Korean Parish Erected in Diocese
On May 6, The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will erect the Triangle Korean Catholic Community (TKCC) as a parish under the patronage of Saint Ha-Sang Paul Jung, a Korean layman who was martyred in 1839.
The Community of 150 registered families was formed approximately 20 years ago. It celebrates Mass each Saturday evening at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary with a Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Mass celebrated at its rectory in New Hill. Its pastor is Rev. Daegun Andrew Choong Seob Kim.
Bishop Burbidge’s announcement of creating a parish is based on the recommendation by the Diocese of Raleigh’s Council of Priests. The Community requested the parish be named in honor of Saint Ha-Sang Paul Jung, who was canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 6, 1984. Saint Paul Chong was a leader of the early Korean Catholic Church, who kept the Korean Catholics energized following the killing of all Catholic clergy in the country in the early 1800s. When the Vatican and Church in China began sending priests back into the country, Paul Chong entered the seminary. In 1839, he was executed before he could be ordained.
The new parish of Saint Ha-Sang Paul Jung have begun plans to construct their own parish in the near future, purchasing land in southwest Wake County.