On 14 March 2009 the Diamond Jubilee of the Profession of Sister Philomena O’Sullivan was celebrated in the Central House of the Columban Sisters in Seoul. Sisters, priests, seminarians, lay missionaries, friends and co-workers of Sister Philomena gathered for the occasion. The Eucharist was celebrated by Father Michael O’Grady, SSC while the music and singing was provided by Columban sisters, novices and postulants. Through a shared homily Sisters and friends shared their experiences of living and working with Sister Philomena. Some had known her since 1955 when she first arrived in Chuncheon. The celebrations and sharing continued during the delicious meal which followed.
Born in Mallow, Co. Cork, Sister Philomena left Ireland for Korea in June 1955 with Sister Mary David Mannion. They were the second group of Sisters to arrive, the first group having arrived in January of that year. Sister Philomena spent six months in Mokpo before moving to Chuncheon where she became a friend of the sick poor and the disadvantaged.