Benedictine Brother Augustine Oh makes first monastic vows

Benedictine Brother Hang Geum Augustine Oh made first monastic vows to Benedictine Abbot John Klassen and the Benedictine community of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville on Aug. 15 in the abbey church.

Benedictine Brother Hang Geum Augustine Oh, Benedictine Abbot John Klassen and Father Joseph Kung-Lyul Na pose together Aug. 15 at the Saint John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville, after Brother Augustine made his first vows. Father Na is a retired priest from Diocese of Jeonju, South Korea, and uncle of Brother Augustine. (Submitted photo)

Brother Augustine, 47, was born in Seoul, South Korea. He earned undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from Yousei University, Seoul, a Juris Doctor of Law from Chung-ang Law School in Seoul as well as a Master of Law in international arbitration from the University of Miami School of Law in Florida. He also possesses a Master of Art in liturgical music from Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary. Immediately before joining the monastery, Brother Augustine was a consultant of international trade and advisory of sports law in West Palm Beach, Florida.

As a junior monk, Brother Augustine will be continuing graduate studies at Saint John’s, working as spiritual life program coordinator in the Abbey Guesthouse and as the “assistant refectorian” for Saint John’s Abbey, working with Benedictine Brother Aelred Senna.


Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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