April 20, 2007

70 Korean Benedictine monks safe after a fire destroyed their residence wing on Good Friday

In the earliest hours of Good Friday, 6 April, the main building of Saints Maurus and Placidus Abbey, Waegwan, Korea, burned.

The abbey is the largest Benedictine monastery of Korea. The building contained the rooms of the monks, the office of the abbot, the administration, the secretariat, etc. Fortunately the fire was discovered very soon by the subprior, Brother Andreas Jeon, O.S.B., who was returning from vigil at the Eucharistic Altar of Repose. He immediately sounded the alarm so that, thankfully, nobody was injured or killed.

The inferno raged for five hours while firemen battled the blaze. The abbey church was not damaged. About 70 monks now find themselves homeless. The cause of the fire is believed to have been a short circuit in the roof of one wing of the building.

From 1946 to 1954, the monks of this monastery suffered persecution and martyrdom at the hands of the communists.

The abbey has a website.
Click HERE for it.


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