The Mission Hub

The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Unity in Diversity

Since its founding in 1808, the Archdiocese of Boston has welcomed the arrival of many different cultural groups who bring their customs and heritage with them, enriching the religious traditions of our parishes by their contributions.  Some of these ethnic communities arrived in Boston as the result of persecution in their own countries.  Others have come to us as a normal outgrowth of the immigration process.  What many of these communities have in common is that they received the Catholic faith in their home lands through the work of missionaries.

One of the most vibrant and widespread groups is the Korean Catholic Community, soon to be at home in Corpus Christi church in Auburndale.  I was once again reminded of the vibrant faith of our Korean brothers and sisters when I celebrated the memorial of the Korean Martyrs on September 20.  Saint Andrew Kim Taegŏn, Saint Paul Chŏng Hasang, and their companions were martyred for their faith in the nineteenth century.  The history books reveal that over eight thousand Korean Christians gave their lives for the faith in a relatively brief time period.  Of these, one hundred and three were canonized by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Seoul on May 6, 1984.  Saint Andrew Kim Taegon was the first native Korean priest and Saint Paul Chong Hasang was a catechist and seminarian preparing for ordination.

 The heroism of these early martyrs for the faith is revealed in a quote from the last letter that Saint Andrew wrote to his parish community:
There are twenty of us in this place and by God’s grace we are so far all well. If any of us is executed, I ask you not to forget our families. I have many things to say, yet how can pen and paper capture what I feel? I end this letter. As we are all near the final ordeal, I urge you to remain steadfast in faith, so that at last we will all reach heaven and there rejoice together. I embrace you all in love.
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