About the Pauline Fathers

The Pauline Fathers and Brothers are more properly called the Order of St Paul the First Hermit (Ordo Sancti Pauli Primae Eremitae O.S.P.P.E) It is a Catholic Religious order of men. It is a Monastic order that was founded in the 13th century in Hungry. Its founders were hermits who came together to form a monastery and a religious community. Blessed Eusebius of Esztergom can be said to be the founder of this order. These Hermits chose St Paul the First Hermit to be their heavenly patron. In 1308 the Order official adopted the Rule of St Augustine.

The Order is a Clerical order, meaning that it requires Priests in order to fulfil its mission in the church and thus priesthood is required for its superiors. It is a Papal order and therefore its internal governance is removed from the jurisdiction of Bishops and falls directly under the authority of the Holy Father.

The mission of the order is based on four pillars:

  1. A Love of Prayer alone with God alone and liturgical prayer

  2. A poor and industrious life

  3. A desire to spread devotion to Our Lady, particularly in the running of her shrines

  4. An openness to the needs of the Church, in preaching and the administration of the Sacraments, particularly in the hearing of confessions.

The Motherhouse of the Order is the Monastery and Shrine of Jasna Góra in Poland. The Order came to Australia in 1981 with the arrival of Fr Augustine Lazur OSPPE.

In 2012 Ex Corde Pictures produced a film about our Province. It may be purchased for five dollars ($5 Aus) on their website - http://www.excordepictures.com/. Below is a trailer for the film. It is well worth viewing.