Korean Ministry

Situated just a few blocks from Koreatown (or K-Town), the Korean Community at St. Francis was established to minister to newly-arrived Korean immigrants and their families. It is a unique, dynamic Catholic community in which we strive to grow together in faith, hope and love, based on our common ethnic heritage and language. While proclaiming the message of Jesus in the Gospel, we practice his teaching by extending our love to those who are in need. It is our mission to teach the love of God, and to follow the life of Jesus through prayer and community life. We invite and welcome all into our community to join us.

Visit the Korean language website
Contact us at 212-736-8500, Ext. 355

St. Andrew Kim

The evangelization of Korea began during the 17th century through a group of lay persons.  A strong vital Christian community flourished there under lay leadership until missionaries arrived from the Paris Foreign Mission Society. During the terrible persecution that occurred in the 19th century (between 1839 and 1867), 103 members of the Christian community gave their lives as martyrs.

Outstanding among these witnesses to the faith were the first Korean priest and pastor, Andrew Kim Taegon, and the lay apostle, Paul Chong Hasang. Among the other martyrs were a few bishops and priests, but for the most part lay people, men and women, married and unmarried, children, young people, and the elderly.

All suffered greatly for the Faith and consecrated the rich beginnings of the Church of Korea with their blood as martyrs. Pope John Paul II canonized Andrew Kim and he other martyrs of Korea on May 6, 1984.

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