"Since, like all the faithful, lay Christians are entrusted by God with the apostolate by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation, they have the right and duty, individually or grouped in associations, to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth. This duty is the more pressing when it is only through them that men can hear the Gospel and know Christ. Their activity in ecclesial communities is so necessary that, for the most part, the apostolate of the pastors cannot be fully effective without it." CCC 900.
Who We Are
Under the patronage of St. Augustine of Hippo, the ultimate mission of the Austin Hall Catholic Studies Institute (“Institute”) is to assist people in coming to personal faith in Jesus Christ and achieving the end for which they were made—the enjoyment of God in His infinite goodness.. “The fulfillment of all desire . . . .”
The Institute seeks to achieve its mission by offering training and resources to encourage Christians to enter into deeper union with Christ through spiritual formation focused on the magisterial teaching and spiritual patrimony of the Catholic Church.
Commitment to the Teaching Authority of the Church
Austin Hall Catholic Studies Institute, in the content of its instruction, as well as its ends and means, seeks full accountability and submission to the magisterium of the Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church we find the fullness of truth. Not only as a duty, but as a delight, the leadership of the Institute joyfully embraces all that the Catholic Church believes and teaches, without reservation or dissimulation. As an aid to faithfulness in the age in which we live, each member of the Austin Hall board of directors subscribes to the Oath Against Modernism, given by His Holiness St. Pius X on September 1, 1910.
The Institute seeks first to promote the unchangeable Gospel message. Due to the effects of radical secularization of modern society and the impact of modernism wiithin and without the Church, many today "have lost a living sense of the faith, or even no longer consider themselves members of the Church, and live far removed from Christ and his Gospel. In this case what is needed is a 'new evangelization' or a 're-evangelization'."--St. Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, 33.
To this end, the Institute intends:
To make known the treasures of Catholicism to lay people poorly served by modern efforts at spiritual formation;
To counter the formation so often received in parishes negatively affected by modernism and accelerating secularism; and
To recommend and disseminate resources that will aid in the return of lay people to orthodox faith and tradition.
The Institute is a lay apostolate of Austin Hall, a 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit organization. While we encourage and support all organizations faithful to the magisterium, we are not formally affiliated with, owned by, or in any way subject to a specific religious order, organization, movement, or institution.
As lay faithful, we seek to participate in Christ’s prophetic office as witnesses “[t]o teach in order to lead others to faith. . . .” CCC 904, and “collaborate in catechetical formation . . . .” CCC 906.