An earlier report.
The following is excerpted from the English language edition of the newsletter, "Augustinian Korea," of December 2002.
In terms of its governance, our Augustinian Delegation of Korea, right from its beginning in 1985, has always been unique in our Order.
As we come to the beginning of 2003, we continue that early work as a dedicated community of men from Korea, the Philippines and Australia.
Missionary work is not measured by the number of conversions. With faith in the Lord of the Harvest, we trust the results to Him.
These results may not always be evident to us, but still we have joy in our hearts.
At present (i.e., December 2002) there are six priests ascribed to the Delegation, three from the Philippines and three from Australia.
After 17 years of hard work sowing the seed, God has blessed us with 12 young and committed Korean Augustinians.
We maintain a central house in Incheon (just over an hour by train from Seoul), which was opened in April 1994, and our Formation Centre in Kanghwa Island (opened in October 1998), which is another two hours further away from Seoul by road.
Situated beside the Incheon central house is our Social Apostolate House for disadvantaged male youth (opened April 2000).
The principal ministry since 1994 has been the holding of one-day and two-day retreats at the centre in Incheon.
As a result, some people have sought private retreats, and many visit the centre for Reconciliation and spiritual advice.
The Augustinian priests also assist in local parishes on Sundays, celebrate Masses in convents of religious sisters, serve as hospital chaplains and teach English at the Incheon Seminary.
The house for disadvantaged youth in Incheon is called "You and I". The building houses seven males aged between 12 and 17 years.
They live together as a family and as a community of friends inspired by the ideals of Saint Augustine.
The Augustinian brothers involved in "You and I", who live next door in the Augustinian centre in Incheon, assist with the material, spiritual and emotional needs of the boys.