Provincial Directory - Religious Communities
DSF - Daughters of St Francis
Address: 206 Eoamri, Miwonmyeon, Cheongwongun, Chungcheonbukdo, 363-872, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82 (0)43 2256 856
KFB - Korean Franciscan Brotherhood
The Korean Franciscan Brotherhood is a community in formation in the Anglican Church of Korea. We are supported by the Society of St Francis through the loan of one of their brothers as a mentor and through other contact, although KFB is not a part of SSF. The two communities formalised their relationship by a Covenant agreed between them in 2001. We have also been supported by the sisters of the Society of the Holy Cross in Seoul. Our aims are to contribute to the building up of God's kingdom by a life of witness through prayer, hospitality and service. In 2001, the friary moved from Incheon to a rural location in Gangwondo (90km east of Seoul) where we are at present working with Seoul Diocese in designing a retreat centre to be built nearby. When construction is completed, we will be managing this centre as a resource for the Diocese. We also offer hospitality to guests at the friary and lead youth and spirituality programmes, work with some local social welfare organisations and participate with Roman Catholic Franciscans in justice, peace and integrity of creation concerns. Through sharing in the Daily Office with our guests, we try to promote liturgical awareness.
Name: Brother Christopher John SSF
(Mentor brother, assumed office 1994, )
Address: 156 Balsan-ri, Nam-Myeon, Chuncheon, 200-922, South Korea
Tel: +82 (33) 263 4662
Fax: +82 (33) 263 4048
OSB - Order of St Benedict Pusan
There has been an Anglican community in Seoul for many years, but it was the wish of Bishop Bundo Kim to establish a community in Pusan - in the south of Korea. Thus it was that in 1993, the Order of St Benedict was founded in Pusan City. In four years, sufficient money was raised by the Diocese to buy a more spacious, rural accommodation in Yangsan (to the north of Pusan), offering more room for retreats, and for community and parish work. In answer to our prayers, Sister Lucy joined us on 11 September 2001. this has anabled us to enlarge our sphere of service, but we are still praying for new members.
Name: Sister Martha Han OSB
(Senior Sister, assumed office 1998)
Address: 810-1 Baekrok-ri, Habuk-myon, Yangsan-shi, Kyongnam-do , 626-860, South Korea
Tel: +82 (55) 384 1560
SHC - Society of the Holy Cross
The Community was founded on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in 1925 by the Rt Revd Mark Trollope, the third English bishop of the Anglican Church in Korea, admitting Postulant Phoebe Lee and blessing a small traditional Korean-style house in the present site of Seoul, the capital city. The Community of St Peter, Woking, Surrey in England, who had sent seventeen Sisters as missionaries to Korea since 1892, nourished this young Community for over two decades. Sister Mary Clare CSP, who was the first Mother Superior of SHC, was persecuted by the North Korean communists and died during the Korean War in 1950. This martyrdom especially has been a strong influence and encouragement for the development of the Community.
Our spirituality is based on a modified form of the Augustinian Rule harmonized with the Benedictine one. Bishop Mark Trollope, the first Visitor, and Sister Mary Clare CSP compiled the Divine Office Book and the Constitution and Rule of the Community. The activities that are being continuously practised even now include pastoral care in parishes, running homes for the elderly and those with learning difficulties, teaching children with learning difficulties in a special school, and counselling people.
We explore a program for vocation on the fourth Saturday of each month and a spiritual prayer meeting and workshop every first Saturday afternoon with people who are interested in prayer and the spiritual life. We also conduct quiet hours and retreats for them privately, or sometimes for groups.
Name: Sister Angela
(Reverend Mother, assumed office 1st January 2004)
Address: 3 Jeong-dong, Jung-ku, Seoul, 100-120, Korea
Tel: +82 (0)2 735 7832
Fax: +82 (0)2 736 5028