Foundation of the Congregation of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the “Work of Our Good Mother”: 1935~1965
Retirement to Kal-Pyeong: 1965
Award of “the order of Légion d’honneur” from the French Government
Death in Kal-Pyeong: November 17, 1972
The founder of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus whose name is Louis Deslandes (Korean : Dae Young Nam) was born 13 June 1895, at Saint Hilaire du Harcouet in Normandy in France.
He was the only son. Father Louis was influenced by his mother in having compassion for the poor.On December 23, 1922, he was ordained priest of the Paris Foreign Mission Society and left April 16, 1923 from the Paris, He arrived at Busan by June 5. He took the first steps in South Korea.
He was assigned at the parish of Deagu Archdiocese and Busan Diocese. In 1935, he called together six devoted virgins, who began to lead a communal life. He chose the name for the group and dedicated to call it "Sam Duck Dang"(三德堂) which is the Handmaid of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the present time. After that we took care of old woman and two orphanages and has started social work. In 1946, was officially established a social welfare corporation. In 1950, he was no more assigned the parish work and only dedicated for the congregation which is the Handmaid of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
He was rewarded with medal of honour by Korean Government and award of "the order of Legion d'honneur" from the French government in 1962 and 1969.
Father Louis Deslandes retired in 1965, and moved to the town of Galpyeong. After he moved to there, dedicated for social welfare activities.
On October 24, 1972, the year of 50th anniversary which had ordined as a pries and on November 17, his ages was 77years old, he died and entered the kingdom of God.
"Father Deslandes was not embarrassed and keep his mind related to the Vatican Council II and always keeps " intellectual malnutrition " and in research by himself.
He sits down and arounds the world for the last period of his lifetime in front of the desk and write a letter for sending to the benefactor but sometimes he does not receive a reply , sends it again.
Eventhough he stays small Korean traditional house in Kal-Pyeong, he walks to the Normandy coast, New Zealand, and the coast of California for loving the poor and the most glory of God.
Right here we can see that his missionary is a world-wide activities.
He left inheritance with "Instruments in the hand of the Lord " to the sisters of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in all trust and loving.
Father Louis Deslandes is a sister of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He is not dead but alive in them."
『Missionary of Love, Louis Deslandes』
- The Author, Olivier sibeureu
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