St. Augustines School (Vasai)
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|St. Augustine's School|
|Motto||"Service Before Self"|
|Type||Christian school & NIOS|
|Location||ST. Augustine English High School, Opp. Jain And Jain Watch Gallery., Babhola Road, Vasai Road West, Thane - 401202,
Vasai Road, Maharashtra, India
|Newspaper||The Augustinian Herald|
The school was started in 1970 by the Christian Brothers Association of India, Indian arm of the Congregation of Christian Brothers.
Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice was the founder of the association. In 1808, seven of the staff including Edmund Rice, took religious vows under the authority of Bishop Power of Waterford. Following the example of Nano Nagle's Presentation Sisters, they were called Presentation Brothers. This was the first congregation of men to be founded in Ireland and one of the few ever founded by a layman.
A transformation had taken place amongst the "quay kids" of Waterford, largely attributed to the work of Edmund and his Brothers, who educated, clothed and fed the boys. Other bishops in Ireland supplied Edmund Rice with men, and these he prepared for the religious life and for a life of teaching. In this way the Presentation Brothers spread throughout Ireland.
However, the communities were under the control of the bishop in each diocese rather than Edmund Rice, and this created problems when Brothers were needed to be transferred from one school to another. Rice sought approval from Pope Pius VII for the community to be made into a pontifical congregation with a Superior General. Then, as Superior General, he was then able to move brothers across diocesan boundaries to wherever they were most needed.
In the 1820s further difficulties emerged owing to the expansion of the society and its becoming two distinct congregations. From this time on they were called Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers. The motto of the Christian Brothers was: 'The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord forever' (Job 1: 21).
In 1828, the North Richmond Street house and schools in Dublin were established by Rice, the foundation stone being laid by the politician Daniel O'Connell. The building housed the Brothers' headquarters for many years and the present residence incorporates the original house built by Rice, who lived here for several years beginning in 1831.""