One knight and four dames invested at Myungdong Cathederal in Seoul, Korea
On Tuesday, 26 November members of the Order of Malta Korea held an investiture at Myungdong Cathederal in Seoul. One knight and four dames were invested at a holy mass celebrated by H.E. Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung Yeom and co-celebrated by H.E. Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, Apostolic Nuncio to Korea, H.E. Bishop Kyu-man Cho and H.E. Bishop Jean Laffitte, Prelate of the Order of Malta. Daniel Kwok from the Australian Association was the master of ceremony, and Sean Parnell, a regional Hospitaller from Australia was delegated to represent His Most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand Master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto.
The mass was attended by Grand Chancellor H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, Grand Hospitaller H.E. Dominique Prince de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel and delegates from Australia, Singapore and USA.
Following the mass, everyone was invited to a private opening of an exhibition where ten wooden crosses made out of nearly a century old worker’s cart were revealed for the first time. It was a personal project of Silvano YM Park, President of the Order of Malta Korea.
Following the Cross exhibition, the Order of Malta Korea members hosted a gala dinner to celebrate the Investiture with foreign ambassadors, priests and sisters they partner with on their projects, family and friends, and most of all, their devoted volunteers, all in attendance. At the gala dinner, H.E. Cardinal Andrew Yeom received Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion by Grand Chancellor H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, gladly promising continuous support for the Order of Malta Korea.
The Order of Malta Korea
Founded in 15 April, 2015, Order of Malta Korea (OMK) has developed into a community of over 150 volunteers with 11 invested members. Silvano Yongmaan Park, now in his second term, has been leading the works of the Order as the founding president and Fr. Mathew Byun has been supporting the members and aspirants on spiritual growth as chaplain. The members and aspirants frequently gather for various projects, the monthly mass and meeting, as well as bi-annual spiritual retreat.
Learn more about the charitable works of the Order of Malta Korea.