Vatican City - On 19 April 2016, the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Masan , presented by His Exc. Mgr. Francis Xavier Ahn Myong-ok, in accordance with can. 401 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law. The Holy Father appointed Rev. Constantine Bae Kihyen, Vicar General and Chancellor of the same diocese as Bishop of Masan .
Rev. Constantine Bae Ki Hyen was born on February 1, 1953, in Masan. He obtained his Baccalaureate in Theology and a Masters in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Gwanju. He was ordained a priest on January 28, 1985 for the diocese of Masan.
Since his ordination he has served the following pastoral and academic roles: 1985-1989: Pastor of Namhye in Kyongnam, Diocese of Masan; 1989-1996: Studies for a Licentiate in Philosophy and, then, for a Degree in Innsbruck, Austria, and in Munich, in Germany; 1996-1998: Professor at the Major Seminary in Pusan; 1998-2001: Pastoral Ministry in the United States , as Chaplain of the local Korean Community; 2002-2003: Sabbatical Year; 2003-2005: Pastor of Sachen in Kyongnam, Diocese of Masan; 2005-2008: Pastor of Ducksan in Jinhae, diocese of Masan; 2008-2014: Pastoral Ministry in the United States , serving the local Korean Community; 2014-2015: Sabbatical Year; since 2015: Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese of Masan.
The Diocese of Masan, erected in 1966, is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Daego, it has an area of 9,054 square kilometers and a population of 2,561,683 inhabitants, of whom 172,949 are Catholics. There are 73 parishes, 211 priests , 316 nuns and 40 seminarians. >>