The Chapter brought together members of the Australasian Province from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and overseas, representatives from the Delegation of Korea (who are within the jurisdiction of the Australasian Province), Augustinians on loan to Australia from India and the Philippines, and young men in initial Augustinian formation who are resident in Sydney.
As directed by the Augustinian Constitutions, a Provincial Chapter occurs every four years, and begins with the official installation of the person who has been elected to the office of Prior Provincial of the Australasian Province for a four-year term. This official act is conducted by a senior Augustinian appointed by the Augustinian General Curia in Rome, and this instance it was Fr Joseph Farrell O.S.A., the Vicar General of the Order (Rome). He confirmed the Provincialate Fr Dave Austin O.S.A., who has been serving for a number of years as Moderator of Holy Spirit Parish at St Clair in western Sydney, and also in recent months as Vicar Provincial. (See photos above and immediately below.)
Fr Farrell also confirmed in office personnel nominated by Fr Austin to positions on his official Council, i.e., counsellors, a Provincial Bursar and a Provincial Secretary. The Chapter performed its constitutional role of reviewing the present ministries of the Province in Australia and Korea, and additional desired initiatives based on the Gospel values of discipleship, evangelisation and community.
Because the presence of Augustinians from the Delegation of Korea, a simultaneous translation between the English and Korean languages was provided via earphones throughout the Chapter.
The Chapter processes were essentially similar to those that the Order of St Augustine has adopted since the middle of the thirteenth century. A document called the Acts of the Chapter, signed by all voting members present, then becomes a guide to the administration of the Province for the next four years, and progress is officially reviewed at a Provincial Mid-Chapter two years hence in 2016.