Immediately beforehand, these three young men completed their novitiate year at the new Augustinian Priory of the Mother of Good Counsel at Yeoncheon, north of Seoul. In the photo below they are (left to right): Francisco, Andrea and Paolo.
Only weeks beforehand in January 2014. Another young man named Paolo joined as a pre-novice, and will reside in the Yeoncheon Priory mentioned above.(Photo above left, receiving his Augustinian lapel pin.)
The Order of Saint Augustine first went to South Korea in 1985, and two Australian Augustinians were in the group of four priests initially sent there. The Order in Korea accepted its first Korean-born candidates in 1990, and still regards the task of training its Korean-born Augustinians as a primary ministry.
For a summary elsewhere on this web site of Augustinian involvement in South Korea since the Order's arrival there in 1985, click here.