Pilgrimage has Africa in mind
Movie prompts parishioners to give Lenten donations to Sudan mission
The faithful of the Eunhaeng-dong Holy Family Chruch is delivering the fund to a priest (photo courtesy of Suwon diocese)
Parishioners moved by the missionary work of a priest have contributed to the Korean Church’s mission in Africa by offering small donations during their Lenten pilgrimage.
The Eunhaeng-dong Holy Family Church donated 3.5 million won (US$3,180) to the Administration of Evangelization and Education of Suwon diocese on March 30.
The money was given by parishioners who joined the Lenten pilgrimage at the Yanggeun shrine on March 26.
All 134 pilgrims made donations in proportion to the distance they walked; 10 kilometers saw them give 10,000 won and 20,000 won for 20 kilometers.
It was organized by the Small Community (SC) committee of the Eunhaeng-dong Holy Family Church to help support mission work in Africa.
Elisabeth Choi Won-sim, chair of the committee, said they became interested in African mission work after they watched the movie Don't Cry, Tonj and met a Sudanese priest visiting their parish.
The movie follows the missionary work of late Salesian Father John Lee Tae-seok who worked in war-torn Tonj in the Sudan. He died of cancer in January 2010 at age 48.
Father Stephen Ko Tae-hoon, vice-administrator of the Administration of Evangelization and Education of Suwon, said yesterday he really appreciated the pilgrimage offering.
Their Lenten reflection of Jesus' suffering led to their helping neighbors in need, he said.
According to Father Ko, the money will be sent to Korean priests working in Sudan.