ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - More than 2,000 priests, religious and laity at the service of children: National Congress for Catholic Educators in Korea

Saturday, 29 May 2004

Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - “Walking Beside Them” was the theme of a recent National Congress for Catholic Educators held in Seoul. The event was attended by 2,000 teachers, educators, pastoral workers, priests, men and women religious involved in the education of children in over 300 schools in Korea.
The Congress offered all those who work in Catholic schools and pastoral centres the opportunity to share experience, discuss problems and identify strategies for the future.
The participants confirmed their commitment “to be faithful to the spirit of the Gospel” and, “following the example of Jesus welcome little ones and walk beside them helping them grow in wisdom and grace”.
The Church in Korea has worked in the field of education for more than 150 years, the Auxiliary Bishop of Seoul, Bishop Lucas Kim Won-oe recalled, congratulating those present for their “commitment and dedication to promote children’s human, social and spiritual development.”
Among the organisers of the event Korea’s National Associations of Religious Major Superiors male and female. Sr. Teresa Kim Jeong-rye, representing women Religious told the teachers present: “Your commitment and service for children the smallest and most helpless members of society, deserves praise because it is a task which brings salt and light to the world”. She said she hoped the Congress would mark the beginning of a new era of hope and that Catholic educators will continue to play their important role in Korea.
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