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Peter Chung Soon-taick

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend

Peter Chung Soon-taick
정순택 베드로
鄭淳澤 베드로

Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul
Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang
Native name
정순택 베드로
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed28 October 2021
Installed8 December 2021
PredecessorAndrew Yeom Soo-jung
Ordination16 July 1992
by Stephen Kim Sou-hwan
Consecration5 February 2014
by Andrew Yeom Soo-jung
Personal details
Chung Soon-taick

(1961-08-05) 5 August 1961 (age 62)
NationalitySouth Korean
Motto하느님 아버지, 어머니 교회
(Haneunim abeoji, eomeoni gyohoe)
Deus Pater, Mater Ecclesia
God the Father, Mother Church
Coat of armsPeter Chung Soon-taick 정순택 베드로 鄭淳澤 베드로's coat of arms
Styles of
Peter Chung Soon-taick
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Peter Chung Soon-taick[1] OCD (Korean정순택 베드로; Hanja鄭淳澤; born 5 August 1961) is a South Korean prelate of the Catholic Church. Since December 2021, he has been the Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang.[2]


Early life[edit]

Chung was born on 5 August 1961 in Daegu, South Korea. In 1983 he began his studies in the Department of Industrial Chemistry at Seoul National University's College of Engineering, earning his degree in 1986. He studied at the Songsin Theological Campus of the Catholic University of Korea. He entered the novitiate of the Order of Discalced Carmelites of Korea from 1986 to 1992. On 25 January 1992, he took his perpetual vows.[3]


Chung was ordained a Carmelite priest on 16 July 1992. He then earned a master's degree in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Provincial Definitor of the Order of Discalced Carmelites of Korea and Vice-master of Incheon monastery and from 2008 to 2009, he served as the first Definitor of the Order of Discalced Carmelites of Korea and served as the Definitor General of the Order of Discalced Carmelites in Rome for the Far East and Oceania from 2009 to 2013.


On 30 December 2013, Pope Francis appointed him an Auxiliary Bishop of Seoul and titular bishop of Tamazuca.[3] He was consecrated with Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon on 5 February 2014 in the Changcheon-dong Stadium, Seoul, by Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, assisted by Basil Cho Kyu-man, Vicar General of Seoul, and Linus Lee Seong-hyo, Auxiliary Bishop of Suwon. He chose as his episcopal motto: Deus Pater, Mater Ecclesia, meaning "God the Father, Mother Church" (Korean: 하느님 아버지, 어머니 교회).


On 28 October 2021, Pope Francis appointed him Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul to succeed Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung.[4] Chung was installed at the Myeongdong Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December 2021.



  1. ^ "Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-Taick, OCD, D.D." Bishops Conference of Korea. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  2. ^ Kim Jong-mok (2021-10-28). "프란치스코 교황 서울대교구장에 정순택 주교 임명" (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  3. ^ a b "Rinunce e Nomine, 30.12.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 28.10.2021" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 28 October 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2023.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Titular Bishop of Tamazuca
30 December 2013 – 28 October 2021
Succeeded by
Subroto Boniface Gomes
Preceded by Archbishop of Seoul
28 October 2021 – present
Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang
28 October 2021 – present