"Augustinian Hermits or Friars, now officially the ‘Order of Brothers of St Augustine’ or ‘Order of St Augustine’. A religious order living according to the Rule of St Augustine of Hippo. In 1244 Innocent IV directed the Tuscan hermits to accept this Rule; . . . in 1256 Pope Alexander IV united . . . three congregations (and certain others who seceded soon afterwards) to form the Friars Hermit. . . . The later Middle Ages saw the rise of certain local reformed congregations, such as that of Saxony (1419–1560), to which M. Luther belonged. . . ."
"Augustinian Hermits" The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Ed. F. L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone. © Oxford University Press 2005. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church: (e-reference edition). Oxford University Press. Seattle Pacific University. 17 July 2012 http://ezproxy.spu.edu/login?url=http://www.oxford-christianchurch.com/entry?entry=t257.e565.