The Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea (CPIK)

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Official name The Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea (CPIK).
Country / Continent Korea / Asia
Director of the institute Most Rev. Pester U-il KANG, Bishop of Cheju and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK).
Legal holder of the institute The Permanent Council of the CBCK.
Sponsor of the institute General Secretariat of the CBCK.
Year of foundation October 14th, 2010.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) There are five members (all employees).
Staff members of your institute Assistant Director (priest): Fr. Joseph Sun-yong Park.

Researchers (laypersons): Mr. Joseph Jae-jung Eom, Ms. Serena Hae-kyung Kim, Ms. Bibiana Joo-hyon Ro, Ms. Teresa Jun-hye Lee.

Contact 643 – 1, Jungok 1-dong

Gwangjin-gu

Seoul 153-912

KOREA


Tel: 82 2 4607548

Fax: 82 24607545

CPIK homepage: http://pastor.cbck.or.kr.


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

The Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea (CPIK).

Director of the institute

Most Rev. Pester U-il KANG, Bishop of Cheju and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK).

Legal holder of the institute

The Permanent Council of the CBCK.

General Secretariat of the CBCK.

Vision / mission statement

The missions of the CPIK are: To make research on general pastoral matters entrusted by the CBCK; to gather and analyse pastoral materials and information for the CBCK; to support pastoral activities of the fields.

Main areas of work

Research on pastoral matters entrusted by the CBCK; Explore on the pastoral methods of the time, with special emphasis on the Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in Korea; Research on ongoing formation of priests; Holding seminar, lectures and workshops on the themes in conformity with the vision of the CPIK; Building a database of pastoral materials.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

All bishops in Korea and diocesan pastoral office members are the main of our work and also including parish pastors, parish staffs and leaders, researchers, etc.

Year of foundation

October 14th, 2010.

Organisational structure of the institute

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

There are five members (all employees).

Staff members of your institute[2]

Assistant Director (priest): Fr. Joseph Sun-yong Park.

Researchers (laypersons): Mr. Joseph Jae-jung Eom, Ms. Serena Hae-kyung Kim, Ms. Bibiana Joo-hyon Ro, Ms. Teresa Jun-hye Lee.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Mr. Joseph Jae-jung Eom, B.A., Ms. Serena Hae-kyung Kim, PhD/S.T.D., Ms. Bibiana Joo-hyon Ro, D.Min, Ms. Teresa Jun-hye Lee, B.A.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

As an institute belonging to the CBCK, the CPIK is most of all, obliged to render assistance to bishops in Korea as they make deliberation and decision on the pastoral orientation of the Catholic Church in Korea. In this regard, the CPIK is trying to make an analysis on the pastoral reality with an integral and long term vision, as well as to make suggestions on the future of the Catholic Church in Korea.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Pastoral tasks mandated by the CBCK: The CBCK asks the CPIK to make intensive research on pastoral matters of the Catholic Church in Korea, when she considers such a need before they are taken into deliberation to reach a decision. Therefore, the CPIK covers all fields of pastoral matters of the Church in Korea.


Pastoral methods to assist the CBCK, so that it can offer a direction for the future on the Catholic Church in Korea with a long-term vision, keeping an eye on changes of both ecclesiastical condition and social environment.


Ongoing formation of the priests: One of the main objects of the CPIK is to establish a system for the ongoing formation of priests with the inter-diocesan cooperation, as there is no such practice after the ordination of priests in Korea.


Building a database of pastoral materials: The CPIK is trying to digitalize many pastoral materials, so that they can be used by many ecclesiastical institutes and organizations.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

The CPIK is trying to research and suggest on the mid and long-term vision of the Catholic Church in Korea.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

Pastoral Information Mailing Service: On the last Friday of each month we send national and international pastoral information and materials to bishops in Korea, diocesan offices, national committees of the CBCK, Catholic media and institutes. It promotes understanding on issues of local Churches and universal Church. It also facilitates mutual sharing of pastoral materials of each local Church and institute.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

New Evangelization: The CPIK is trying to make an analysis on such areas in Korea in accordance with the categories for new evangelization suggested by the Lineamenta of the XIII ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, i.e. culture, society, mass media, economy, science, civic life, and politics.

The SCCs: It has passed 20 years since the introduction of the models of the SCCs into Korea thanks to the help of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC). We are now making research and evaluation on the process of Ongoing formation of the priests: One of the main objects of the CPIK is to establish a system for the ongoing formation of priests with the inter-diocesan

inculturation and present state of such approach to contribute to rooting it in the soil of the Catholic Church in Korea for the communities centering around the divine Word in the midst of everyday life.

Ongoing formation of priests: As we are short of the systematical programs of ongoing formation for priests after their ordination in the Catholic Church in Korea, we are trying to establish a system for the ongoing formation of priests with inter-diocesan cooperation. To put it concretely, we are now trying to design a program for priests in their sabbatical, and set to build a centre for priest formation.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Though not in direct relationship, the SCCs may have an indirect effect on the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy. It is because the SCCS promote our contemplation and sharing of the Bible, and the communication of the Christian faith in everyday life. The ongoing formation of priests also contributes to the evaluation and renewal of pastoral methods, as it counts pastoral ministry as one of main areas for priestly formation, in which it can exert indirect influence on catechesis, deaconry and liturgy.

What notion of God inspires your work?

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Though the theme of the Christian spirituality has not been treated in our research so far, we are well aware of its importance for the research works in general.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

Though we do not have developed our own methodology, we are utilizing conventional methods for research, including critical literature review, discourse with experts, statistical analysis, opinion polling. Especially, in regard to the pastoral care on the parish level, we prefer a field research to be more attentive to the voices of the priests and laypersons who are serving the church at the forefront for the ministry of evangelization. We also made an analysis on the Statistics of the Catholic Church in Korea 2011.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

As the CPIK is still in its initial stage, it has practiced no special approach with prophetic character. However, we witness the conspicuous engagement of the bishops in Korea in regard to critical social issues. They issue statements in the name of the CBCK to raise their common voices on important social matters. In this regard, the CPIK provide the bishops with appropriate materials for evangelical discernment, conducting a study on practical approaches.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Meetings: At the meeting of the steering committee, the CPIK make general review and evaluation. The CPIK also make evaluation of the researches conducted by the subcommittees for SCCs and for ongoing formation of priests respectively, both are comprised of experts on respective fields.

Workshop, seminar and training: The CPIK held a workshop for the preparation of the answer to the questions of the Lineamenta of the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. In this workshop, many experts and representatives from each diocese made deliberation on the theme of the Synod. The CPIK also carried out a program with the theme “How to celebrate the Year of the Faith” for diocesan pastoral office members (including priests, religious and laity), to help them to prepare for the “Year of the Faith”.

Formation program: The CPIK is now developing a program for sabbatical year of priests, while carrying out retreats and formation program for priests on the national level.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

Until now the CPIK has published no official periodical, while issuing materials on demand like “Material for ongoing Formation of Priests” and 2Maerial for the Year of the Faith”.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Supporting bishops in their pastoral concerns and decision; Introduction and application of the pastoral orientation of the Universal Church; Conducting research on themes which are hard to be carried out on the level of individual diocese; Establishment of network among ecclesiastical research institutes.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

As the CPIK is in its initial stage, it is quite difficult to make an evaluation on our work. However, we could say that the CPIK is manifesting the possibility of the coordination and cooperation among ecclesiastical research institutes, with its activities like experts workshops, information exchange with diocesan offices, and training programs in regard to the important issues of the Catholic Church in Korea.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

It is the new evangelization and the Catholic Church in Korea.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

The CPIK is planning a program to support lay experts in different areas, so that they could apply Catholicism to their work. It also counts the development of formation program for leaders of the SCCs as a part of its long-term plans.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

The CPIK makes all its achievements public on its web-site, so that they can be freely downloaded by any visitor.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

The CPIK itself is a CBCK-affiliated institute. It provides dioceses with information and materials when they request. Especially, if it is needed on the national level, the CPIK takes the initiative in collection and distribution of the materials to each diocese.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

The CPIK works in intensive relationship with diocesan offices.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

At the moment, there is no linkage at international level.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

The CPIK does not carry out such a cooperation by itself. However, the Committee for Promoting Christian Unity & Interreligious Dialogue of the CBCK (CBCUID) carries out relatively well the ministry of exchange and dialogue with other religions in Korea. The CPIK as a CBCK-affiliated institute is also concerned about the interreligious dialogue, in cooperation with the CPUID.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

The Committee for Promoting Christian Unity & Interreligious Dialogue of the CBCK tries to make efforts to promote the cooperation with non-Catholic churches with various events including the celebration the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

Though the CPIK itself has no affiliation with any association, one of our staff members serves personally for the FABC as the executive secretary of AsIPA (Asian Integral Pastoral Approach) Desk under the Office of Laity & Family. Another staff member is an ordinary member of Theological Institute of Seogang University.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

It would be much appreciated when you can provide us with information on the achievements of ecclesiastical research institutes around the world. Besides, it will be also great help if you can arrange exchange and joint seminar. We also hope to know the addresses of other institutes’ website. It could be helpful to exchange each institute’s work.


  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.