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New bishop appointed to South Korean diocese

Bishop-elect John Kim Son-tae will lead Jeonju Diocese, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year

New bishop appointed to South Korean diocese

Bishop-elect John Kim Son-tae will lead Jeonju Diocese in South Korea. (Photo supplied)

ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
South Korea

March 17, 2017

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Father John Kim Son-tae has been appointed to lead South Korea's Jeonju Diocese as its eighth bishop.

The Apostolic Nunciature in Korea announced March 14 that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Vincent Ri Pyung-ho of Jeonju and appointed Father Kim as his successor.

Because of his knowledge, personality and pastoral experience, Bishop-elect Kim has enjoyed strong trust among diocesan priests and the laity.

Born on Sept. 15, 1961, Bishop-elect Kim graduated from Kwangju Catholic University and was ordained priest on Jan. 20, 1989 for Jeonju. He studied theology at Fribourg University in Switzerland from 1991 to 1997 and obtained a doctoral degree on fundamental theology.

Bishop-elect Kim served as director for Jeonju Catholic Catechism Institute from 2001 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2009. In addition, he was parish priest for several parishes including Solnae, Hwasandong, Yeonjidong and Samchendong churches.

Jeonju Diocese celebrates its 80th anniversary April 13.

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