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In Memories of Two Cardinals in Asia

Cardinal Cheong
Cardinal Sim

The Church in Asia lost two cardinals in less than two months this year.

Cardinal Cornelius Sim, a new cardinal in Asia and the first of Brunei, died on May 29. He was 69.

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, 89, former archbishop of Seoul and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, passed away on April 27.

More about the lives of Cardinal Sim and Cardinal Cheong
and the Churches in Brunei and South Korea, of which their missions were dedicated to.

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Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut
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Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut
Bishop's House,
387 Suranari Road,
Nakhon Ratchasima 30000,
Thailand




Phone: (66) 44-256268, (66) 44-274535
Fax : (66) 44-275254, (66) 44-241840
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut, a fomer priest of Ratchaburi diocese, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand, on Nov. 30, 2006. His episcopal ordination and installation took place on Feb. 10, 2007. Bishop Joseph was born in Bang Nok Kwaek in Ratchaburi province and studied at Sam Phran Major Seminary. He has a bachelor's degree in scholastic administration at the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand, and a Masters in Theology from the Maryknoll School of Theology, New York, USA. He was ordained a priest on May 11, 1984.
After ordination, he became the first headmaster of Daruna School in Ratchaburi. In 1986, he became administrator and director of the Ratchaburi Institute. In 1987, he was assigned to Kanchanaburi parish and later to Ratchaburi parish. In 1995, he was appointed assistant priest at St. Girolamo in Samut Songkram, and in 1997 diocesan bursar and chancellor. From 2000-2004 he studied for his Licentiate in Theology at St. Tomaso in Manila. When he returned to Thailand, he taught at Sam Phran Major Seminary and was also director of the Center for Cultural and Religious Research at Sam Phran College in Nakhon Pathom Province.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joachim Phayao Manisap (May 30, 1977-Nov. 30, 2006)
  • Bishop Alain Sauveur Ferdinand van Gaver, MEP (March 22, 1965-May 30, 1977)

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