The friars were first invited by then Surigao Bishop Miguel C. Cinches, SVD in 2001 to take over a parish in Bucas Grande Island vacated by his confreres, the Divine Word Missionaries. The Province accepted the offer the same year and sent Fr. Sisinio A. Paderog, OSA and Fr. Andrew P. Batayola, OSA to Socorro. Five years after the arrival of the pioneering Augustinian missionaries, “Socorro” was officially accepted as a house of the Order on September 11, 2006. The friary which also serves as the parish convent was finished during the term of Fr. Sisinio A. Paderog, OSA. The friars minister to the Catholic faithful of Socorro and also promote peaceful coexistence with members of other religious groups in the island.