The Early Years
On August 15, 1993, Friars Joseph Augustine Menna and C. Christopher Tobin, established a de facto Augustinian Association of the Christian Faithful in the Roman Church to pray, minister, and build spiritual friendship together. Seeking to live the Rule of Augustine in inclusive ways, the new vision could not be recognized in the Roman denomination. On March 18, 2004, the AIHM Community embraced the Independent Catholic/Sacramental Movement.
The Recent Past
On August 14, 2005, the AIHM Community became a canonical Order of the Independent Catholic Christian Church.
Since then, the AIHM Community has seen growth and many fruitful ministerial opportunities.
On August 26, 2007 Friar Joseph Augustine, Prior General of the Order, received the First Profession of Friar John Bartholomew, who became the first non-founding professed member of the AIHM. The next year, on August 24, 2008, Friar Joseph Augustine received the First Profession of Friars Shari Marie and Lyngine Dominique-Marie, who became the first female members of the AIHM. The Order continues to be guided by Fr. Joseph Augustine Menna, AIHM, who has served as Prior General since its conception and was re-elected to that service during General Chapter in 2013. Friar Shane Nicholas professed his first vows on August 29, 2010, expanding the presence of the AIHM community to Tennessee.
The Order Today
On December 27, 2014, feast of St. John the Evangelist, the Order took the next developmental step and became an independent, self governing, catholic sacramental jurisdiction with the consecration of Friar Joseph Augustine as first Bishop. Bp. Joseph's principal consecrator was co-founder of the Order, Bishop Christopher Tobin, bringing the history of the community full circle reuniting the two founders on this historic day by God's grace.
The Order's ministries include base Christian sacramental communities, internet prayer groups, pastoral music ministry, LGBT outreach, HIV/AIDS advocacy and charity, justice ministry, social and human research study and ethics, Eucharistic ministry, contemplative prayer, and teaching.
We give God thanks for the Grace of our lives and the chance to share it with you!