Five new Jesuit priests ordained in Korea

The five newly ordained are Fathers Andrew Sung-gyoon Lee, Simon Mon-hoi Kim, Benedict On-dohk Kang, Thomas Min Han and Igwan Su-yun Park.

Korea
Jul 16 2014, 6:03 PM
Five new Jesuit priests ordained in Korea
Newly ordained priests concelebrating Holy Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Chung Soon-taek OCD.

Five new Jesuit priests were ordained on July 2 at Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul. More than 1,500 people participated in the ordination mass concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Peter Chung Soon-taek of Seoul and 80 priests.

The five newly ordained are Fathers Andrew Sung-gyoon Lee, Simon Mon-hoi Kim, Benedict On-dohk Kang, Thomas Min Han and Igwan Su-yun Park.

Father Andrew Lee, 45, joined the Society in 2001, after obtaining a degree in Agriculture from Korea University and working for a few years. After taking his first vows in 2003, he did his philosophy studies and received MPhil in 2006 at the Graduate School of Theology (GST), Sogang University. Father Lee did his two-year regency at Yiutsari, the Jesuit-run centre for migrant workers.  He was sent to Manila, the Philippines to study theology at Loyola School of Theology (LST), and upon his return to Korea in 2013, he resumed working with migrant workers.

Father Simon Kim, 40, entered the Society in 2003, a year after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Korea University.  He took first vows in 2005, after two years in the novitiate. He did his philosophy studies in Sogang University, completing his MPhil at GST in 2008. During his regency, Father Kim served students for two years as Vice-director of Sogang University Bellarmino Dormitory. He did his theology studies in Paris, France at Centre Svres, Facultés jésuites de Paris. 

Father Benedict Kang, 37, entered the Society in 2004, after finishing his studies in Creative Writing at Hanshin University. He took first vows in 2006 and completed his regency in 2010. He was then sent to Melbourne, Australia for his theological studies at Jesuit Theological College (JTC).

Father Thomas Han, 37, also entered the Society in 2004, a year after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at Sogang University. He also studied philosophy at GST after his first vows in 2006. During his regency, he worked at the Province Vocation Promotion Office as Assistant to the Director.  In 2011, he began his theology studies at JTC.

Father Igwan Park, 35, joined the Society in 2004, after obtaining a degree in Electronic Engineering at Choong-ju University. He completed his philosophy studies at GST in 2009 and was sent to Jesuit Mission in Cambodia for his regency from 2009 to 2011. He went to Manila for theological studies at LST.  He returned to Korea this year.

In September, Fathers Lee, Kim and Park will be assigned different parishes for six months to a year, while Fathers Kang and Han will return to Australia to finish their studies.

Source: sjapc

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