A Korea under Japanese occupation was the setting in which Myung Soon (Monica) Kim was born to Ik Ro and Soon Ock (Lawrence and Monica) Kim.
Sister Monica, the third child of four, was born on May 13, 1929, in Yungyou, located in present-day North Korea. Life during the occupation, which lasted from 1910 to 1945, was difficult; Sister Monica wrote in her autobiography that the Japanese forced Koreans to adopt Japanese surnames and, during World War II, took everything from church bells to people’s brass rice and soup bowls and silver utensils in order to make munitions.
After the war ended, freedom was short-lived as in 1948 the country was divided into North and South Korea. The Kims were very unhappy living under Communist rule, and Lawrence gave Monica permission to leave for South Korea when her cousins were ready to go. The entire family was eventually able to escape to the South and settled in Seoul, where Sister Monica enrolled in night classes at Soo-do Junior College.
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I did not have Sr George Monica at St Gemma’s School In Detroit Mi. as a teacher. However would see her flit in the hallways here and there. Her rosary went about as fast as she did. She was quite educated which was kind of unheard of back in the day. Know she will be in great company with those who went before her to her Heavenly Home.
Sr. Monica was my 6th and 7th grade teacher at St. Gemma school in Detroit MI. I remember her as one of my favorite instructors. She was also a valued friend of my mother. I was surprised to learn here that she has a surviving sister who lives about 12 miles from where I now live in Poulsbo, WA.May her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace!
What beautiful pictures of Sr. Monica! Stunning!
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