Explore South Asia's ancient dioceses

Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

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

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

Find out the oldest diocese in India here.

Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory now.

Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory
Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory

Diocese of Fenyang

Report An Error
Bishop John Huo Cheng
Bishop  Cheng
  • Facebook Share
  • Twitter Share
Bishop John Huo Cheng
The Catholic Church,
39 Sanhuangmiao Lane,
Fenyang City, Shanxi Province, China

Phone: +86 358 7234449, 7227344

Bishop John Huo Cheng was born on February 1, 1926. He entered the seminary in the year 1939. After he was ordained a priest on May 14, 1954, he could not carry out pastoral work normally due to the political turmoil, so he started working in a clinic. He was sentenced to ‘reform-through-labor’ (laogai) when the Cultural Revolution began in the year 1966. After his release in 1980, he worked in a hospital and then returned in 1983 to the diocese, to serve as parish priest. On September 4, 1991, he was ordained with papal mandate, by Patriotic Bishop Benedict Bonaventura Zhangxin, as the Bishop of Fenyang.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Anthony Gao Yong † (Jan. 24, 1962 Ordained without papal mandate - March 11, 1980 Died)
  • Bishop Simon Lei Chang-hsia (Lei Zhen-xia) † (June 9, 1949 Appointed - Feb. 16, 1970 Died)
  • Bishop Francis Liu-Chiu-wen (Liou King wen) † (July 23, 1930 Appointed - Jan. 15, 1948 Retired)
  • Bishop Aloysius Chen Guo-di (Tchen Chao-t'ien), O.F.M. † (May 10, 1926 Appointed - March 9, 1930 Died)

Help us improve the Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory

Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory
Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory
UCA News
The Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News, UCAN) is the leading independent Catholic news source in Asia.
Union of Catholic Asian News Limited
P.O. Box 69626,
Kwun Tong,
Hong Kong
[email protected]