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Ground breaking ceremony for CSF convent in Korea

The ground breaking ceremony for the Korean CSF sisters’ long-awaited convent at Il-Seon-Ri, near Gumi in Korea  took place on Thursday 8th August, during Sr Sue’s pastoral visit as Minister Provincial.  Bishop Onesimus Park, Bishop of Busan, who is Sr Frances and Jemma’s diocesan bishop, and their Bishop Protector, led the service.  Fr Peter Chun, priest of Gumi Anglican church, and Fr. Jonathan Kim, formerly priest at Gumi and now retired, also took part, as did Srs Sue, Frances, Jemma and several other members of the Construction Committee and local supporters.  Br Raphael Suh SSF from Gangchon Friary also attended the ceremony.About 40 people braved the unusually hot weather to attend the celebration, and all shared a delicious lunch after the service.

Opening procession:  Sr Jemma carrying the cross, Fr Jonathan, Sr Sue, Fr Peter, Bishop Onesimus

Opening procession: Sr Jemma carrying the cross, Fr Jonathan, Sr Sue, Fr Peter, Bishop Onesimus

Bishop Onesimus & Sr Sue Ground Breaking

Bishop Onesimus & Sr Sue Ground Breaking

Sr Frances leading the litany.

Sr Frances leading the litany.

Some of the congregation making the most of the shade provided by the traditional entrance to the site

Some of the congregation making the most of the shade provided by the traditional entrance to the site

One of the dining rooms for the celebration lunch held at a house in Il-Seon-Ri

One of the dining rooms for the celebration lunch held at a house in Il-Seon-Ri