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New bishop installed in South Korea's Jeonju Diocese

Bishop John Kim Son-tae said he would rely on his priests and the prayers of the laity

New bishop installed in South Korea's Jeonju Diocese

Bishop John Kim Son-tae takes his seat during his installation Mass held at Gunsan's Woelmyeong Gymnasium on May 13. (Photo by The Catholic Times of Korea)

May 18, 2017

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South Korea's Jeonju Diocese celebrated the consecration Mass of Bishop John Kim Son-tae who was installed as the eighth bishop of the diocese on May 13.

The Mass was presided over by Bishop Vincent Ri Pyung-ho, the outgoing bishop of Jeonju. Among the 4,000 Catholics attending was Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul and Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea and Jeonju diocesan priests.

At the event, Bishop Kim said, "Without the cooperation of the diocesan priests, I cannot fulfill my duty so I'll try to be with the priests and I am ready to sacrifice myself for them."

"The prayers of the faithful gives me strength, courage and consolation. Without their prayers, our diocese will lose its way. I also rely on Jesus Christ and live my life loving Him," he added.

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

Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Jeonju on March 14.

Before his appointment, Bishop Kim served as director for Jeonju Catholic Catechism Institute from 2001 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2009. He also served as priest in several parishes including Solnae, Hwasandong, Yeonjidong and Samchendong.

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