Intellectual Heritage and Foundation
Beginning in 1849 with the scholarly legacy of Mgr. Henri-Nicolas Sylvestre Guillon, Père Armand-Benjamin Caillau and Père Jacques Paul Migne, the Collegium Augustinianum began as a community of scholars dedicated to the thought of St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo and Father of the Church. 

The Collegium Augustinianum was refounded in 1999 by some of the leading Augustinian scholars who formed a College of Fellows to continue this great intellectual legacy and advance the thought of St. Augustine of Hippo and the venerable Augustinian tradition in Western philosophy and theology. The College of Fellows of the Collegium Augustinianum established research centers in Europe and in the United States, which originally included Tarcisius Van Bavel, O.S.A. (Leuven), Frederick Van Fleteren (Villanova), Craig J. N. de Paulo (Rome), Roland J. Teske, S.J. (Marquette) and Vincent Zarini (Paris). 

With headquarters in Bologna, Italy, the College of Fellows incorporated the Collegium Augustinianum as a research institute in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and by February 2013, our Graduate School of Philosophy, Theology and Classics was established with three graduate students in Florida. 
In 2013, the College of Fellows of the Collegium Augustinianum also became shareholders of the historic Athenaeum of Philadelphia on Washington Square in Society Hill of Philadelphia, where the Bandy Collection of Classical Greek, Latin and Byzantine Studies was established  as a permanent Collection in memory of our late Fellow, Anastasius Bandy, who was an eminent Greek and Latin scholar.

Despite our newly-established foundation as a graduate school, our students enjoy a venerable intellectual lineage through our Fellows, faculty and visiting scholars that connects them with Augustinian luminaries like Tarcisius J. van Bavel, John J. O’Meara, Pierre Courcelle,  Jacques Paul Migne and many others through the ages. 

Further, the Collegium Augustinianum Graduate Schoool of Philosophy, Theology and Classics has conferred honorary doctoral degrees upon Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini, S.J., the late Archbishop of Milan and renowned Scripture scholar, Catholic Theologian Professor Dr. Hans Küng, renowned Anglican theologian Archbishop Dr. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop S. Tilewa Johnson, the late Anglican Primate and Archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa, Archbishop Dr. Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, the current Primate of West Africa of the worldwide Anglican Communion and Archbishop Albert Chama, Primate and Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, Anglican Communion.

With a world-renowned faculty in philosophy and theology, the CollegiuAugustinianum has already been recognized for its accomplishments in offering an outstanding and affordable higher education by official proclamation of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in addition to other organizations.