Korean Legion of Mary

Korean Catholic Students pray the Rosary and promote Marian faith as members of the Legion of Mary (also called Legio Mariae). In devotion to Mary, students take part in weekly charitable works. They include providing sandwiches to the homeless, visiting the sick in nursing homes, helping elementary school students in a homework club run the by the Missionaries of Charity sisters. Members meet every Friday afternoon from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Newman Centre. Membership is open to all Korean Catholic Students. For more information please contact Soho Shim at soho.shim@mail.utoronto.ca

The Korean Catholic Community

In the first one hundred years of its history, the Catholic Community in Korea underwent six major persecutions, in the course of which it is estimated that at least ten thousand died for their belief in God. These martyrs included clergy, both Korean and French, together with thousands of lay men and women, and even young children. They became the seeds out of which sprang today's ever-growing Korean Catholic Church. Of all those thousands of martyrs, one hundred and three were solomnly canonized in 1984 at a ceremony in Seoul marking the 200th anniversary of the Korean Catholic Church, presided by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. It was the first time such a canonization had been celebrated outside of Rome and the number of these canonized together was the largest in the Catholic Church's history. The 103 Korean Martyrs are saints, not just of Korea, but of the universal Church and they merit the veneration of the faithful in every part of the world.

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