Mission in Korea
The first Columban missionaries entered Korea in 1933, overcoming much adversity. By the late 1950s there were a quarter million Catholics. Today, 10 percent of the population — more than 5 million people — are Catholic. There is no shortage of vocations.
The original Columban mission goal of setting up a self-reliant local Church has been replaced by a vision to help promote a better life for the poor and those deprived of their basic human rights. Traditional parish work has given way to new ministries reaching out to the urban poor, workers, farmers, alcoholics, gamblers and the disabled.
Columbans Enter Korea in 1933
Nine newly-ordained Columban Fathers arrived in China in autumn of 1933, and learned they would be sent to Korea to establish a new Columban mission there. Led by Columban Father Owen MacPolin, one of the original Columbans who went to China in 1920, they set up their new mission in the town of Mokpo, In the coming decades, the Columbans persevered through hardship, to found parishes, create countless charitable and economic projects, and expand to other locations in Korea.
Years of mission to the world
Generations of people lifted to dignity