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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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Diocese of Cheju

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Bishop Pius Chang-woo Moon
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Bishop Pius Chang-woo Moon
Diocesan Office,
14 Gwandeok-ro 8-gil,
Jeju-si, Jeju-do 63168, Korea

Phone: (064)751-0145/6/7; 753-7672
Fax :756-5531
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Pius Moon Chang-woo was born on March 15, 1963, in Cheju. He did philosophical and theological studies at the major seminary of Gwangju, receiving a master’s degree in theology (1994-1996).

He was ordained priest on Feb. 10, 1996, for the diocese of Cheju.

Since priestly ordination he has held the following offices: vicar of the Seomoon Parish (1996-1997), vicar of the Chungang Parish (1997-1998); pastor of the Choongmoon Parish (1998-1999); director of the diocesan office for youth and education and of the Diocesan Students’ Association, director of the Office for Catechesis and Migrants (1999-2006); lecturer and spiritual father of the Catholic University of Gwangju (2006-2016); studies for doctorate (2010-2015) and head of the Shinsong Girls’ Middle School (since 2016).

On Nov. 22, 2020, Bishop Pius Moon Chang-woo succeeded as Bishop of Cheju.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Peter U-il Kang (15 Jul 2002 Appointed - 22 Nov 2020 Retired)
  • Bishop Paul Kim Tchang-ryeol, D.D (1983 - 2002)
  • Bishop Michael Park Jeong-il, D.D (1977 - 1982)
  • Bishop Harold Henry, S.S.C., LL.D., D.D (1971 - 1976)

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