Paul Guo Wenzhi

Paul Guo Wenzhi (Chinese: 郭文治; pinyin: Guō Wénzhì; 11 January 1918 - 29 June 2006) was a Chinese Catholic priest and Bishop of the Apostolic Prefecture of Qiqihar between 1989 and 2006.

Paul Guo Wenzhi
Bishop of the Apostolic Prefecture of Qiqihar
ChurchCathedral of St. Michael
DioceseApostolic Prefecture of Qiqihar
Term ended2000
PredecessorPaul Hugentobler
SuccessorJoseph Wei Jingyi
Personal details
Born(1918-01-11)January 11, 1918
Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China
DiedJune 29, 2006(2006-06-29) (aged 88)
Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China
DenominationRoman Catholic


Guo was born into a Catholic family in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang on January 11, 1918.[1] He entered seminars in Changchun and Beijing in 1940 and 1946, respectively. He was ordained a priest in December 1948.[1] In 1950 he became diocesan administrator, and two years later he was arrested. In 1954, he was charged with "counter-revolutionary" crimes and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He spent eight years in captivity in Heilongjiang and was then sent for 3 years in labor reform in Beijing and another 14 years in Xinjiang.[1] After his release in 1979, he taught English at a secondary school in Xinjiang. He returned to Qiqihar in 1985. After attending the founding meeting of the bishop's conference in November 1989, Guo was arrested by the Communist government and held captive from December 1989 to January 1990. In 1993 he established a priesthood seminary and restored a nunnery in the diocese. He retired in 2000, his coadjutor Joseph Wei Jingyi succeeded. He died of heart failure in Meilisi Catholic Church.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d 中共禁止为齐齐哈尔地下教会郭文治主教举行隆重葬礼. (in Chinese). 30 June 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
Catholic Church titles
Paul Hugentobler
Bishop of the Apostolic Prefecture of Qiqihar
Joseph Wei Jingyi