On May 12, 2011, Fr. Simon Ok Hyun-jin, Professor of Gwangju Catholic University , was appointed as the new Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kwangju and Titular Bishop of Pederodiana.
The newly elected bishop was born in Muan, Jeollanam-do, was ordained as a priest in 1994, and studied church history at the Pontifical Gregorian University from 1996 to 2004.
After obtaining his doctorate, he served as the pastor at Unnam parish from 2004 to 2006 and as the director of the Gwangju Research Institute for Catholic Church History from 2005 to 2009. He has been a professor at Gwangju Catholic University from 2006 and a member of the CBCK Committee for the Doctorine of the Faith from 2007.
Adding a new bishop, the Catholic Church in Korea will have 34 bishops, including 11 Bishops emeriti.