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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

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Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani

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Bishop Philip Banchong Chaiyara
Bishop  Banchong Chaiyara
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Bishop Philip Banchong Chaiyara
Bishop's residence,
498 Chayangkul Rd.,
Naimuang sub-district,
Muang District, Ubon Ratchathani
34000, Thailand

Phone: (66) 4531-3439
Fax :(66) 4528-3694
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Philip Banchong Chaiyara , CSsR, was born on Jan. 30, 1945, in Chang Ming Phanna Nikhom district, Sakon Nakhon province.

He became a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) on Aug. 2, 1969. He studied philosophy at the Holy Redeemer College in Waterford, Wisconsin, U.S.A., and theology at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary at Esopus, New York. On June 12, 1975, he was ordained a priest, and on March 25, 2006, he was appointed bishop. On June 27, 2006, he was ordained bishop for the Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani. Before his appointment as the diocesan prelate, Bishop Banchong worked from 1976-1978 as parish priest at the Nongkhai Mission, Diocese of Udon Thani. From 1979-1981, he was rector of the Redemptorist Minor Seminary at Siracha district, Chon Buri province. From 1981-1987, he was parish priest at the Holy Redeemer Church in Bangkok. From 1987-1992, he was parish priest at Bannoi, Khonkaen, Udon Thani diocese. From 1993-2002, he was director of Social Work at Pattaya, Diocese of Chanthaburi. From 2005 till he became bishop, he was parish priest at St. Nikolaus parish, Pattaya, Chanthaburi diocese.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Michael Bunluen Mansap (1976-2006)
  • Bishop Gemain Bertold, MEP (1969-1976)
  • Bishop Claudius Bayet, MEP (1953-1969)

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