In October 1981, seven Korean families attended a Korean-language Mass at Holy Trinity Church in Colorado
Springs. In 1982, Father Peter Ryui, a student at Regis University in Denver, came every other month to
celebrate Mass with the Korean community. From January 1983 to August 1984 Father Benito Suh, a Korean
Benedictine, began celebrating Mass every Sunday afternoon.
In April 1985, Father Raymond Lee, a priest from the Diocese of Punsan, Korea, arrived to celebrate Mass with
the community until August 1986. From April until August 1987 Father James Chang was temporarily assigned
to celebrate Mass with the growing Korean Catholic Community in Colorado Springs. In December 1987 Father
Phillip Kim from the Diocese of Masan, Korea, was formally appointed to the community by Bishop Michael Park,
a first in the history of the community.
Father Kim was in Colorado Springs until October 1988, when Father Peter Heo arrived. In May 1996
Father Adriano Lee Jae Chul was assigned pastor. In March 1997 a new main church building was completed,
and the following month, the Korean Community of Colorado Springs was officially given the name of
St. Andrew Kim by Bishop Richard C. Hanifen.
Jesuit priest Father Bergman Lee Yong Woo came to the community as pastor in September 1997. The new
church building was dedicated in May 1998. Father Mathew Koh Young Hwan, on sabbatical from Dae Chon Par-
ish in Korea, was assigned pastor from March to November 2001.
Father Michael Kang began saying Sunday Mass at St. Andrew Kim in November 2001 and was assigned
parochial vicar in August 2002. In March 2003 he became the pastor. In January 2005 ground was broken on a
new parish hall. Bishop Michael J. Sheridan blessed the new hall on Sept. 10, 2006. Father Dong-Ho Chae was
named pastor on Jan. 21, 2007, followed by Rev. Ju Hong (Joseph) Jeon on Jan. 10, 2012.