AMS Auxiliary Bishop Spencer Welcomes K of C Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson to Korea

Entourage meets with senior U.S. Military officers as an outreach to Catholics in the Armed Forces

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson of the Knights of Columbus (K of C), the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, was joined on a visit to Korea this week by an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).

Bishop F. Richard Spencer, Episcopal Vicar for Europe and Asia, accompanied Supreme Knight Anderson on a five-day trip that included meetings with His Eminence Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jin-Suk, Archbishop of Seoul; Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, Apostolic Nuncio; the Honorable Sung Kim, United States Ambassador; and U.S. military personnel belonging to the K of C’s local Bishop Kaising Council 14223.

Supreme Knight Anderson and Bishop Spencer were accompanied by others including Col. Chuck Gallina (USMCR), the K of C Supreme Council’s Assistant for Military and Veterans affairs and longtime AMS supporter.

Cardinal Cheong, 81, recounted to the visitors how, during the 1950-53 Korean War, he worked with and assisted the United States military. The Cardinal said he remains grateful for the contributions that the U.S. continues to make on behalf of his people.

The group:

  • Met with senior U.S. military officers to discuss, among other things, the K of C’s ongoing outreach to Catholics in the Armed Forces;
  • Received several briefings from high-ranking military and State department personnel on various geopolitical and security issues confronting the divided Korean peninsula and U.S. forces stationed in South Korea;
  • Visited the Jeoldusan Martyr’s Shrine to Catholics killed in 19th Century persecutions;
  • Toured the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that has divided North and South Korea since the 1953 ceasefire.

The Knights of Columbus was organized in New Haven, Connecticut by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney as a Catholic fraternal society committed to the defense of their country, their families and their faith. The Order, now a global organization, has been called “the strong right arm of the Church,” and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.

The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 to provide the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to Catholics serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, enrolled in U.S. military academies, undergoing treatment in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, working for the U.S. Government in civilian jobs overseas, and their families.

As the nation’s only archdiocese without geographical boundaries, the AMS endorses priests for on-site ministry at more than 350 locations throughout the country and around the world. Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to serve their spiritual and sacramental needs.

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