The Sisters of Mary programmes in South Korea

In 1964, Fr Aloysius Schwartz founded the Sisters of Mary in Busan, South Korea to serve the poorest children in the country. Providing education and care for the most vulnerable children in the community, this programme is the foundation for the charitable work of the Sisters of Mary and their international poverty relief and education programmes now in the Philippines, Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras and Tanzania.

The Busan programme later expanded into the provision of Kindergarten and elementary schools for the most vulnerable children in Seoul. 

The facilities in Seoul were returned to state provision at the end of the contract in 2019 and the Sisters now maintain the following charitable activities in Busan, although these are not supported by funds from World Villages for Children.

Busan facilities overiew

  • Boystown and Girlstown  - Middle and High school buildings for full time care and schooling for boys and girls who are abandoned or orphaned.
  • Aloysius Healing Centre -  Accepts students with emotional and behavioural problems for consultation and counselling.
  • Maria Village of the Homeless -Centre for the provision of care and accommodation for homeless and less able men and women of the local community.
  • Expectant Mothers Home - Centre for residential care for single mothers.
  • Aloysius Hospital - Provides medical and nursing services for migrant workers and the poor who have no access to state support.
Quick Facts

The Sisters of Mary - Girlstown & Boystown in Busan
7-62 Amnamdong, Seoku
Busan, South Korea 602-030

Opened in 1964

Archives photos retrace the history of our mission, from its very roots in Korea, back in the 1960's.