The Chapter formulates and approves the paths of progress which the Order of St Augustine (“the Augustinians”) will undertake in the years that follow it. For the Augustinians these Chapters occur every four years in all regions of the world where the Order presently operates.
Halfway through the chapter’s term, there is a review called the Mid-Chapter held so that the degree of progress can be examined and course adjustments proposed.
The Augustinian Province of Australasia (which includes the Augustinians in South Korea) conducted its Mid-Chapter in the closing days of June 2016, and over thirty members of the Order attended in Australia and South Korea participated. This number included those still preparing for lifetime Augustinian vows and priesthood.
Some of those present were persons of other nations such as the Philippines, India, Vietnam and other territories; all of them were persons either ministering or studying with the Order in Australia.
The Augustinians spent the first day of the five-day chapter reflecting upon the implications of the changing nature of the Australian church and society. This reality was attested by the now-multicultural composition among the Mid-Chapter participants.
Various sessions of the Mid-Chapter were devoted to reports from the persons responsible for the two Augustinian boys’ colleges (middle school and high school) in Australia, the parishes conducted by the Order in five Catholic diocese in Eastern Australia, and the Order’s role in specialist works such as Aboriginal ministry and social justice.