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Rest in peace, Fr. Ambrosio Park Yang Ung

By Our Own Correspondent

Seoul, Korea, 6 January 2018 -- Known to many who visited or lived in the former General House community (Pisana: 1982-1984, 1988-2006) where he was in charge of the Central Salesian Library, Fr. Ambrosio Park (1943-2018) passed away just few days after a difficult surgery (cancer on pancreas) in the ICU of Catholic Hospital in Seoul, Korea few minutes before midnight of January 5, 2018.

Fr. Park was born in the Korean family resident in Japan (Kyoto), then joined the diocesan clergy of Seoul archdiocese (same batch like the present archbishop and cardinal Andrew Yeom) and was ordained to priesthood in 1970. His Salesian journey started during this canon law studies in Europe. After his Salesian novitiate (Seoul, 1981-1982) Fr. Ambrogio spent the rest of his life in Rome-Italy, most in the General House (1982-1984, 1988-2006) and also in the Rome province (IRO - then ICC) in the communities of Pius XI, Prenestino - Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco, Sacro Cuore, Testaccio and finally Don Bosco Cinecitta'.

All his major assignments are connected with history and law: Member of the Salesian History Institute (ISS), Salesians Central Archive (1988-1990) and Salesian Central Library (1991-2006). Beyond his Doctorate in Canon Law (1979), Fr. Ambrosio was specialized in 'Biblioteconomia' (Vatican, 1983) and diploma course in Archivistic (Vatican, 1984).

Last August 2017 he returned to Korea - Seoul, in order to stay close to his mother Teresa Hong (Daegu City, 2 hrs by train from Seoul). During past few months Fr. Ambrosio was a member of the Provincial House community. He passed away at the age of 75, after 47 years of priesthood and 36 years of Salesian religious life.

May he rest in peace!

Brief timeline

  • 1943: born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 1970: ordained priest in Seoul, Korea

  • 1982: first profession in Seoul, Korea

  • 1982-2017: ministry in Rome, Italy

  • 2017-2018: return to Seoul, Korea



List of Articles
No. Category Subject Date Views
30 GIA 4900_Dear Fr. Fujikawa, welcome to the Salesian Garden in Heaven! 1 file 2018.11.02 175
29 KOR 4887(III)_Shining model of first Spanish missionary in Korea file 2018.10.20 127
28 AUL 4855(II)_“As a young man I gave my heart to India. I do not intend on taking it back.” file 2018.09.19 126
27 CIN 4855(I)_Witness of deep love for the Lord and for the Young file 2018.09.19 316
26 TLS 4842(III)_A model of Gospel life simplicity in Timor Leste 2 file 2018.09.06 368
25 WOR 4838(II)_A global wave of gratitude file 2018.09.02 152
24 GIA 4764(II)_66 Years of Faithful Salesian Religious Life Witness file 2018.06.20 195
23 WOR 4740_Former World Delegate of the Salesian Cooperators passed away 1 file 2018.05.29 835
22 GIA 4684(III)_Fr. Federico Baggio, SDB passed away 1 file 2018.03.30 1019
» KOR 4601_Faithful disciple entered the house of the Father 3 file 2018.01.06 551
20 FIS 4593(III)_Fr. Peter Zago, former provincial of Cebu passed away 4 file 2017.12.29 430
19 CIN 4545(II)_102-Year Old EAO Patriarch, Apostle of Hansenian Patients Fr. Gaetano Nicosia RIP 1 file 2017.11.08 574
18 THA 4535(II)_Welcome to the House of the Father, Fr. Udom! file 2017.10.31 621
17 AUL 4518(IV)_Brother Cahill Gleisner SDB returned to the Lord 1 file 2017.10.10 505
16 GIA 4515_A zealous Salesian passed quietly to the Father in Tokyo 1 file 2017.10.07 335
15 AUL 4489(II)_Fr Jeremiah Breen SDB passed away in Melbourne file 2017.09.06 157
14 AUL 4485(III)_Fr Joe Pulis SDB, passed away file 2017.09.01 232
13 THA 4478(II)_Fr. Joseph Sanong Chornthong passed away file 2017.08.25 197
12 THA 4465(V)_Great missionary Fr. Gustav Roosens passed away (Thailand) file 2017.08.13 704
11 GIA 4460(III)_"The seed fall into a fertile land and brought 100 fold harvest" file 2017.08.08 201
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