Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul

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Archdiocese of Seoul

Archidioecesis Seulensis

Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Mother church)
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Country South Korea
TerritorySeoul, Hwanghae Province
Ecclesiastical provinceSeoul
Area17,349 km2 (6,698 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2017)
1,030,862[2] (15.07%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedSeptember 9, 1831
(as Apostolic Vicariate)
March 10, 1962
(as Archdiocese)
CathedralCathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Seoul
Patron saintBlessed Virgin Mary
Current leadership
ArchbishopAndrew Yeom Sou-jeong
Auxiliary BishopsBasil Cho Kyu-man
Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon
Peter Chung Soon-taek
Benedictus Son Hee-Song
Job Koo Yobi
Bishops emeritusNicolas Cheong Jin-suk Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus (2006-2012)
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul (Latin: Archidioecesis 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. As the episcopal see is the oldest one in Korea and that of its capital city, he is often considered to be so called the Primate of Korea, though the official title has not been expressly granted by the Holy See by canonical decree.

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 current time.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,472,815 Catholics (14.5% of 10,143,645 total) on 17,349 km² in 229 parishes and 183 missions with 908 priests (683 diocesan, 225 religious), 2,282 religious (445 brothers, 1,837 sisters) and 266 seminarians.

List of territorial losses[edit]

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]


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  3. ^ "Archdiocese of Seoul".

Sources and external links[edit]

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