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Il-Seon Ri

Sr Sue in Korea (1)

Won Seong Dong Church in Cheunan, Daejeon Diocese in South Korea on 30th April during Sue’s visit to the Sisters.  Here Sue is  preaching with Jemma interpreting.  The altar frontal and lectern fall are Jemma’s work – her sewing business making vestments, church linen and clergy clothing bring her into fruitful relationships with many churches of various denominations.  This Anglican church is where Juliana works 2 days a week, staying overnight, and normally making the 2 hour journey by train back to Gumi, on Sunday evenings.

Sr Sue in Korea (Part 2)

Further news from Korea:

Sunday May 8th was Parents’ Day in Korea, and according to custom parents and elders are presented with red carnations as a token of respect and gratitude. Sue was given carnations over breakfast at Il-Seon-Ri!Sue with her carnations from the Sisters on Parents' Day

Later in the morning Srs Sue, Frances and Jemma took part in the service at Grace Church West Daegu, at the invitation of Bishop Onesimus.  Frances played the organ and led the singing, which was special as the church doesn’t normally have anyone to lead the music,  and Sue preached with Jemma interpreting. As well as celebrating Parents’ Day the church received 2 new members, one man formerly a Presbyterian, the other a Roman Catholic.

Sue preaching and Jemma interpreting at West Daegu Frances playing the organ at West Daegu

Sr Sue in Korea

Sister Sue is in South Korea with Srs Frances and Jemma until May 11th.  On May 1st the sisters were glad to accept an invitation to attend the 100th Anniversary celebrations of Won Buddhism (Won means Circle), at Seoul Stadium.

Platform at Won Buddhism celebration Founding motto of Won Buddhism 100th Anniversary of Won Buddhism 1st May at Seoul Stadium

 

 

 

 

 

On May 2nd the CSF Korean Regional Chapter was held at Holy Cross convent with Sr Catherine SHC interpreting, and Brother Laurence representing SSF.

CSF Korean Regional Chapter with Brother Lawrence SSF

On Wednesday evening Sr Sue and Sr Jemma joined the Dean, Sr Frances and the other Seminarians for Franciscan Evening Prayer in the Anglican Seminary Chapel, and Sister Sue was gave a homily. It was the students’ first experience of a Franciscan Office, and they were very appreciative.  Afterwards the Sisters shared with the students over a sandwich supper,

Franciscan Evening Prayer at the Seminary With the Dean Fr Jeremiah, and the 1st year seminarians in their chapel at the Anglican University

On Ascension Day, which this year was also Childrens’ Day, a national holiday in Korea,  the sisters worshipped at Cheonan Church in Daejeon Diocese at a Eucharist led by Bishop Moses, Bishop of Daejeon, and Sr Sue was asked to speak briefly to the congregation.

Sr Sue visits Korea.

In April Sue spent 2 weeks in Korea visiting Frances and Jemma, the CSF sisters there. They have now lived in their purpose built traditional Korean style convent at Il-Seon-Ri near Gumi for one year, and have planted a small garden around it. Alongside their other ministries they are members of Samsohoe, a movement of sisters and nuns from different faiths in Korea, who meet together regularly to share concerns and pray for peace. During Sue’s visit the group met at Holy Cross Convent in Seoul. The sisters – Anglican, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians, and Buddhists of different traditions talked together about justice and peace issues, and sang a Korean version of St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun. They also spent time in silent prayer for peace. Jemma was across the room, but Frances and Sue are in the picture.

Samsohoe 21.4.15 at Holy Cross

Samsohoe meeting.

In September Frances and Jemma will be visiting UK to join all the sisters and brothers for the European Province’s General Chapter, where the theme will be “Faith to Faith: Franciscans in a multi-faith society.” As there are no CSF sisters elsewhere in that part of the world the two Korean sisters are part of CSF’s European Province, and obviously both UK and Korea are multi-faith societies, though in very different ways.

Jemma in the garden at Il-Seon-Ri

Jemma in the garden at Il-Seon-Ri

In Seoul Sue also had the opportunity to connect briefly with Brothers Stephen and Raphael who are part of the Korean SSF community at Gangchon Friary. They are members of the Province of the Divine Compassion which encompasses the SSF brothers New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka as well as Korea.

Korea

The CSF sisters in South Korea are part of CSF’s European Province, and so are included on this website, whereas the SSF brothers belong to the Province of the Divine Compassion which may be accessed here.

Sr Jemma learning carpentry

Sr Jemma learning carpentry

Gumi Convent.

In the Gyeongsangbukdo Province of South Korea, in the Diocese of Busan, at the outskirts of Gumi, there is a beautiful and peaceful traditional Korean village where in 2014 we built a traditional Korean-style convent. Il-Seon-Ri is a model village, formed according to the principles of Confucian thought, and in this place the Korean Franciscan sisters have put down roots among the villagers, working to enable the budding forth of a new way of living that allows Confucianism and Christianity to co-exist side by side.  To people thirsty for rest and peace, tired out by the complexities of modern life, the sisters offer a warm welcome and friendship, prayer and the opportunity for spiritual guidance.  Through working for the welfare of young people and the production of clerical vestments, the Korean sisters are forming links with the church and the local community; and by actively welcoming those who wish to visit the convent, the ‘open days’ of Tuesday to Saturday provide an opportunity to share in the Daily Office and the day to day life of the convent.  With two guest rooms, the outer traditional form of the building is complemented by an interior with the comforts of modern living, and the guests are welcome to use the convent chapel, living room, garden, and common spaces of the house.

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Outside the Convent in Il-Seon-Ri

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Srs Frances (seated) and Jemma with visiting Sisters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing a meal

Sharing a meal

With Guests

With Guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taize service in chapel - Frances on keyboard (2)

Taize service in Chapel

 

 

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Frances, Jemma and Stephen SSF at Seoul Franciscan Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At a Samsoehoe interfaith gathering

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First Parish Group at the New Convent in Il Seon Ri

On 22nd May, Srs Frances and Jemma welcomed to their new home a group of around 30 people from a church in Daejeon Diocese who had been unable to attend the Blessing the previous week.  It was a joyful celebration of God’s guidance and provision for the Community in Korea, and of their vision for the future.   The group shared refreshments, joined in a beautiful Taize service in the chapel, listened to the story and then all went out to lunch to celebrate!  It was the day before the sisters left for Seoul, so Sue and Gina were able to see the ministry of hospitality unfolding in the sisters’ new home.

 

Rejoicing together

Rejoicing together

Taize service in the Chapel

Taize service in the Chapel

Srs Frances and Jemma serving the group

Srs Frances and Jemma serving the group

Sr Gina with the group

Sr Gina with the group

Gathered in the living room

Gathered in the living room

Frances speaking about the Community

Frances speaking about the Community

New CSF House blessed in Il-Seon Ri (South Korea)

On May 16th 2014 the Bishop of Busan (the Rt Rev’d Onesimus Dongsin Park) blessed the new CSF house in Il-Seon Ri. Srs Frances and Jemma were joined by Gina and Sue from the UK, SSF Brothers from the Province of the Divine Compassion and over one hundred guests.

 

Bishop Onesimus at the door of the house.

Bishop Onesimus at the door of the house.

The Bishop enters

The Bishop enters

The Consecration of the new Chapel

The Consecration of the new Chapel

SSF Brothers from the Province of the Divine Compassion with CSF Sisters and other Religious.

SSF Brothers from the Province of the Divine Compassion with CSF Sisters and other Religious.

Srs Frances and Jemma in their new Chapel

Srs Frances and Jemma in their new Chapel

Frances, Jemma, Gina and Sue with Bishop Onesimus

Frances, Jemma, Gina and Sue with Bishop Onesimus

The Foundation Stone

The Foundation Stone

A view of the house

A view of the house

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