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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

District of Korea

Fr. James Mifsud (1935-2010) was born in San Francisco, California, on February 6, 1935. He was the oldest of seven boys. Jim first met the Marianists as a student at St. James Grammar School. He professed first vows on August 15, 1953, in Santa Cruz and perpetual vows on August 23, 1958, in San Francisco.

Fr. Jim was ordained in Switzerland on April 3, 1965. He returned to the United States after the seminary and served for three years as a teacher and chaplain at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California

In 1968, Fr. Jim volunteered to go to Korea. He was given the title of "District Superior" in 1976 (Pacific Province Personnel).

PAC and Korea

A new stage in the development of the Korean Mission began when Fr. Joseph Stefanelli became Provincial Superior of the pacific province. (August 15, 1973). One of the first things he did was initiate a Province bi-monthly news letter, "PAC" (Provincial Administration Communications). This periodical is a gold mine as a source for information about the Korean endeavor over the years 1973-2002.

General Chapter of 1976

The 1976 General Chapter was held at Pollanza, in Northern Italy from July 1 - August 15, 1976. The plan prepared for Korea by the Austrian and Pacific Provinces for the Chapter was approved. The chief points are these:

(1) All Marianist personnel in Korea, the communities and the works will be under the direction of the Province of the Pacific.

(2) All present and future Korean Marianists will profess their vows as members of the Pacific Province.

(3) The Korean Mission is designated a "district" of the Province and a local "district superior" will be named by the (Pacific) Provincial Council...(PAC No 7).

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