Fr. Larry Faraon
November 5, 2018
Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea and unquestionably the economic, political and cultural hub of the country.
Today, Seoul is considered a leading and a rising global city and is the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy. Skyscrapers and high rise abound. The subway system is the third largest in the world and perhaps one of the finest, providing 4G, LTE, Wifi and DMB inside subway cars.
In recent years, Seoul has been swamped with tourists from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. However, recently things have been changing. Tourism numbers to Seoul have been exploding in the past five years or so with no indication of slowing down or stopping.
The word “Mirinae” is a pure Korean word for the Milky Way. The site holds the graves of St. Kim Dae-geon, Korea’s first Catholic Saint; his mother, Ursula; Bishop Ferreol, the third head of the Joseon parish who ordained St. Kim; and Vincentius Lee Minsik who buried St. Kim’s body.
The reason it came to be called “Mirinae” is that Korean Catholics came to this place in secret to avoid persecution during the late Joseon Dynasty, and the lamplight coming from their homes in the village where they settled resembled the starlight of the Milky Way.
St. Kim was executed at the age of 26 and was not permitted a funeral. But 40 days after the execution, Vincentius Lee Minsik was able to steal St. Kim’s body with great difficulty. He carried it on his back eventually burying it in Mirinae.
At the center of the site stands a grand memorial church and the Way of the Cross behind it has 15 bronze sculptures depicting the passion of Jesus being captured by Roman soldiers, crucified, suffering, passing away and being interred.
Gwangju Metropolitan City is the fifth largest city in South Korea. It has consistently played an important role in the history of Korea’s democracy and human rights movement, the most recent of which was the Gwangju Massacre of May 18, 1980, in which at least 207 students were killed by army forces suppressing a pro-democracy demonstration.
Gwangju has a thriving youth and arts, culture where any visitor will notice a generally more fashion conscious populace.
The city holds an annual Kimchi Festival that draws visitors from all over the country.
The Blessed Virgin Mary began weeping through her statue owned by Julia Kim in Naju, Korea, on June 30, 1985.
Since then, she has brought many messages and other miraculous signs, urging all her children in the world to hurriedly repent of their sins and return to God.
The original image of the Blessed Virgin Mary owned by Julia Kim, is now housed in the House of the Blessed Mother where masses, prayers and devotions are regularly held.
Situated five miles west of the House of the Blessed Mother is the Naju Holy Mountain, site of a miraculous spring which has been instrumental for numerous healings. The place is a replica of Mount Calvary with a large Crucifix and statues of Our Lady, St. John, St. Mary Magdalene and a Roman soldier. Encircling the whole place is the Way of the Cross with fifteen stations. Frequently, the air on the Mountain is filled with the fragrance of roses.
Take some time off to really listen to God. Join a 7-day Pilgrimage to South Korea with Our Lady of Naju with Fr. Larry Faraon leaving on November 5, 2018.
Begin your pilgrimage with a visit to Busan, “the summer capital of South Korea.” This delightful port city is the second largest city of South Korea. It is well known for its beaches, hot springs and nature reserves. Not to be missed is a visit to the Taejongdae Park to marvel at its lush, thick forest, rocky seaside cliffs and the spectacular sea that comes in different shades of blue.
Journey on to Naju. Spend time in prayer at the House of the Blessed Mother which houses the miraculous image of the Blessed Mother known to have shed tears and blood. Relive the Passion of the Lord as you pray the Way of the Cross at the Naju Holy Mountain with fellow pilgrims.
Visit places where Korean Catholics were martyred for their faith at the Haemi Shrine; The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang; and Solmoe, the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, the first Korean Saint and Catholic priest.
While on pilgrimage enjoy the autumn sun and the burst of colors all around. Here is a beautiful reflection that Fr. Jerry Orbos wrote on one of his visits to South Korea.
“It is autumn in Korea. There are beautiful colors everywhere as the leaves of the trees change from green to red, orange, yellow and brown until they are all gone. But there are trees that remain green the whole year round. These are the evergreens, which change neither with the times, nor the seasons and are constant and steady, and always ready. May we become more like the evergreens in our relationship with other people. The evergreens do not call attention to themselves. Unlike the other trees that attract our eyes in spring or in autumn, the evergreens remain in the background—hidden but powerful, and inspiring witnesses that it is possible to remain green even in the coldest winter.” ~ Fr. Jerry Orbos
Spend time in prayer and reflection. Embark on a Pilgrimage to South Korea and Our Lady of Naju with Fr. Larry Faraon leaving on November 5, 2018. Enjoy a perfect respite amidst the presence of our blessed Mother.
Daily masses and inspiring homilies
Peaceful ambience at the Shrine of Solmoe, a sanctuary for martyrs who were willing to offer their lives for their faith.
Tasty and deeply satisfying Korean cuisine served in classy restaurants already included in the package cost.
Pray the “Hail Mary” as you touch each Stone Rosary Bead on your walk along the Rosary Road at the Shrine of Our Lady of The Rosary of Namyang. A very moving experience.
Feel the crisp, cool breeze and feast your eyes on the wonderful burst of colors of nature that only happens during Autumn.
Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are. I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then. All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her. Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage . Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc. Cora Franca PilgrimCora and Vir Franca
Dear Pilgrims' Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec CabusoraLeclec Cabusora
I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.Peter Joseph Mapua
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