The Word Among Us

November 2017 Issue

Caring for God’s VIPs

Fr. Aloysius Schwartz left America behind to raise the orphans of Korea.

By: Jem Sullivan

Caring for God’s VIPs: Fr. Aloysius Schwartz left America behind to raise the orphans of Korea. by Jem Sullivan

“If Jesus were to return to earth today as Savior,” wrote a young Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, “if he were to come to Korea, he would choose to begin his life in a shack on the dump site at Nan Ji Do, Seoul.” This image of Jesus—the image of a poor, humble man giving himself for his needy children—encapsulates the life and ministry of Fr. Al, an American priest who was declared venerable by the Church in 2015.

It was clear from his earliest days that Al Schwartz wanted to be a priest. He even won an essay contest writing about the priesthood at his...

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