Rev. Mr. Cheeyoon Chun
Year in Formation
Holy Korean Martyrs (Westminster)
Favorite Book Genre
I was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to Orange County when I was 5. I have one younger sister who is also in religious life as a nun. I went to Fountain Valley High School and later attended the Washington State University where I majored in Fine Arts. I later went on to receive my Masters Degree in Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. I then worked in that sector for a few years prior to entering into the seminary.
What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?
I was well on my way to accomplish and live out my worldly goals and aspirations, but I felt there was something missing in my life. The priesthood had been on my conscience ever since high school and I couldn't seem to stop this inclination to be a priest. Even the slightest thought of being a priest brings me joy and peace. I want to live and strive to be holy as a saint.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
My family has largely been my main contributors in my discernment to the priesthood. My parents and my sister are faithful servants of God and has shown me God's love through their care and prayer. The families and friends at my parish has also inspired me to persue this vocation. My experience of stewardship towards KMCC has brought me so much joy.
Describe the moment that you knew you wanted to take the next steps to become a priest?
As I was working my way up to be that ideal architect that I had always dreamed of, I began to contemplate on my life and my sole existence on this earth. I felt my ambitions and aspirations were all about myself and making money. I asked myself. what do I want my legacy to be here on earth? Would designing buildings be sufficient enough for me to live a fulfilling life? Buildings do last for a long time but they are still temporary, like many things earthly things. Then I thought of a life of a priest. Priest are like architects, in the sense that they are builders. instead of building skyscrapers or homes they are builders of God's Kingdom. God's Kingdom is forever, eternal. I have come to realize that this life here on earth is short, I want to use my time here to be spent in worthy of God.