The Augustinian Recollects carry out social work in the 20 countries where they are present, following the Augustinian Recollect charism of service to the needy as a way of showing self-love.

Moving hearts

Solidarity, and what it entails, is a dimension of the Augustinian Recollect. It is part of our life and mission, and we want it to be present in our communities and ministries. The signs of the times demand from the Order a committed awareness of the real problems of society in each historical moment, which urge us to assume the preferential option for the poor, for the family and for life, arbitrating, from a shared discernment, the appropriate responses in evangelization and pastoral work. We wish to engage in initiatives that promote social justice, solidarity, peace and the integrity of creation.

We are missionary disciples, who contribute with our charism to communion and are willing to stay and go wherever the Church needs us, and to serve her, especially among the poorest. Our desire is to follow the poor Christ, needing little and having goods in common, living austerely, caring more for what is common than for what is our own, and always thanking the Lord for his gifts, which we share with the poor and needy. The Life and Mission Project of the Order invites us to continue being Prophets of the Kingdom that we proclaim with joy and hope the Gospel that gives life and witness with our lives the realization, not yet full, of the Father’s creative project; we denounce injustices and bet on poor presences among the poor and needy.

The Augustinian Recollect International Solidarity Network ARCORES is the instrument of solidarity of the Augustinian Recollect family. Its mission is to awaken, encourage and accompany the missionary spirit of justice and universal solidarity proper to the Church and the Augustinian Recollect charism, making this dimension a transversal axis of the life and pastoral and missionary activity of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

Transforming lives

The International Solidarity Network ARCORES is an umbrella that includes all the organizations and social projects of the Augustinian Recollect family and has as its mission:

  • To help maintain adherence to the identity and mission of the network, in consonance with the solidarity dimension of the Gospel and Augustinian Recollect spirituality.
  • To build and strengthen a structure and organization that will help institutionalize co-responsibility and coordination of social action in the Augustinian Recollect family.
  • To encourage and promote the communion of action, objectives, the common work of the network, co-responsibility, solidarity and the capacity for collective management and communication of the network, for the good of the universal Augustinian Recollect mission; at the same time, from this common, global and universal mission, to encourage and promote the level of autonomy necessary for the proper functioning of the various Augustinian Recollect social organizations in each country.

Social Justice

ARCORES International dreams of a world free of poverty in which the promotion of human rights – economic, social and cultural -, social justice, solidarity, peace and the integrity of creation take precedence over other economic and/or political interests; in which all individuals and peoples can develop, without discrimination, and can exercise their right to participate equitably to improve their well-being.

That is why we work to be recognized as an international network of reference, consistent with its mission, characterized by its honesty and responsibility, an intercultural network, open and with national and international projection. We work to be effective and efficient from an organizational point of view, adequately managing our resources – human and economic – and to be transparent with those who place their trust in us and with society in general.