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Archdiocese of Jinan [Tsinan]

Archidioecesis Zinanensis

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  • Joseph Zhang Xianwang, Archbishop

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 11 April 1946
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: China
  • Square Kilometers: 25,000 (9,656 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Catholic Mission, Kao-Tu-Sih-Hsiang, Jinan, Shandong, China

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of Shantung {Scian-Ton} (Chan-tong)
3 September 1839ErectedDiocese of Peking [Beijing] Vicariate Apostolic of Shantung {Scian-Ton} (Chan-tong) (erected)
2 January 1884Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Shantung {Scian-Ton} (Chan-tong) Mission "Sui Iuris" of Southern Shantung {Scian-Ton Meridionale} (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Northern Shantung {Scian-Ton Settentrionale}
8 January 1886Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Shantung {Scian-Ton} (Chan-tong) Vicariate Apostolic of Northern Shantung {Scian-Ton Settentrionale}
22 February 1894Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Northern Shantung {Scian-Ton Settentrionale} Vicariate Apostolic of Eastern Shantung {Scian-Ton Orientale} (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Tsinanfu
3 December 1924Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Northern Shantung {Scian-Ton Settentrionale} Vicariate Apostolic of Tsinanfu
16 April 1929Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Tsinanfu (Suimin, Loling, Yangsin, Eaifeng (or Wuti), Chanhwa, Pirihsien, Litsing, Tsingcheng, Putai, Tsitung, Changshan, Ewàntai, Tsowping, and Tzechwan) Mission "Sui Iuris" of Changtien (erected)
5 April 1931Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Tsinanfu (Lintsing, Kwantao, Kwanhsien, Kiuhsien, Wucheng, Siatsing, Tungchang, Tangyi, Sinksien, Cheping, Tsingping, Poping, and Kaotang) Prefecture Apostolic of Linqing [Lintsing] (erected)
Archdiocese of Jinan [Tsinan]
11 April 1946ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Tsinanfu Archdiocese of Jinan [Tsinan]
20 April 2023Territory AddedPrefecture Apostolic of Yiduxian [Iduhsien] (suppressed) Diocese of Zhoucun [Chowtsun] (Neighborhoods of Boshane di Linzi and the counties of Guangrao, Boxing, and Gaoqing)
Archdiocese of Jinan [Tsinan] (Eastern part of the Laiwu neighborhoods)
Diocese of Weifang (erected) (Neighborhoods of Weicheng, Hanting, Fangzi, and Kuiwen; municipal development “zones”; Linju and Changle counties; and the cities of Qingzhou, Zhucheng, Shouguang, Anqiu, Gaomi, and Changyi)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Archdiocese of Jinan [Tsinan]

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Vicariate Apostolic of Shantung {Scian-Ton} (Chan-tong)
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 128
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Tsinanfu
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 17, Page 23, to Page 25
  • Archdiocese of Jinan [Tsinan]
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 38, Page 301, to Page 313
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