Fr. Francis Kim
Parochial Vicar, Saint Peter Roman Catholic Church
I was born in Seoul, South Korea on October 3, 1968. I come from a family of five: parents, a brother and a sister. I am the eldest. My father is 79 years old, and my mother passed away two years ago. They live in South Korea.
I majored in Mechanical Engineering at the university and earned a degree in Engineering Science. Then, I became an engineer and worked for Mercedes-Benz in South Korea for four years. My field of work was certification and validation of safety, testing of the performance of the new car models, and overhaul of safety. I enjoyed my career as an engineer.
I became a Catholic at the age of 26, which was the turning point in my life. After I was baptized, I joined church ministries such as youth ministry, choir, lector, and Bible study, etc. Then, I became a youth minister.
In 1998, when I was 30, I joined the Society of Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), and entered the Seminary in South Korea. I became a Salesian Brother and lived a happy life as a member of SDB until 2009. I professed first vows for three years and then temporary vows for another three years.
I completed a seven year curriculum of philosophical and theological studies at the Catholic University of Korea in South Korea.
I wanted to become a missionary and work in a foreign country. Then, a Korean priest, Fr. John Kim, who belongs to the Diocese of Camden, introduced me to the Diocese of Camden. The vocation director and the Bishop of Camden invited me to relocate and join the Diocese.
I came to the USA in 2010, and studied at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore for two years. I was ordained a deacon in December 17, 2011 and a priest on May 19, 2012 by Bishop Galante.
My first assignment was at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Absecon for four years, and then St. Padre Pio Parish for one year.
I am very optimistic. I play some musical instruments: saxophone, clarinet, and guitar.
And, I am a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. I like to go fishing during the summer and skiing in the winter.