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Ordinations to be held at birthplace of Korea's first priest saint

St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon and 10 of his family members were martyred

Ordinations to be held at birthplace of Korea's first priest saint

The main entrance of Solmoi Shrine in the Daejeon Diocese where priest ordinations will be held beginning Nov. 3. (Photo by The Catholic Times)

November 1, 2017

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The Diocese of Daejeon has announced it is to ordain its priests at the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Korea's first native priest who was martyred in 1846.

On Nov. 3, Daejeon Diocese will hold its first priest ordination ceremony at the Solmoi Shrine. In the first ordination Mass, there will be 16 new priests including one from the Franciscan Missionaries of Service.

St. Andrew Kim was born in 1821at Solmoi in Dangjin in the province of South Chungcheong. His great-grandfather, Blessed Pius Kim Jin-hu, his uncle, Andrew Kim Jong-han, and his father, St. Ignatius Kim Je-jun, all martyrs, lived in Solmoi which is dubbed the 'Bethlehem of Korea.' There were 11 martyrs in the Kim family.

St. Andrew Kim was ordained a priest in 1845 in China and was martyred in Korea only 13 months after his ordination.

The diocese expects the upcoming priestly ordination in Solmoi will remind priests and local Catholics of the meaning of priesthood and the martyrdom of the early Korean Catholics.

Previously, the diocese held the priestly ordination Masses at Daeheungdong Cathedral which proved over time to be too confined a space for such ceremonies.

Pope Francis visited Solmoi in 2014 as part of Asian Youth Day events held in Daejeon.

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