Korean Province Elects New Provincial

The Chapter of the Korean Province (http://www.johnofgod.or.kr/english) was celebrated on 17-21 February 2014 at the Formation Centre at Damyang, just outside Gwangju). It was attended by 29 Brothers, and for three days 24 Co-workers were also present. The Prior General, Bro. Jesús Etayo, presided at the Chapter accompanied by General Councillor Brother Rudolf Knopp and by the Delegate for the Asia-Pacific Region, Brother Joseph Smith. The Chapter was moderated by Fr Hilario Seo (SDB).

 During the previous quadriennium the Korean Province had been enhanced bya new component, the  Provincial Delegation of Japan, which was transferred from the Bavarian Province to the Korean Province in March 2012. Consequently, in geographical terms, the Korean Province now encompasses South Korea, Japan and China.

 Chapter was prepared by the Commission of 10 members, Brothers and Co-workers, chaired by Brother Andrew Kim.

 On the Wednesday, the Capitulars were treated to a typical Korean cultural evening. One of the artists performing for them was a Brother, Hasang Paul, who had been a member of the Korean Opera before entering the Order.

 The main items on the Chapter agenda were:

  • Promoting pastoral care in the Centres as a priority objective
  • Adopting the strategic plan for the next four years (charismatic management, the Formation of Co-workers, Bioethics, Pastoral Care and collaboration)
  • Giving a fresh impetus to the presence of the Province in Japan and in China
  • Fostering the community life of the Brothers

On February 20,:

             Michael Lee

was elected Provincial Superior.


On February 21 the following Provincial councillors were elected:

Bro. Ricardo Ko

Bro. Andrew Lee

Bro. Matthew Lee

Bro. Kirag Francis Kim


On 21st February the Provincial Superior and his Council appointed as Provincial Delegate of Japan:

Bro. Benedict Won, priest

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