Roman Catholic Diocese of Chunchon

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Diocese of Chuncheon

Dioecesis Chuncheonensis

춘천 교구
Country South Korea
Ecclesiastical provinceSeoul
Area17,000 km2 (6,600 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
73,366 (6.2%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established25 April 1939 (80 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Chuncheon
Current leadership
BishopLucas Kim Woon-hoe
Metropolitan ArchbishopAndrew Yeom Soo-jung
Bishops emeritusJohn Chang-yik Bishop Emeritus (1994-2010)
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Website of the Diocese

The Diocese of Chunchon (also romanized Chuncheon and Ch’unch’on, Latin: Dioecesis Chuncheonensis) is a particular church of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in South Korea. A suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Seoul, it has ecclesiastic authority over the administrative province of Gangwon-do.

Its cathedral episcopal see mother church is Jungnim-dong Cathedral in Chuncheon.


The jurisdiction was erected on April 25, 1939 as a missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction on territory split off from the Apostolic Vicariate of Seoul under the name Apostolic Prefecture of Shunsen, the city's name during the period of Japanese rule of Korea.

It was renamed the Apostolic Prefecture of Chunchon on July 16, 1950 and made an Apostolic vicariate on September 20, 1955.

It was elevated to diocesan status on March 10, 1962.[1][2]

On 22 March 1965, it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Wonju 원주

List of bishops[edit]



  1. ^ "Diocese of Ch'unch'on". Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Chuncheon". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2014-02-12.

External links[edit]

  • (in Korean) [1]

Coordinates: 37°52′00″N 127°43′59″E / 37.8667°N 127.7330°E / 37.8667; 127.7330