ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - Twenty new priests and thirty deacons will be ordained in Seoul

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 local churches   vocations  

Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - The Church in Korea, which thrives in vocations to priesthood, will be enriched with 20 new priests: Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, will ordain 20 priests on February 5. Given the large numbers of faithful who are expected for the event, the celebration will be held in the big hall of the Olympic Park in Seoul. As reported to Fides in a note by the local Church, the Archdiocese of Seoul celebrates an ordination Mass every year, with an average of 30 new priests ordained. Over the past 20 years, ordinations in Seoul have always been higher than twenty priests a year. The data of the last three years are: 21 new priests in 2013; 36 in 2014; 25 in 2015.
The ordination Mass takes its theme from Cardinal Yeom’s pastoral Letter, just published, entitled "Teachings of the Church: the compass of the new evangelization", while the verse reference chosen is "How beautiful is your love "(The Song of Songs 4:10).
The wealth of vocations in the local Church is also demonstrated by another event: a day before the priestly ordination, the Cardinal will ordain 30 deacons, including a student of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, who will begin their service in the local community church.
The two events will also have a media coverage, thanks to the "Pyeonghwa Broadcasting Corporation", the radio and television station owned by the archdiocese, which will broadcast the celebrations live. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 27/01/2016)