» 09/19/2012 SOUTH KOREA - CZECH REPUBLIC Korean missionary in Prague: a bridge between the two peoples by Joseph Yun Li-sun Under the South Korean Churches’ new missionary drive, Fr. Keye Nam has been sent to the Czech capital "not only to provide support to the community of Korean immigrants, but to present them to the city and to present our country to the city."
Prague (AsiaNews) - A Korean priest who lives in
not be confined to chaplaincy for his compatriots. He should also help them
learn more about the place they live in, while providing the country that hosts
us a better view of our
country of origin", says Fr. Keye
Nam, a Catholic priest who lives in Prague to give "spiritual
support" to the compatriots living in the Czech Republic.
believes that "to be a bridge and meeting point" between Czech and
Korean people is an essential part of his mission: "From the religious point
of view, I celebrate Masses throughout the archdiocese of Prague. Regarding the Korean community, we are
based in St. Vojtech, in the sixth district of the capital. " Here
thousands of immigrants from South
Korea live, of which approximately 120 are
The priest's mission began in
January: sent by the Diocese of Incheon, he will be in Prague for at least the
next four years: "A lot of Koreans work here for Hyundai, Samsung, LG,
Posco and all the other Korean companies in the Czech
market. They come with their families, since Seoul is one of the largest investors in the
local economy: they think of staying here for a long time. "
This is why Fr. Nam
also helps them discover the city from the point of view of everyday life:
"It is very difficult to learn about Prague
from reading guidebooks. You have to experience the city, to understand how to
move about. And in this way I can also introduce Korea to the Czechs, who
are very interested in our way of life and our traditions. "
Korean Catholic Church is one of the liveliest of the whole Asian continent. Over
the past five years, the Korean Bishops' Conference has launched several
exchange programs with the dioceses around the world, seen as a way to open the
eyes of Korean priests and to promote the unity of the universal Church.