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New pastoral center for isolated Korean Catholics

Chunchon Diocese now has a pastoral center to 'appease the thirst' of faithful
New pastoral center for isolated Korean Catholics

The opening blessing of Yeongdong Catholic Pastoral Center in the coastal city of Gangneung's Juminjin harbor on March 31. (Photo by Catholic Times of Korea)

Published: April 07, 2017 02:28 AM GMT
Updated: April 07, 2017 02:31 AM GMT

Chunchon Diocese realized a long-term dream when it opened a pastoral center to offer faith education and cultural events to Catholics living in this isolated area of South Korea.

The diocese held the blessing ceremony for its Yeongdong Catholic Pastoral Center in the coastal city of Gangneung's Juminjin harbor on March 31. Bishop Lucas Kim Un-hoe of Chunchon presided over the ceremony.

The seeds of Catholic faith were sown in Yeongdong some 100 years ago. However, as most of the pastoral events were held in Chuncheon, the the city where the  diocese is based, Catholics from other areas could not join because the diocese is divided by two mountain ridges.

Bishop Kim said, "This area lacks venues for education and it was hard to offer programs here. The new center will appease the thirst of the faithful."

From April, the center will offer classes on the Bible, Catechism and a reading forum. It will also offer monthly lecture programs.

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