(Photo by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated Mass for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of a Korean Catholic Church in San Francisco on Aug. 13 at St. Michael Korean Catholic Church. Bishop Linus Seong Hyo Lee concelebrated the Mass.
Korean Catholics celebrate 50 years in San Francisco
August 23rd, 2016
By Catholic San Francisco
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated Mass Aug. 13 for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of a Korean Catholic Church in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Korean Catholic community was the first established in the United States, the archbishop noted in his homily at Mass at St. Michael Korean Catholic Church. “What a blessing and a boast for us here in San Francisco that this historical moment took place here in our city, in this archdiocese,” Archbishop Cordileone told the packed church on Broad Street. Bishop Linus Seong Hyo Lee, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Suwon, concelebrated the Mass.
The Korean Catholic Church was begun by “a lay Catholic Yi Seun-hunm, who went to Beijing in 1784 and was baptized there, and then returned to Korea to spread his new faith and baptize others.” Five years later when the first priest was able to secretly enter the country from China he “found some 4,000 Catholics, none of whom had ever seen a priest,” the archbishop recounted. Within less than a century 10,000 Korean Catholics were martyred, he said.
He said Korean Catholics have much to teach the world “about the role and vocation of the laity in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.”
He added, “I am grateful for the presence of so many Korean Catholics and other Asians in our archdiocese. You still understand the importance of family cohesion and unity, a witness we desperately need today.”
From August 25, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.