Hon Me, one of the three Korean grocery stores over on Kauffman Road in Fairborn, now features in its front window a list of all the Korean Christian communities and churches in the Dayton area. So now I can tell you what the archdiocese website doesn’t:

The Dayton Baksam Korean Catholic community has its home at the Marianist center, Bergamo, out on Patterson Road between Kettering and Beavercreek. Queen of Apostles Chapel there is underused (they’ve recently had Sunday Mass only at 10:30 AM), so it’s a nice place for them. Also, a fair number of the older Marianists served in the Korean missions and know Korean.

Cincinnati has the St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Community on 3171 Struble Rd. The building and grounds look very nice from the website and Google Streetview. The website has left them off the archdiocese’s list of parishes also, although they are mentioned in several pieces of archdiocesan paperwork on the website, and in archdiocesan news releases. St Andrew Kim’s website says that they have weekday Mass on Thursday 8:00 pm and Fri 7:30 pm; and Sunday Mass at 11 am. Confession is 30 minutes before Mass. There’s several devotions running after Mass, Catholic education classes for kids and adults, and a Korean choir. It seems like an active bunch of folks.

There are also Korean Catholic communities in Cleveland and Columbus.

St. Andrew Kim’s website also features a brief history of Korean Catholics in Ohio, Indiana, and the archdiocese. It’s in Korean, so Google Translate is your friend. (Unfortunately, GT is your friend who doesn’t know much Korean.)

The USCCB has an article in English about problems and strengths of US Korean Catholics. For example, although vocations coming out of the US community are pretty large, most communities here are still served by priests sent over here from South Korea.

The only article I can find from a US Korean Catholic’s pov, though, is this essay by an adopted lady, though it’s an interesting essay in itself. Here’s some nice pictures of the NYC Korean community fixing up their newly assigned church, and another article on Harrisburg’s Korean Catholic parish.

On a totally different note, here’s part one of a 2007-2008 “miniseries” named Kyrie that some Korean Catholic kids put together, playing off weepy soap operas and K-dramas. There are seven parts and it’s pretty silly, but I think you’ll see some personality types you recognize from Catholic school….

Here’s a listing of Korean Catholic parishes and communities in the US. Here’s another listing at fiat.org.

Re: the Korean saints mentioned about, St. Andrew Kim Taegon was a Korean priest, a brilliant and brave man. He was martyred by beheading in 1846; his father was martyred in 1839 while Kim was still in the seminary over in Macao. St. Peter Son Son-ji was a married lay catechist from Inchon (Imcheon) who was martyred on December 13, 1866.

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