ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Buddhists join Catholics caring for people with leprosy at St Lazarus Centre, Suwon

Friday, 18 February 2005

Seoul (Fides Service) - Recently the Catholic St Lazarus Centre for the care of people with leprosy in Uiwang-si in the South Korean diocese of Suwon celebrated 30 years of friendship with the Buddhists volunteers who act as valuable assistants. The Centre opened in 1973 by Father Alexander Lee-Gyeong-jae and soon became a point of reference for assistance the people with leprosy. It is run with the help of Volunteers mainly Catholics but also Buddhists. One of the latter is Ms Park Cheong Su, a Buddhist, who has offered her services at the Centre for thirty years. She was drawn to St Lazarus by the example of the dedicated Sisters and the care and love they showed in caring for the patients. She soon began to organise awareness campaigns to encourage other local Buddhists to join her at the Catholic Centre. Mrs Cheong Su also organises recreational activities for the Centre’s inmates. As a mark of gratitude for thirty years of voluntary service at St Lazzarus Centre Ms Park Cheong Su received a special message from Bishop Paul Choi Duk-ki of Suwon.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 18/2/2005 righe 18 parole 181)