St Benedict's Abbey


The first korean benedictine monastery is founded in Seoul in 1909 by monks from the Congregation of St. Ottilien. In 1913 the monastery becomes an abbey ("abbey" is the name for a fully grown benedictine community) with Fr. Bonifatius Sauer as the first abbot. The activities of the abbey include vocational training (carpentry, metal works and gardening) as well as education of teachers. With the establishment of the Apostolic Vicariate of Wonsan and the appointment of Abbot Bonifatius Sauer as its first Apostolic Vicar in 1921 the large region in the north-east of the country is entrusted to the Benedictines. As a result the abbey is moved in 1927 from Seoul to Tokwon in the province of South Hamkyong.

Quoted from: 서울 수도원

Catholic-Hierarchy Seoul (Archdiocese)

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