Sister Yoo Soo Kim


Sister Yoo Soo Kim

Current Ministry Location: Kailua, Hawaii

Sister Yoo Soo Kim was born February 12th, 1953 in Ko Chang, South Korea, to Jun Bok (Lee) Kim and Young mook Kim. She was the youngest of 5 girls and 2 boys. Sister Yoo Soo graduated from Salesian High School in Korea in 1971. In 1975, she graduated from Chosen University with a degree in Fine Arts and began her career as a public school art teacher. Sister Yoo Soo also worked on the diocesan team of the Better World Movement.

Sister Yoo Soo entered the Congregation from the Maryknoll Sisters Initial Orientation Program March 1st, 1982 in Seoul, South Korea. She arrived at Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY in 1983 to continue her preparation to become a Maryknoll Sister. She pronounced First Vows May 26th, 1985 at the Sisters Center in NY and Final Vows May 21st, 1994 in Hawaii.

Sister Yoo Soo was assigned to the Central Pacific Region in 1985 but had to wait in Korea for more than a year to get her visa for Hawaii. In Hawaii, Sister Yoo Soo has taught Sacred Dance at Chaminade University in Honolulu. Besides Sacred Dance her art includes photography, oil painting, traditional Korean paper cutting, water colors, ceramics, flower arranging and the Korean tea ceremony. Her art work has been exhibited by the Korean Art Association of Hawaii.

In November, 1991, women leaders from South Korea, North Korea and Japan planned together the Seminar on Peace in Asia and Women’s Role, hosted by Korean Women’s Associations United. It was the first south-north women’s meeting since the division in 1945. Sister Yoo Soo represented the Maryknoll Sisters at this meeting. She continues to carry on this work in Hawaii and Asia.