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Cardinal Cheong

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 Timothy Gyoung-chon Yu
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Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Gyoung-chon Yu
Archbishop's House,
Chung-gu Myong-dong 2-ga,
Seoul 100-809, Korea

Phone: (02)727-2021
Fax :773-1947
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon was born on September 4, 1962, in Jung-gu, Jungrim-dong, in Seoul archdiocese. He began his studies at the Catholic University of Seoul (major Seminary) and obtained a BA in theology (1981-1987). He continued his theological studies at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany, obtaining a licentiate in theology (1988-1992).

He was ordained priest on Jan. 30, 1992, for the archdiocese of Seoul and assumed several pastoral and academic roles: During 1992-1998 he studied in Germany (Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt) for a doctorate in moral theology. He was also professor at the Catholic University of Seoul (major Seminary) since 2008 and director of the Institute for Integral Pastoral Ministry in the archdiocese.

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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