Archbishop Broglio Completes Pastoral Visit to U.S. Military Installations in Korea

Archbishop Timothy Broglio in South Korea with Col. John W. Pearse, Commander at Kunsan Air Base (left) and Father Mario Catungal

Archbishop Timothy Broglio in South Korea with Col. John W. Pearse, Commander at Kunsan Air Base (left) and Father Mario Catungal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, made a Christmas pastoral visitation to that portion of his worldwide flock currently stationed in the Republic of Korea. During his Dec. 20-31 visit, Archbishop Broglio officially numbered Roy Mellon and Joseph Pak as Candidates for the permanent diaconate. Both men have been preparing for ordination for several years and are key members of the Catholic Community at the Yongsan Army Garrison in Seoul.

The Archbishop celebrated Christmas Masses at Osan Air Base, and at the Yongsan and Humphreys installations. He also visited Camps Red Cloud and Casey, Kunsan Air Base, and installations in the Daegu metropolitan area. While in Daegu he blessed the volunteers at the local St. Joseph soup kitchen, administered the sacrament of confirmation and witnessed the marriage of a military couple. Unfortunately, an unexpected snowfall in Daegu made a planned visit to the naval station at Chinhae impossible.

Archbishop Broglio participated in the Fourth Degree Exemplification of the Knights of Columbus and paid courtesy visits to General James D. Thurman, UNC, CFC, and USFK Commanding General, the Most Reverend Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung, Archbishop of Seoul, and the Most Reverend Francis Xavier Yo Soo-il, O.F.M., the Korean Military Bishop. Archbishop Broglio also visited other ranking officers at the various installations on his itinerary.
Date: 1/14/2013