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Seoul sends five priests on mission

SEOUL (SE): Five priests from the archdiocese from Seoul in South Korea were commissioned to take up missionary appointments overseas by the archbishop of the capital city,  Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung on March 10.

Father Nam Goong-eun will go to Saitama in Japan; Father Shin Gwang-ho to Sydney in Australia; and Father Kim Sung-min to Xi’an in China; while Father Lee Hyun-gyu and Father Jung Sung-hoon will join the Missionary Society of St. Columban as priest associates and receive an appointment from the society at a later date.

All up, 19 priests from Seoul have gone overseas since 2006 and are now working in 10 different countries around the world; Taiwan, China, Japan, Tanzania, Peru, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Spain and France.

The commissioning Mass was organised by the Department of Foreign Mission and Outreach, a new office set up by Cardinal Yeom in 2013 to highlight the importance of foreign mission to the Church in Seoul.

Father Park Kyu-heum, the director of the department, stressed, “We will try our best every year to send more missionaries out to spread the gospel of the Lord.”

The five priests received a stole bearing the official logo of the archdiocese of Seoul from Cardinal Yeom as a symbol that their work overseas is an outreach of love from the people of their home Church.

The archbishop of Seoul quoted the gospel passage, “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’,” in commissioning the priests on mission.

He added, “This commission is especially meaningful to foreign missionaries.”

He pointed out that the Church of Korea was developed through the support of foreign missionaries, saying. “It is our turn now to reach out and spread the gospel to the other countries in need.”


Speaking on behalf of the five missionary priests, Father Shin expressed their gratitude to the people of their diocese and parishes, saying, “The Mass today allowed us to reflect on our vows to devote ourselves completely to the service of God.”

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