Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gwangju
Archdiocese of Gwangju
|Area||12,596 km2 (4,863 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)|
|Cathedral||Im-dong Cathedral, Gwangju|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Hyginus Kim Hee Jong (김희중 히지노)|
|Suffragans||Diocese of Cheju|
Diocese of Jeonju
|Auxiliary Bishops||Simon Ok Hyun-jin (옥현진 시몬)|
|Bishops emeritus||Andrew Choi Chang-mu Archbishop Emeritus (2000-2010)|
Victorinus Youn Kong-hi Archbishop Emeritus (1973-2000)
|Website of the Archdiocese|
The Catholic Archdiocese of Gwangju (Latin: Archidioecesis Kvangiuensis) is a particular church of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, one of the three Metropolitan sees of the Catholic Church in Korea. The Archdiocese covers the city of Gwangju and entire Chollanamdo province.
On 13 April 1937 Pope Pius XI established the Prefecture Apostolic of Kwoszu. Pope Pius XII changed its name to the Prefecture Apostolic of Kwangju on 12 July 1950. It was elevated to a Vicariate Apostolic on 21 January 1957. Pope John XXIII elevated the vicariate to an archdiocese on 10 March 1962.
The following is a list of the vicars and then the archbishops of Gwangju:
- Monsignor Owen McPolin (1937–1942)
- Monsignor A. Wakata (1942–1945)
- Monsignor Owen McPolin (1945–1947)
- Monsignor Patrick Thomas Brennan (1947–1950)
- Archbishop Harold William Henry (1962–1971)
- Archbishop Peter Gong-ryul Han (1971–1973)
- Archbishop Victorinus Youn Kong-hi (1973–2000)
- Archbishop Andrew Choi Chang-mu (2000–2010)
- Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-Jong (2010-); had served as Auxiliary Bishop, then as Coadjutor Archbishop from 2009-2010. He is assisted by Auxiliary Bishop Simon Ok Hyun-jin, who was appointed in May 2011 and who had been serving as a priest of the archdiocese since his 1994 ordination, and who served as a professor of the Catholic University of Gwangju.