Clement Fuhl (1874-1935) was a deeply spiritual leader of the Augustinian Order who brought a greater emphasis on the spiritual formation of young friars, especially those not aspiring to a priestly ordination.
Born 18 June 1874 in Aidhausen, Germany, he was given the name Vincent. After entering the Order of Saint Augustine in 1893, he took the religious name Clement. He became a priest in 1897.
Clement was given many positions of leadership and responsibility. In 1920 he was elected Prior Provincial (regional superior) of the Province of Germany, a post he held until 1929. He implemented a program of human, spiritual and social formation for those friars not undergoing seminary studies in preparation for ordination as priests. In 1929 he was then chosen as Commissary Provincial, overseeing the German Augustinians' mission in the United States.
Clement was elected Prior General (world leader) of the Order in 1931. One of his first accomplishments in that office was the reopening of the Augustinian International College in Rome, where many Provinces around the world sent their brightest students and most exemplary religious for advanced theological studies.
Under Clement's leadership, the Order re-established its presence in Hippo (now Annaba, Algeria), where Augustine himself had been Bishop. The Order grew during his term of office, especially in Germany, Latin America, the United States, Holland, Belgium, France and Italy.
Clement visited many houses of formation, and drew up guidelines for formation that emphasized spiritual growth as well as academic studies.
While visiting with the Dutch Augustinian missionaries who were ministering in Bolivia, Clement died 31st March 1935 in La Paz, Bolivia. His remains were moved to Wurtzburg, Germany in 1953. The cause for his beatification and canonization officially began in 1995.