Father Daniel Kim, M.M. says his impetus to become a missionary priest grew out of a tragedy. Kim was at a Taizé
prayer service in France when a murder took place before
his eyes. The founder of the Taizé ecumenical monastic
movement in France, Brother Roger, was stabbed to death
by a mentally ill woman in 2005. This event had a tremendous impact on Kim and on his faith. Not long after, he met
a Maryknoll priest and began the move toward priesthood.
Today he serves at a Maryknoll mission in Hong Kong.
A jolt, then a call
FATHER DANIEL KIM, M.M.
While growing up, did you
think you might become a
religious, or did you have a
Through my maternal side, I am a
third-generation Roman Catholic so
the prospect of becoming a priest
was always, let’s say, in the air.
How did your family and
friends respond when you
told them you were joining
a religious community?
I was voted “most shy” in my high
school in San Jose, California. Public
speaking was (and still is to some
degree) something that I wanted to
avoid like the plague. But God definitely has a sense of humor to put
me in a vocation where public speaking is a critical component. So my
family was thrilled but my friends
and classmates were in disbelief.
Ever had any nicknames?
Ha ha! Yes, but I don’t think it’ll be
appropriate to publish them.
What’s your favorite part
of your current ministry?
Learning a new language. Cantonese
will be my fourth one. In order of
proficiency: I speak English, Korean,
Mandarin, and some Cantonese.
Your favorite way to pray?
Along with praying the breviary, my
favorite way to pray leans toward a
contemplative style. I’m naturally
introverted, so I do enjoy quiet time
Any words of wisdom
for those considering
If you have even the tiniest interest
in checking out religious life, don’t be
afraid to honor that inclination! You
do not become a priest, brother, or
sister overnight, and this process is a
path paved with many little decisions.
Whether you end up as a religious,
the experience will enrich your life—
no matter where God’s call takes you!
COUR TES Y OF THE MARYKNOLL FATHERS AND BROTHERS