Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul

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Metropolitan Archdiocese of Seoul

Archidioecesis Metropolitae Seulensis

Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Mother church)
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Coat of arms
Country South Korea
TerritorySeoul and Hwanghae
Ecclesiastical provinceSeoul
Area17,349 km2 (6,698 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2021)
1,534,887 (15.7%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established9 September 1831
(as Apostolic Vicariate)
10 March 1962
(as Archdiocese)
CathedralCathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Seoul
Patron saintBlessed Virgin Mary
Secular priests954
Current leadership
ArchbishopPeter Chung Soon-taick
Metropolitan ArchbishopPeter Chung Soon-taick
Auxiliary BishopsTimothy Yu Gyoung-chon
Benedictus Son Hee-song
Job Koo Yobi
Bishops emeritusCardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung
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The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Seoul (Latin: Archidioecesis Metropolitae Seulensis, Korean: 서울대교구) is a Metropolitan archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church comprising the metropolitan area of Seoul, South Korea, whose province comprises parts of South Korea (which has two more provinces) and all North Korea, yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its Metropolitan bishop as the Archbishop of Seoul resides at his Myeongdong Cathedral in Jung-gu, Seoul. The Archbishop of Seoul is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Pyongyang in North Korea.

There are 57 Catholic secretly active parishes in North Korea, but due to the current regime in place, no Catholic priests are permitted permanent residency at the present time.


As of 2020, it pastorally served 1,534,887 Catholics (15.7% of 9,765,869 total) on 17,349 km2 in 232 parishes with 954 priests.[1]

List of territorial losses[edit]

Pope Leo XIII was the first to approve to separate the community from the control of diocese of Beijing and assigned priests from the Paris Foreign Missions Society but never went due to the Anti-Christian sentiment and persecutions during that time.

The diocese has received two official Papal visits from Pope John Paul II in May 1984 and October 1989 and from Pope Francis in August 2014.

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

The Metropolitan's ecclesiastical province comprises his own Archdiocese and the following suffragan bishoprics, mostly in South Korea :



Apostolic Vicars of Korea[edit]

Apostolic Vicars of Seoul[edit]

Archbishops of Seoul[edit]

Coadjutor Bishops[edit]

  • Jean-Joseph-Jean-Baptiste Ferréol, M.E.P. (1838–1843)
  • Saint Siméon-François Berneux, M.E.P. (1844–1854)
  • Saint Antoine-Marie-Nicolas Daveluy, M.E.P. (1855–1866)
  • Marie-Jean-Gustave Blanc, M.E.P. (1877–1884)
  • Émile-Alexandre-Joseph Devred, M.E.P. (1920–1926), never succeeded to see
  • Adrien-Joseph Larribeau, M.E.P. (1926–1933)

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "천주교 서울대교구>교구현황". (in Korean). Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul. Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Seoul".
  3. ^ Yang Jeong-woo (2021-10-28). "서울대교구장 내려놓는 염수정 "과분한 은총의 시간이었다"" (in Korean). Yonhapnews. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  4. ^ Kim Jong-mok (2021-10-28). "프란치스코 교황 서울대교구장에 정순택 주교 임명" (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  5. ^ Cho Hyun (2013-12-30). "서울대교구 보좌주교에 유경촌·정순택 신부 임명" (in Korean). The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 2022-09-15.

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Coordinates: 37°33′48″N 126°59′13″E / 37.5633°N 126.9870°E / 37.5633; 126.9870