May 1978, the Augustinian Community of St. Lucia of Rome - Italy, on the feast of St. Monica, welcomes in the Monastery Church, a prayer group, formed by young Philippines.

In the following meetings, guided by Fr. Egidio Galea, OSA, some young people decide to enter our community, to experience the Contemplative Augustine life.

On May 4, 1980, during the Liturgy of Profession of the first Philippine, the Rev. Teodore Tack, Prior General OSA, spoke to the Community about a possible foundation in the Philippine Islands.

In 1984 His Eminence Jaime L. Sin, Cardinal of Manila, visits our Community and encourages us to open an Augustinian Monastery in his Archdiocese of Manila.

On 13 April 1984, the Cardinal, with a letter, exhorts the Reverend Father Martin Nolan, Prior General of the Augustinian Order, to set a Foundation.

In May 1984 the Community of St. Lucia, after a deep prayer and a careful reflection, responded to the appeal of the Cardinal of Manila and the Superiors of the Augustinian Order, who approved the proposal. In 1985 the Prioress M. Elena Leva, left from the Monastery of St Lucy in Rome and arrived in the Philippine Islands, for an initial evaluation.

In April 1985, the Province of the Augustinian Fathers of the Sto. Nino di Cebu gave a hectare of land in Mohon, Talisay to our community for perpetual use.

On 3rd September 1985 the Prefect of the Congregation and Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life approved the foundation.

With a letter sent to our community, His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal congratulates about this foundation in his Archdiocese of Cebu. On April 13th, 1986, he blesses the first stone with a solemn liturgy and with the participation of many people.

The construction of the Monastery, the School and the Shrine of St. Rita, began on 20th April 1986 and lasted about ten years.

On May 22th, 1987, the feast of St. Rita, with the presence of four professed nuns with solemn vows from the Monastery of St. Lucia in Rome, the first contemplative Augustinian Community was inaugurated in the Philippine Islands.

The Prefect of the Congregation approved the Particular Statute for the constitutional enclosure. The Community of Sto. Nino opened the Kindergarten School (nursery) and the Childhood Garden (Kindergarten) as a means of subsistence in June 1987.

In the following years Community has welcomed many vocations to the Augustinian life, therefore it is able to help other Monasteries of the Italian Federation, by sending young Nuns there.

In January 2000, the Monastery of the Sto. Nino was placed under the jurisdiction of the Augustinian Order and was aggregated to the Italian Federation "Madonna del Buon Consiglio".

With decree No. 5808/2000 of the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation, His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu, declared our community as an Augustinian Monastery dedicated to the Sto. Nino of Mohon, City of Talisay, Cebu, Philippines.

At the present the Community is flourishing and autonomous.


We thank our Lord Sto. Nino.