Founder Fr. John Oh

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  • Brief Personal History of Fr. John Oh

    • Fr. John Oh was born as a third child out of six into a poor farming family on March 22, 1944. Despite poverty, his father (Oh, Duk-man ) and mother (Yang, Yook-soon) did not complain the hard reality. Instead, they devoted to child-rearing and encouraged sons and daughters to complete anything they started whatever it was. Their teaching helped children breed patience and resilience. Fr. Oh also has been strongly influenced by the parent teaching.

    • As a young boy, he experienced the Korean War and saw many people starving to death before his eyes. Such tragedy got him to be determined to become a politician to help out the poor people. Later, however, Fr. Oh changed his mind to become a priest as he thought that a priest could do more to help those in need.

    • On May 3, 1976, Fr. John Oh was ordained by Bishop Nicholas Cheong, Jin-suk who was the then head of the Diocese of Cheonju. On Aug 20 of the same year, he became the pastor of Mugeuk Catholic Church located in Eumsung (in the vicinity of Kkottongnae).

    • On Sep 12, 1976, Fr. Oh encountered an elderly beggar by the name of Choi, Gui-dong. The elderly beggar lived under a bridge. Choi, himself in poor health condition, was feeding other homeless people even in worse condition than Choi. It was awakening moment for Fr. Oh. He realized that even if you have only the strength to beg for food, it is even God’s grace. All money Fr. Oh got was only about a dollar. He started building a shelter with five rooms and five kitchens and called it House of Love. On Nov 15, 1976 the sick homeless under the bridge moved to the shelter from which Kkottongnae originated.

    • Currently Fr. John Oh is the Chairman of Kkottongnae of Jesus Foundation. 

 

  • Award History

    • 2009 National Social Welfare Meeting for Advancement Main Prize (Korea Social Welfare Association)

    • 2003 Yoo Il-han Prize (Yoo Han Foundation)

    • 2000 Korean of the Year Award (Allianz Life Insurance Company)

    • 1996 Person of the Year Award in North Chung-cheong Province (North Chung-cheong Province)

    • 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Award (Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation in the Philippines)

    • 1991 Medal of the Nation (Korean Government) 

    • 1987 Inchon Prize (Dong-A Newspapers, Inchon Memorial)

    • 1984 MBC Munwha Citizen Award (MBC local broadcast)

 

  • Education and Honorary Degree

    • 2002 Honorary doctor of philosophy from Daegu University

    • 1992 Honorary doctor of literature from Sogang University

    • 1976 Graduation from Graduate School of Gwangju Catholic University

    • 1974 Graduation from Gwangju Catholic University

 

  • Past Record

    • 2006 Establishing Kkottongnae of Jesus Foundation and taking office as the chairman of the foundation

    • 2000 Building Kkottongnae University as well as kindergarten and elementary school for special education

    • 1999 The first president of Kkottongnae University

    • 1996 Establishing Kkottongnae Training Institute of Love (place to teach love)

    • 1992 Gapyong Kkottongnae establishment

    • 1981 Organizing Kkottongnae membership

    • 1979 Establishment of the Congregation of Kkottongnae Brothers and Sisters of Jesus

    • 1976 Foundation of Kkottongnae (Eumsung in southern part of Korea) Ordination as a priest and pastor of                    Mugeuk  Catholic Church