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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Archdiocese of Seoul

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Auxiliary Bishop Benedictus Hee-Song Son
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Auxiliary Bishop Benedictus Hee-Song Son
Archbishop's House,
74 Myong-dong gil, Jung-gu,
Seoul 100-809, Korea

Phone: (02)727-2024
Fax :773-1947
Email: [email protected]

Rev. Benedictus Son Hee-Song was appointed as the auxiliary bishop of Seoul archdiocese on July 14, 2015.

Bishop Son Hee-Song, was born on Jan. 28, 1957, in Kyenki Yeonchenun Chadari, then in the archdiocese of Seoul and now the diocese of Uijeongbu.

He studied at the Major Seminary of Seoul and was ordained priest on July 4, 1986, for the archdiocese of Seoul. Soon after ordination he left for Innsbruck in Austria, from where he earned a doctorate in theology in 1992.

On returning he served as parish priest at Yongsan and later as professor at the Major Seminary of Seoul and director of the seminary library, head of the Department for Information Technology.

He played important roles in the South Korean bishops' conference serving its various commissions and directing several pastoral departments.

In 2014 when Pope Francis visited South Korea, he headed the Committee for Planning and Coordination for the papal visit.

He served the bishop's Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith for seven years as its secretary general and also representative and member of the Episcopal Commission for the Causes of Beatification and Canonization.

Since 2012, he was also secretary general of the Episcopal Commission for the Lay Apostolate.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung Yeom (10 May 2012 Appointed - 28 Oct 2021 Retired)
  • Bishop Basil Kyu-man Cho (3 Jan 2006 to 31 Mar 2016)
  • Cardinal Nicholas Jin-suk Cheong (1998-2012)
  • Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk (1998-2012)
  • Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, LL.D., D.D (1968-1998)
  • Bishop Victorinus Youn Kong-hi (apostolic administrator), S.T.D., D.D (1967-1968)
  • Archbishop Paul Ro Ki-nam, D.D (1942-1967)
  • Bishop Adrien Larribeau, M.E.P., D.D (1933-1942)
  • Archbishop August Mutel, M.E.P., D.D (1890-933)
  • Bishop Jean M. Blanc, M.E.P., D.D (1884-1890)
  • Bishop Felix Ridel, M.E.P., D.D (1869-1884)
  • Bishop Antoine Dabeluy, M.E.P., D.D (1866-1869)
  • Bishop Simeon Berneux, M.E.P., D.D (1854-1866)
  • Bishop Jean Joseph Ferreol, M.E.P., D.D (1843-1854)
  • Bishop Laurent M. Imbert, M.E.P., D.D (1836-1843)
  • Bishop Barthelemy Bruguiere, M.E.P., D.D (1831-1836)

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