It was erected by Father Prior General. The Augustinian Secular Fraternity “Saint Mary of La Vid” is linked to the Community of the Monastery and initially is composed of a group of people belonging to the Association of Friends of the Monastery, and later, by other people. It was founded in 2010.
But the history of the Augustinian Secular Fraternities goes back to the beginning of the Order of Saint Augustine. Although with various titles, the origin of the Secular Augustinians dates back to the 13th century. The final canonical configuration was given by Pope Boniface IX on November 7, 1399 and Pope Paul II on August 31, 1470. On July 2, 1512, Pope Julius II declared that the Secular Augustinians are part of the third degree of the Augustinian Order. There have been many members who throughout the centuries have stood out for their holiness, apostolic zeal, and cultivation of science. They have also taken as special models some of the laity who maintained more intimate relationships, for reasons of spiritual direction or apostolate. More information can be found in Paul VI, Letter Ordo Fratum S. Augustini (8.8.1968), in Free under the Grace, Spirit and life the Order of Saint Augustine in the writings of the Popes and Priors General (1953-1978), Rome 1977, p. 31.
Finally, a text of the “Rule of Life for Secular Augustinians” has been drawn up. It was prepared by a Commission appointed by the General Council of the Order and afterwards it was studied and submitted for review by the members of the Intermediate General Chapter of 1980. The General Council approved it on October 24, 1980
In 2001 the book “ON THE ROAD WITH SAN AGUSTÍN – Secular Augustinian Fraternities. Spirituality and organization” (Pubblicazioni Agostiniane, Rome 2001), updates and adapts the contents of the “Rule of Life” cited above and edited in 1980.
Today, admission to it follows a ritual that is described in the Ritual of the Order of Saint Augustine (numbers 566-573). The promise made to join it appears in the same document (numbers 574-581).
It is currently made up of 13 people who have been preparing to take this step of commitment to unity with the Order of Saint Augustine for a few years. Likewise, the Statutes of the Fraternity have been drawn up and have also been approved by the Prior General. The Augustinian Spirituality Centre of the Monastery houses the fraternity meetings in its meeting room.
PRESIDENT OF THE FRATERNITY: Eduardo Cruces de Abia
ASSISTANT: P. Agustín Alcalde (Prior of the Monastery of La Vid)