In 1964, Fr. Aloysius Schwartz founded the Sisters of Mary in Busan, Korea to serve the poorest of the poor.
Adopting the Virgin of the Poor as the group’s patroness, the Sisters of Mary fulfill in their own little way the Virgin of the Poor’s message of relieving the suffering of the poor by establishing child welfare programmes like Boystown and Girlstown Schools, setting up medical service to the sick, and providing shelter for the homeless and handicapped.
All charity programs in South Korea were established well before the death of our founder Father Al.
In Seoul, the Sisters of Mary operated a kindergarten and an elementary school up until 2019 when they withdrew from Seoul, while in Busan, they still maintain a kindergarten, middle and high schools. These live-in schools are for abandoned and orphaned children. In addition, the Sisters of Mary provide help to the poor and the needy in their hospitals and homes.
Girlstown & Boystown - Seoul
The Sisters of Mary
42-5 Eungamdong, Eunpyongku
Seoul, Korea 122-011
Opened in 1964
Closed in 2019
Our Babies' Home takes care of little ones from the day they were born.
Our Girlstown students celebrate Korea's traditional Thanksgiving Day.