Juba, 08 April, 2021 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Charity Foundation for African Catholic Mission, which was set up in memory of the late Salesian Cleric, Fr. John Tae Seok Lee, has awarded scholarships to medical students studying in the South Sudanese public universities.
A native of South Korea, the late Fr. Lee who had served as an army medical surgeon before joining the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) was sent to South Sudan in June 2001. His nine-year apostolate at Don Bosco Tonj Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek left a lasting mark on the South Sudanese through his services as a Priest, a medical doctor, an educationist, and an accomplished musician, among other professional titles.
He was diagnosed with late-stage colorectal cancer and succumbed to the disease on 14 January 2010 at St. Mary’s hospital in Seoul aged 47, leaving behind a legacy of schools, wells, farm products, medical clinic, brass band, liturgical celebrations, and unwavering service to the sick in the community.
Speaking to ACI Africa on the sideline of the launch of the scholarship awards at the University of Juba Tuesday, April 6, Kim Kee Choon, the Country Director of the foundation said, “We are supporting students who want to become medical doctors like our founder, the late Dr. John Lee Tae Seok.”