Except for Stage Two of the Retreat House, the complex is now built and operating. The church has seating for 130 persons. A number of commissioned art works, including a figure of the Risen Christ made of highly polished bronze and statues of Saints Augustine and Monica (his mother). There is a large church bell in its adjacent tower. The first Mass was celebrated in the church (see photo below) during April 2012.
The Priory (the osa residence) had ten rooms to accommodate friars, novices, and private retreatants. On Saturday, 8th September 2012 Cardinal Prosper Grech O.S.A. from Rome presided at the blessing of the church and the adjacent Augustinian Priory of the Mother of Good Counsel at Yeoncheon, north of Seoul and a mere five kilometres from the DMZ (demilitarized zone).The Retreat House has been planned in two separate construction stages, comprising two separate buildings. Its first stage is now completed, a single storey building featuring a conference room, smaller lecture room, office, foyer, reception room, prayer room, storage room, men's and women's toilets, dining hall, kitchen, cook's quarters and laundry room. Stage Two will be a two-storey building with sleeping accommodation in the form of twenty twin bedrooms.
On the feast day of St Monica, 27th August 2013, the local Bishop of Uijeongbu, Most Rev. Lee Pedro, blessed the columbarium and a statue of Saint Monica in the church. Since soon after that date, Stage One of the Retreat House has been in full operation, and planning is under way so that Stage Two can be constructed in the near future.
The previous small Augustinian site at Yeoncheon higher up in the mountains has been sold, and its Augustinian community moved to the larger site. As well as a place for retreats and a church containing a columbarium, the complex will be a place of novitiate for those formally joining the order. For the Yeoncheon photo gallery, click here.