ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Archdiocese of Seoul launches mission to America: priests, religious and lay people on mission for new evangelisation

Wednesday, 9 February 2005

Seoul (Fides Service) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul has set up a new office Catholic Seoul Mission to promote evangelisation in America. In addition to the Korean Foreign Mission Society, established by the Korean Bishops’ Conference in 1975 and the Korean Foreign Mission Sisters, established by the diocese of Pusan in 1986, the new Catholic Seoul Mission, directed by Rev. Louis Kim Taek-gu will involve a wider range of faithful from clergy and religious to the laity. Unlike the Korean Foreign Mission Society, focusing on mission to Asia, the Mission will focus its attention on mission to America. It will form clergy, religious and lay missionaries to be sent to foreign countries and develop programmes and initiatives for foreign mission. As a first step the Mission plans to send three missionaries to the archdiocese of Panama this year. They will first learn the language and become familiar with the culture and then start a mission of new evangelisation.
With this new office the archdiocese of Seoul increases momentum in its foreign mission and helps to transform the Church in Korea from a missionary receiving Church to a missionary giving Church shouldering responsibility for new evangelisation in the third millennium.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 9/2/2005 righe 23 parole 245)