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Our Seminarian Yunkyoung Hillel Kim
When I was a little kid, parishioners from my father’s church often told me “you should be a priest as your father.” Then I replied, “I would be anything but a priest.” Even to a young boy, priesthood seemed to be too heavy. When I went to college, I thought I wanted to major in film. My father suggested to study theology and film as a double major. That was persuasive. That is how I started studying theology. Theology was the perfect major for me. I dropped my film major, because I felt that I was born to do theology. And right after I started studying theology, my mother also started studying theology at the same university. Studying theology with her takes me into a deeper understanding and passion for theology. And behind all of these choices, there is my younger brother who was born with Down syndrome. My brother’s presence draws my whole family nearer to God and God’s plan for each of us.
After graduation I decided to go to seminary. While I was in seminary, I met Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) Professor Dr. John Kater as he taught at my seminary for a semester. That is how I got to know CDSP. After I spent one semester in seminary, I had to join the Army to fulfill my mandatory service. As I was serving in the Army, I was hoping to study at CDSP.
My life in the States and CDSP last three years was like being in the wilderness. As I look back last three years, I realize that I could not survive a single day without God’s help. In this wilderness, I can profoundly experience God’s presence in my life and God’s guidance. And as I have been serving and preaching as a seminarian in St. Albans for last three years, I experienced immeasurable happiness and joy that is given from God. I have been running away from God’s call to priesthood since I was little, but now I know that God has been preparing and strengthen me to accept His call to priesthood. Now, I am ready and willing to face His call.