Start date: June 24, 2022



50 years ago — June 16, 1972

A former island pastor founded the Korean community

It will be a quiet affair as the celebrations go on, probably a slightly better dinner at various convents, schools, parishes and hospitals across South Korea. Nevertheless, the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Korean Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help this month will be a no less important event for those concerned. It will certainly be an occasion of special joy for a dynamic 82-year-old Maryknoll priest, Father John Morris of Fall River, Mass., who founded the Order.

Only the white crew cut hair gives any indication of this veteran missionary in Korea as he speaks enthusiastically of those days in 1923 when he was one of three pioneer Maryknoll missionaries to go to Korea.

Photo: Sister Benitas bandages the broken arm of an elderly patient.

Editor’s note: Father Morris served in Hawaii between 1944 and 1956.

25 years ago — June 27, 1997

A liturgical architectural mix

Step through the doors of the renovated Holy Trinity Church in Kuliouou and you might feel like you are entering a luxurious resort. But this elegant fountain at the entrance is actually a baptistery. And the alcove art sculptures highlighted are actually religious statues. And, if you look again, you’ll see a “Trinity” motif in the wrought iron railing guarding the balcony above.

The longer you linger, the more you appreciate the blend of architecture and worship.

And indeed, the new look of the 40-year-old church was the collaborative effort of artisans and clergy. Architects Mark Lively and his wife Rebecca worked with parish priests, Oratorian Fathers Halbert Weidner and Vincent Mainelli, to blend liturgical necessity with structural beauty.

10 years ago — June 22, 2012

One saint, two houses

Hawaii likes to claim Blessed Marianne Cope, who will be canonized Oct. 21, as her own, but in reality, her life has spanned two homes and two healthcare careers. She spent the first 45 years of her life in Syracuse, NY, and her last 35 in Hawaii. Malia island-born Dominican sister Dominica Wong recently visited Syracuse and brought back sightings from the New York side of Mother Marianne for a series of comparisons.

One is surrounded by pine, maple and oak trees, the other by cedar, mango, guava and plumeria trees. Wherever Blessed Marianne Cope took up residence, like a true Franciscan, she embraced nature.


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