|Tour of St Augustine's Church Cork|
AUGUSTINIANS IN CORK
Red Abbey Tower
Late 14th century and the oldest remaining relic of medieval Cork
Our Lady of Good Counsel
The windows were designed andconstructed by Gabriel Loire who was born in Angers, France. He works in slab glass framed cement.
These two superb examples of teh artistry of Loire are conceived as two large tapestries in which the two great themes of the Interior, Spiritual Life of the church and her Exterior, Apostolic Life are embroidered.
The South Window
The painting of the Crucifixion over the High Altar was executed in Rome, was put in place in 1824 and cost £25. The six candle sticks were donated by a widow in 1776 for use on the High Altar.
Beneath the shrine of St. Rita is the wood carving of St. Augustine explaining the mystery of the Trinity.
Above the shrine of St. Rita is a painting of St. Augustine standing on the head of Satan
Blessed William Tirry, OSA
Blessed William, a native of Cork, was born in 1608, and Martyred in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary in 1654. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II, along with sixteen Irish martyrs in September 1992.
St. Nicholas of Tolentine
St. Nicholas was born in Pontano, Italy, in 1245. He joined the Augustinian Order and was ordained in 1271. He spent the last thirty years of his life in Tolentine preaching and ministering to the sick and poor. He died in 1305. He is the patron saint of the 'Holy Souls'.
This painting shows St. Monica receiving the cincture from Our Lady
Our Lady of Childbirth
This painting is titled Our Lady of Childbirth. Devotion to Our Lady of Childbirth originated in the church of St. Augustine, Rome, where a statue of Mary, dating back to 1516, is venerated under this title.
'St. Augustine at Prayer' was ainted at the Prado in Spain and was presented to St. Augustine's in 1963, by the Hon. Gerald Goldberg, Lord Mayor, for the people of Cork.
St. Oliver Plunkett
Our Lady and St Ann, St Jude, St Anthony
Wood carving of the Nativity
St Maria Goretti
Virgin and Martyr
St Augustine's Repository
St. Augustine of Hippo
Augustine was born on November 13, 354 in Tagaste, North Africa. He wa the son of Patricius, a pagan, and Monica, a Christian. While still a child Augustine became a catechumen, but was not baptised.
He went to the grammar school at Madaura and later to Carthage for further study. It was here that he met a girl who became his mistress and to whom he remained faithful. In 372 she gave him a son, Adoedatus.
Through the reading of Cicero's Hortensius, Augustine became deeply interested in philosophy. He joined the Manichean sect.
In 374 Augustie returned to Tagaste to teach grammar, and in 375 went to Carthage where he taught rhetoric until 383. From Carthage he went to Milan where he was offered the chair of rhetoric. There he came in contact with wit an influentia figure, Ambrose, Bishop of Milan. Unconsciously, Augustine absorbed Ambrose's Christian message.
In a garden in Milan in August 386, Augustine heard a child's voice singing the words: Tolle, lege - take and read, and he opened and read the text of St. Paul's Letter to the Romans (13:13-14). This incident marked Augustine's conversion to Christianity. He prepared for baptism and was baptised by Ambrose during the Easter Vigil, April 387.
In the autumn of 388 Augustine returned to Tagaste where he led a monastic life with his son and a few close friends. His time was spent in praye, study and the writing of books. In 391, whle on a visit to inspect a candidate for his monastery, Augustine went into the basilica at Hippo, whereupon the people present insisted on having him as their priest. Augustine resisted, but was forced to yield to the peoples importunity, much against his will. He was rdained a priest in the same year. However, he made a condition to which he was to remain faithful all his life, that he should be allowed to continue his monastic life while attending to his pastoral duties. That is why he founded a monastery at Hippo.
In 395 he was ordained Bishop of Hippo, but continued to ive in his monastic community and to encourage the spread of monasticism in Nort Africa. He wrote a Rule of Life for community andmany books, treatises, letters and sermons. Two of his most renowned works are his Confessions and City Of God. Augustine died in 430.