Fr Peo Seo of the Korean Missionary Society is the Parish Priest of Holy Family Pastoral Area, Lake Kutubu located in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and part of the Diocese of Mendi. The joyful liturgy took place at an outdoor Holy Mass celebrated on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on the shores of scenic Lake Kutubu. The decision to celebrate the baptisms by immersion was discussed by the Parish Pastoral Council. Father Peter decided to use this approved form of administering the Sacrament of Baptism as a way of drawing attention to the importance of this first of the Sacraments of the Church by which people are cleansed of their sins, become adopted reborn children of God the Father and members of the Church.
Seventeen people of various ages received the Sacrament of Baptism and twenty one (mainly young) people received Jesus for the first time in the Holy Eucharist.
The Korean Missionary Society has been serving in the Catholic Diocese of Mendi for decades. We are grateful for their service to the Holy People of God. As the Church continues to grow in the Southern Highland Province, Hela Province and throughout PNG, let's pray that the peace and justice willed by God will also grow in this beautiful land.