Missions and social works. Missionaries by inheritance

The three stages of the Augustinian Recollect missions

It is usual to establish three parts in the Recollect missionary history: in reality, two large stages separated by a brief period of time that because of its complexity and consequences became an intermediary between the two larger periods:

  • 1606-1835: in the shadow of Spanish patronage the missions depended on the Spanish Court that organized the labour of the religious orders in overseas territories.
  • 1835-1891: the separation between the Church and State which was not made from the stance of reason or dialogue. The State had a schizophrenic attitude which did not favour the religious´ but needed them overseas. The missions saved the Order from dying out.
  • 1892 up until the present: in collaboration with the Holy See the missions have not been connected with the administration of the colonies; the Church itself has defined the places and ways of working of the missionaries.



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