Archbishop Joseph Zhang Xianwang was born into a fervent Catholic family on January 12, 1965, in Pingyang, Zhejiang Province.
Father Zhang entered the Sheshan Seminary in Shanghai, in 1983, and was ordained a priest eight years later, in December 1990, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral (Hongjialou) of Jinan. He has taught at the Holy Spirit Seminary of Shandong, and has served as a pastor in Hanzhuang village in Yucheng County, and at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Jinan, following his ordination. He learned pastoral theology at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium from 1997-1998.
Father Zhang was selected as the coadjutor bishop of Jinan diocese in 2002. Before his death, Bishop James Zhao Ziping of Jinan and another elderly prelate of the diocese, Auxiliary Bishop Samuel Guo Chuanzhen, had entrusted Bishop Zhang to handle the administration of Jinan diocese, as the coadjutor bishop, from April 29, 2004. He was appointed the Archbishop of Jinan on May 19, 2008, following the death of Bishop Zhao. Bishop Zhang is approved by the Vatican and is recognized by the Chinese government.
Bishop Dong Wenlong (1958 Ordained without papal mandate; 1978 Died)
Father John P'ing Ta-kuam, O.F.M (Apostolic Administrator 1952 - 1984)
Archbishop Cyrill Rudolph Jarre, O.F.M (May 18, 1929 Appointed - March 8, 1952 Died)
Bishop Adalberto Schm?cker, O.F.M (Aug. 2, 1920 Appointed - Aug. 8, 1927 Died)
Bishop Joseph Zong Huaide (1917 Born, 1958 Ordained without papal mandate; 1997 Died)
Bishop James Zhao Ziping (1912 Born; April 22, 1988 Ordained - May 18, 2008 Died)
Bishop Ephrem Giesen, O.F.M (July 18, 1902 Appointed - Aug. 6, 1919 Died)
Bishop Pietro Paolo de Marchi, O.F.M (Feb. 13, 1889 Appointed - Aug. 30, 1901 Died)