I was born in Namyangju, Kyunggido in South Korea. My family was Buddhist. When I was 13 years old, my grandmother passed away. At that time I knew my grandmother’s baptismal name was Anna and that she was Catholic.While I attended the funeral Mass, something moved inside my heart. After that I went to Catholic church by myself and was baptized when I was 14 years old.
Also I met a friend in my middle school who was a Catholic and wanted to become a nun. She suggested to me ‘Let’s become a nun together.’ So we developed our dream together. But now she is married. After that I met another friend in my church, and she became a Good Shepherd Sister before me. When I was in my early thirties, she invited me to join our congregation. My family also became Catholic after I professed my first vows.
Since 2009 and in between other ministries, I have been involved in sex education through a program called 'Teen STAR'. This program is a consciousness raising and education program for the women in our ministries. People are puzzled when they go to a training place. How does a nun undertake sex education? I never imagined that I would be involved in such a program. However, the question disappears when we clarity that this program is 'values education' as it involves 'sexuality education in the context of adult responsibility.'
Currently I am conducting sex education retreats for the seminarians in Korea. The 'Teen STAR' Program is based on a theology of the body so I became interested in it. Now I am studying theology at the graduate school, out of personal interest.
My biggest challenge is myself. I am a free and idealistic person, but Good Shepherd ministry has always challenged me to be more realistic.
I can’t see clearly what is God’s plan in my life but I trust that I will discover how much God has prepared good things for me. I just can say ‘Here I am Lord’.
The Province of Northeast Asia was the first in the Asia Pacific region to hold its Chapter from 10 – 18 October, 2019 and Sister Stella Rhee was elected as new Province Leader
Golden Jubilee celebrations in South Korea include a monthly retreat for the sisters, production of Good Shepherd resources, a Walking Pilgrimage and a Mass
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region