[My grandmother] was born…on the island of [Jeju]…On older maps, the island appears under the name of Quellepart [Quelpart]. The [name] originated with the arrival of a group of French missionaries, who asked everyone they saw “en quelle partie,” in which part, of Korea they had landed.”
Kang Chol-Hwan, “The Aquariums of Pyongyang”
A little over five years ago, I moved to Jeju Island, South Korea on a year-long Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. The little island, about half the size of Kentucky, sparked the beginning of my life in and conversion to Roman Catholicism. In short, I was a Protestant curious about the Catholic faith. For years, I had marveled at my Catholic friends and peers, yearning for the liturgical life. From my first day on the island, in what I believe was a divine appointment, I was placed to live with a Korean family whose mother was Catholic. You can read more about my experience over at The Young Catholic Woman.
Now, as a convert to Catholicism, I am passionate about sharing the Faith and the Good News of Jesus Christ. (The more you read, you’ll also find that I love writing about books and travel, too). Hopefully, this blog will encourage you and help you find your way to faith in the Gospel.
Finally, for readers who are not familiar with me, I’m Sarah.
I am a 2012 (BA: English/Education) and 2015 (MA: Education/English as a Second Language; 2016 Endorsement in Gifted Education) graduate of Georgetown College. I was a 2012-2013 Fulbright English Assistant to South Korea. For my day job, I am a gifted education resource teacher and district coordinator in the Bluegrass State. When not teaching, I travel regularly and read. Last but not least, I’m engaged to a Shanghainese New Yorker. Together, we enjoy attending Mass, eating soup dumplings, and staying out too late while occupying every Long Island Starbucks.
This blog is consecrated to Jesus Christ. May His mother, under the title of Our Lady of China, pray for us!