Korean Churches Fill Pews As Community Grows

August 21, 2009

Author: Amy Taxin

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP


A fan-shaped baptismal font lies beneath a prominent chandelier, the centerpiece to a new worship center where priests hope to further expand one of the nation's largest Korean Catholic congregations.

St. Thomas Korean Catholic Center of Anaheim and other Korean Catholic centers have seen their pews fill up in recent years, aided by a surge in immigration to affluent Orange County and a steady stream of converts who come to the faith after settling.

The center, which once held Mass in a former storage room, now has more than 5,000 congregants and is moving into a spacious $10 million church in the suburbs southeast of Los Angeles.

The growing congregation includes Koreans new to the faith seeking a connection with others who share their language and culture.