The first is St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, ordained a priest on August 17, 1845, the most recent is Don Kwang-Kyu Gi, who became a priest on September 24, 2016.
Since 1845 (considered the "Official" date of birth
of the Korean Church) to date, 6,021 Koreans ordained priests are in
their country of origin or in other nations of the world.
These are some
of the data contained in the new yearbook of the Korean Church 2017,
sent to Agenzia Fides, which collects data, figures and historical
information on the Catholic community in Korea.
In the overall calculation of priests, there are 122 new Korean names in
the country or incardinated in the dioceses or religious orders,
between 2015 to 2016, according to data that distinguish the priests of
Korean nationality from missionaries and foreign priests.
prepared by the Korean Bishops' Conference, is published on the basis of
data received from all the dioceses and researches carried out.
also available in e-book format.
To 31 December 2015 the baptized Koreans were 5.6 million, divided into
19 dioceses, and accounted for 10.7% of the total Korean population,
attending 1,706 existing parishes, next to the 761 mission stations.
According to historical reconstructions, the "unofficial" foundation
date of the Korean Church is 1784, when a group of young noblemen
founded a "community of the Church" in the country, no sacraments and no
They then asked the Bishop of Beijing, and later in Rome, to
send them instituted ministers.