Beautiful Ordination of 20 Priests in South Korea
The Church in Korea, which is currently benefitting from bountiful priestly vocations, has been further enriched with 20 new priests.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, Ordained 20 new priests on February 5th. The ceremony was attended by large numbers of the faithful, so much so that the celebration had to be held in the huge hall of the Olympic Park in Seoul.
The local Church reported that the Archdiocese of Seoul celebrates an Ordination Mass every year, with an average of 30 new priests ordained. Over the past 20 years, Ordinations in Seoul have always been higher than twenty priests a year. The statistics of the last three years are: 21 new priests in 2013; 36 in 2014; 25 in 2015.
The ordination Mass takes its theme from Cardinal Yeom’s pastoral Letter, just published, entitled "Teachings of the Church: the compass of the new evangelisation" (GREAT TITLE!!), while the verse reference chosen is "How beautiful is your love ". The wealth of vocations in the local Church is also demonstrated by another event: a day before the priestly ordination, the Cardinal will ordain 30 deacons, including a student of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, who will begin their service in the local community church.
The two events had media coverage, thanks to the "Pyeonghwa Broadcasting Corporation", the radio and television station owned by the archdiocese, which broadcast the celebrations live.