Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gwangju

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Archdiocese of Gwangju

Archidioecesis Kvangiuensis

광주대교구
Archdiocese of Gwangju.jpg
Location
Country South Korea
TerritoryGwangju, South Jeolla Province
Ecclesiastical provinceGwangju
Statistics
Area12,596 km2 (4,863 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2017)
3,360,194
362,923 (10.8%)
Parishes140
Information
DenominationCatholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedApril 13, 1937
(as Apostolic prefecture)
March 10, 1962
(as Archdiocese)
CathedralIm-dong Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Co-cathedralBuk-dong Cathedral
Patron saintAnselm of Canterbury
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
ArchbishopHyginus Kim Hee-jong
Auxiliary BishopsSimon Ok Hyun-jin
Bishops emeritusAndreas Choi Chang-mou
Victorinus Youn Kong-hi
Map
Archdiocese of Gwangju.svg
Website
gjcatholic.or.kr

The Catholic Archdiocese of Gwangju (Latin: Archidioecesis Kvangiuensis, Hangul: 천주교 광주대교구) 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.

History[edit]

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.[1][2]

Leadership[edit]

Ordinaries[edit]

Apostolic Prefects of Kwangju[edit]

Apostolic Vicars of Kwangju[edit]

  • Harold William Henry (1957–1962)

Archbishops of Gwangju[edit]

Coadjutor Archbishops[edit]

  • Andreas Choi Chang-mou (1999–2000)
  • Hyginus Kim Hee-jong (2009–2010)

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

  • Andreas Choi Chang-mou (1994–1999)
  • Hyginus Kim Hee-jong (2003–2009)
  • Simon Ok Hyun-jin (2011–present)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Kwangju". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Gwangju 광주". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Simon Ok Hyun-jjn" retrieved November 7, 2015

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°09′00″N 126°54′00″E / 35.1500°N 126.9000°E / 35.1500; 126.9000