Ministry : Service to where it is needed
Some of our sisters work in parishes, schools, kindergartens, hospitals, rehabilitation centers for children with special needs. Some dedicate their compassionate heart and love for elderly. Other sisters work in different initiatives for people in need: the poor, the North Korean refugees, the families with diverse background, and the abused children and women, often at very tough times in their lives. Other ministries include facilitating retreat houses, giving lectures on bible and spiritual life, or going overseas for foreign missions. Some are in creating sacred art, or simply gardening, cooking, sewing, and being a welcoming presence to all those who come to our convent seeking vocation, prayer and support. For us, the title of the job isn’t important, what is essential is that we are “sisters” to all we meet while we work. We live and share the good news of salvation without limits to regions or objects for mission.
Parish apostolate calls for the appointment of 2 to 4 sisters to help the parish and to guide the faithful in their spiritual and liturgical lives. Our congregation strives to respond to the needs of a parish and we seek to live out our special charism of sharing the Word through scripture study.
Providing children with a christian formation and grounding in the faith includes spiritual direction for parents, which is a very important part of parish ministry. But outside the parish context we have found new openings for single parents or diverse families with special care.
Sisters work as vocations directors in liaison with the Seoul Archdiocesan Education Office, parish middle/high school student affairs offices and Sunday-school teachers. Sisters serve as professors, lecturers and tutors and work in administration at Tongsong Middle & High School, and some work for special education.
By God's providence our congregation has been involved in Scripture apostolate since 1972. Breaking with the fixed notion that only biblical Splists and scholars could teach scripture, our congregation developed a program of study suited to the needs of ordinary believers.
Having learned that many young Catholics, hungering for the word of God, were attending Protestant Bible-study sessions where heated disputes often occurred, we began groping for a way to make bible study easily available to everyone. The Catholic Bible Life Movement grew out of this quest to present the Word of God, not as some scholarly document but as the "Living Word."
Our sisters, working in tandem with Catholic scripture scholars, assembled study-aids for each book of the Bible. Having first tested out the program among our congregations members, it was introduced to a group of university students in 1972. Over the years the Bible study contributed greatly to deepening the faith and rounding out the spiritual formation of Catholics through out Korea. Study centers have been established in major cities and towns of Korea and also in the USA(Orange County, California) to cater to the needs of the many Korean-Americans.
Our outreach began in 1954 with the establishment of Children's House in Pusan to cater for the children with special needs. In 1956 we opened Sacred Heart school for hearing impaired students which now a days also gears students for full employment in the work place. We have assumed responsibility for the running of the Myung-hee lnstitute, founded in 1980 by the late Queen Pangja (widow of the last Korean king). Some of other areas include social service centers, nursing home, and soup kitchens.
Given the poverty of our nation in times past, the early groups of foreign missionaries undertook health care as a primary means of apostolic outreach. By means of hands-on medical treatment, tending patients, administration and chaplaincy we strive to reveal the love of Jesus Christ who healed the sick.
Help the Poor
"In order to proclaim the gospel we must follow the example of Jesus Christ by having a special care for the poor, those who are suffering and the marginalized and to share their difficulties as far as possible" (Constitution 20)
Responding to this ideal two sisters began ministry to the poor in a slum area in Pusan city in 1983. Our ministry to the poor involves living in their environment sharing the housing conditions whilst providing services such as supervised study rooms, children's daycare center, and support for families in difficulty.
More recently our sisters with the help and support of volunteers and benefactors have begun to provide soup-kitchen services in down town parks where many elderly and destitute people hang out.
National reunification is a goal dear to the hearts of our members. We look to Pyongyang, North Korea, as the birth place of our congregation. Many of our older sisters were born in North and have parents and siblings living there. We pray continually for reconciliation and peaceful unification of Korea.
Since 1980 we have begun our overseas ministry in New York, New Jersey, California, and Seattle of the United States, Peru, Philippines, and Kazakhstan.