APAC emblem

Asia Pacific Augistinian Conference

Korea: Yeoncheon Project - Stage 1

Augustinian Church at Yeoncheon (March 2012).

The Korean Delegation of the Order of St Augustine are nearing completion of Stage One of their current building project in Yeonchon, which is north of Seoul, South Korea, and only a few kilometres away from the heavily-guarded border with North Korea.

August 2012 - The Korean Delegation of the Order of St Augustine are nearing completion of Stage One of their current building project in Yeonchon, which is north of Seoul, South Korea, and only a few kilometres away from the heavily-guarded border with North Korea.

Stage One of the project comprises a new Priory/novitiate and church/columbarium, as well as the foundations for the Retreat House (which is Stage Two of the project, having fourteen twin bedrooms). The Priory of Our Lady of Good Counsel will have ten single rooms to house the community, novices and also visiting private retreatants. The Church will accommodate up to 120 people; to help with its financing, the church will contain a columbarium (a memorial wall with 490 cavities into which the ashes/bones of deceased persons will be sealed).

Apart from the help offered by other parts of the Order of St Augustine internationally, all other funds for Stage One have been raised in Korea. Collections were permitted in some seven diocesan parish churches in the local Uijongbu Diocese; donated foodstuffs were sold, major Korean benefactors were successfully recruited, and there has been sale of tiles which in the Blessed Sacrament chapel will form a mosaic and bear the names of people seeking the prayers of the community. The Order’s first property in Seoul, purchased in 1987, also has been sold to assist the Yeonchon Project. 

Incomplete interior of the church, May 2012.

The Order arrived in the Yeonchon area in 2005 by purchasing a small farmhouse and converting it and an adjacent building into a Priory and a very small retreat house. Not only have these dwellings by now proved to be too small, but also the land upon which it rests is too sloping to allow the economical construction of larger buildings. The new site, twice as large and thirty minutes closer to Seoul than the presently-used one, was largely bought for the Delegation by a Korean benefactor aged seventy-five years, whoasked to be baptised in the Church under construction and to be permitted to be buried there. The ground-breaking for Stage One of the building project took place on 8th October 2011. The total cost of Stages One and Two of the project is estimated to be the equivalent of 4.3 million dollars in U.S. currency.

Incomplete exterior of the church, August 2012.

Cardinal Prospero Grech OSA has kindly agreed to come from Rome on 8th September 2012 for the blessing and consecration of Stage One (the Priory/novitiate and the Church), at which time he will also ordain a Korean Augustinian deacon to the priesthood. It is hoped to complete Stage Two by mid-2013.

id309

 

 

 

 

 

 

APAC supports the efforts of our member congregations.

 

 

 

 

 

APAC encourages the sharing of ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

APAC increases our common awareness of values.

 

 

 

 

 

APAC reflects on the gifts that interiority brings us.

 

 

 

 

 

APAC draws us closer to the God who unites us.

 

 

 

 

 

APAC serves the diverse common needs of its member congregations.

 

 

 

 

 

APAC calls us to co-operate and to share.

Copyright © 2017 APAC. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU General Public License.