Juba, 09 April, 2021 / 5:55 pm (ACI Africa).
South Sudan’s Presidential Envoy and the country’s former minister of Foreign Affairs have urged the Ministry of Higher Education to revive the construction project of a hospital in memory of Fr. John Tae Seok Lee.
A member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Fr. Lee’s nine-year apostolate at Don Bosco Tonj Parish of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek won the hearts of many. The native of South Korea offered services as a Priest, a medical doctor, an educationist, and an accomplished musician, among other professional abilities.
Fr. Lee was diagnosed with late-stage colorectal cancer and succumbed to the disease on 14 January 2010 in Seoul aged 47, leaving behind a legacy of schools, wells, farm products, medical clinic, and a brass band at the Don Bosco Tonj mission.
South Sudan’s Presidential Envoy Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin recalled that plans had been in place to construct the 600-bed hospital in the East-Central African nation in memory of the Cleric who paid keen attention to mentoring young people in the field of medicine.
Dr. Marial addressed the Education Minister who graced the scholarship award ceremony by Fr. John Lee Foundation, which was set up in memory of the late Salesian Cleric in Juba University on Tuesday, April 6.