Korea Updates

Jeju Island Naval Base- A Threat to the South Korean Island of World Peace

Known for its incredible biodiversity, God’s Creation and people on Jeju Island in South Korea are threatened with plans to build a military base that will most likely destroy the fragile coral reef ecosystem, contaminate food and water sources in …

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Ask the Korean Embassy to Stop the Naval Base Construction on the Korean “Island of Peace”

Korean civil society and faith leaders are currently protesting the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island. Known as the “Island of Peace” and home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a biosphere reserve, Jeju Island is a …

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A Demographic Switch: The Korean Family Changes

Some days I wonder if I am in the same Korea that I came to in 1969. Things have changed so much. Korean society is probably one of the fastest changing societies in the world over such a short period …

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The Big Columban Family: Formation Highlights

Fr. Thomas Seungwon Nam, Rector of the formation program in the Korean Region, provides the following update about life in the formation house in Seoul: While many of us have had an “Is it over?” experience, an experience or change …

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Catholicism in Korea: The Evolution of Mission

South Korea is a nation that looks and feels rich, peaceful and confi dent. The claim to a prosperous future is tangible, although some imagination is needed to appreciate the political and economic changes that have taken place over recent …

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Mission Today in Korea

Over the last five years my work in Korea involved visiting parishes to talk about mission and invite people to join in Columban mission. During those visits I inevitably met people whose lives had been touched by Columbans. Fr. Donal …

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From Wilderness to Vineyard: The Evangelization of Jeju Island

Fr. Patrick McGlinchey, a native of Donegal, Ireland, has spent all his missionary life on the Island of Jeju about eighty miles off the southern coast of South Korea. Fr. McGlinchey finds the island a good place to live, with …

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The Old and the New: Columbans Then and Now

In 2008, Columbans in Korea celebrated the 75th anniversary of their arrival in the country. The first group of ten Columbans arrived in the port of Busan on the last Sunday in October 1933, the feast of Christ the King. …

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Room at the Inn

A Shelter for HIV/AIDS Patients Columban Sr. Miriam Cousins began her ministry in Korea in 1971 and today is working with AIDS patients in a number of shelters she set up to accommodate them. Her original intention was to counsel …

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Across the Divide: Missionaries In Their Own Land

Three Korean couples, who have been friends of mine for years, came to visit me while I was on holiday in Ireland a few years ago. As I was showing them around my own area in Conamara one day I …

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