Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul
|Archdiocese of Seoul
Myeong-dong Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception
|Area||17,349 km2 (6,698 sq mi)|
|(as of 2014)
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Seoul|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Andrew Yeom Sou-jeong|
|Suffragans||Diocese of Chuncheon
Diocese of Daejeon
Diocese of Hamhung
Diocese of Incheon
Diocese of Pyongyang
Diocese of Suwon
Diocese of Uijeongbu
Diocese of Wonju
|Auxiliary Bishops||Basil Cho Kyu-man
Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon
Peter Chung Soon-taek
Benedictus Son Hee-Song
|Emeritus Bishops||Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus (2006-2012)|
|Website of the Archdiocese|
The Archdiocese of Seoul (Latin: Archidioecesis Seulum, Korean: 서울 대교구) is a particular church of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church comprising Seoul, South Korea, whose province comprises parts of South Korea (which has two more provinces) and all North Korea.
Its Metropolitan bishop, the Archbishop of Seoul, has his cathedral episcopal see at Myeongdong Cathedral in Myeongdong, Jung-gu, Seoul. Its other special churches, all in Seoul, are the National Shrine Joeldusan National Shrine of Korean Martyrs, the Shrine of Saenamteo and Shrine: Yakhyeon Church Yakhyeon Church.
The see was erected on September 9, 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI, who created it as a missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction, the Apostolic Vicariate of Corea, on territory split off from the then Diocese of Peking.
It was renamed the Apostolic Vicariate of Seoul on April 8, 1911, when it also lost territory to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Taiku (now the Archdiocese of Daegu).
It lost more territory repeatedly: on 1920.08.05 to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Wonsan, on 1927.03.17 to establish the Apostolic Prefecture of Hpyeng-yang and on 1939.04.25 to establish the Apostolic Prefecture of Shunsen.
It was renamed the Apostolic Vicariate of Seul on 12 July 1950. It lost territories again: on 1958.06.23 to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Cheongju and the Apostolic Vicariate of Daijeon, and again on 1961.06.06 to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Incheon, all three now its suffragans.
It was promoted to Metropolitan Archdiocese on March 10, 1962.
Apostolic Vicars of Korea
- Barthélemy Bruguière, MEP (1831.09.09 – 1835.10.20)
- Laurent-Joseph-Marius Imbert, MEP (1836.04.26 – 1839.09.21)
- Jean J. Ferréol, MEP (1843.08.14 – 1853.02.03)
- Siméon-François Berneux (1854.08.05 – 1866.03.08)
- St. Antoine Daveluy, MEP (1866.03.08 – 1866.03.30)
- Felix Ridel, MEP (1869.04.27 – 1884.06.20)
- Jean M. Blanc, MEP (1884.06.20 – 1890.02.21)
- August Mutel, MEP (1890.09.02 – 1911.04.08)
Apostolic Vicars of Seoul
- Paul Ro Ki-nam (1942.11.10 – 1962.03.10)
Archbishops of Seoul
- Paul Roh Ki-nam (1962.03.10 – 1967.03.23)
- Victor Yoon Gong-hee (1967.03.23 – 1968) (apostolic administrator)
- Stephen Kim Sou-hwan (1968.04.09 – 1998.04.03)
- Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk (3 April 1998 – 2012.05.10)
- Andrew Yeom Sou-jeong (10 May 2012 – )
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Chuncheon 춘천
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Daejeon 대전
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamhung 함흥 (in North Korea)
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Incheon 인천
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Pyongyang 평양 (in North Korea)
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Suwon 수원
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Uijeongbu 의정부
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Wonju 원주
- Peter Kang Woo-il (1 December 2001 – 28 July 2002)
- Andrew Yeom Sou-jeong (2 October 2002 – 10 May 2012)
- Paul Kim Ok-kyun (23 March 1985 – 21 December 1985)
- Peter Kang Woo-il (21 December 1985 – 1 December 2001)
- Andrew Yeom Sou-jeong (1 December 2001 – 2 October 2002)
- Basil Cho Kyu-man (3 January 2006 – ...)
- Peter Chung Soon-taek (5 February 2014 – ...)
- Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon (5 February 2014 – ...)
- "Archdiocese of Seoul". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.