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Augustinian Hermits
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In the papal interests of incorporating the religious poverty movement into the centralized discipline of the Roman church, Innocent I began in 1243 to combine smaller hermit groups under the Rule of St. Augustine (Augustine, Rule of). This unification into the “Ordo Eremitarum Sancti Augustini” (OESA) was completed under Alexander IV in 1256 with the bull “Licet ecclesiae.” Associated with this unification was a transformation of the hermit communities into a mendicant order charged with municipal pastoral care and…

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Zschoch, Hellmut, “Augustinian Hermits”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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