Fr Peter Chung, new auxiliary bishop of Seoul.
The Holy Father has appointed Fr Peter Chung OCD as the new Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese of Seoul. At present, Fr Peter, 52 years old, is the Order's VI General Definitor and is in charge of Asia and East Oceania.
Fr Peter Chung was born in Seoul in 1961. He entered the novitiate of the Korean Province of the Discalced Carmelites in 1987, making his first profession the following year in February 1988. He made his solemn profession in 1992 and was ordained priest on 16th July the same year.
The Archdiocese of Seoul, which is considered the first in South Korea, currently has nearly a million and a half baptized. In addition, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Pyongyang in North Korea.
Fr Peter will be the fifth auxiliary bishop in the history of the Archdiocese and replaces in office Bishop Basil Cho Kyu-man. The present Archbishop of Seoul is Monsignor Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung.
Our General, Fr Saverio Cannistrà, has described the news as a great joy for the Order, which should feel proud to offer this assistance, in the person of Fr Peter, to the Church established in Korea, although his fraternal presence in the General House and his generous dedication to work as a Definitor will be missed. Fr General also invites all the OCD and OCDS brothers and sisters, as well as the members of the Teresian family, to pray particularly for Fr Peter and the Catholics of Korea.