HWAN YOUNG HAMNIDA!
Korean history begins with its foundation in 2333 BC. In 1910 it was occupied by Japan and at the end of the World War II it was divided into North and South Korea. In 1948 South Korea was established as a democracy and since then has grown economically very rapidly. South Korea has a population of about 50 million of which more than 80 percent live in cities. Korea is a homogeneous country where all people speak one language. The traditional religions in Korea are: Confucianism, Buddhism and Shamanism. Christianity started in South Korea in 1784 and was spread by intellectuals who returned from China. For over one hundred years Christianity was suppressed and persecuted however, in the 1960 it started to blossom. There are approximately 15 million Christians in South Korea today, with more than two-thirds Protestant and about 15 % Catholic.
Our sisters first went to Korea in 1966 but withdrew in 1970. Our second attempt was done by three Korean CPS sisters in 1986. Presently there are sisters serving in various communities in the Dioceses of Seoul and Cheongju.