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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.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Hung Hoa

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Apostolic Administrator Pierre Van Vien Nguyen
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Apostolic Administrator Pierre Van Vien Nguyen
Toa Giam Muc, Hung Hoa,
70 Le Loi, Tx Son Tay,
Hung Hoa, Ha Tay, Viet Nam

Phone: +84 907 949 340
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Van Vien was born on 8th January 1965.He is a native of Quang Binh province. He was drafted into the army, where he stayed until 1984. He obtained a doctorate in economics from the University of Agronomy, Hue, in 1992. He was ordained priest in 1999 in the Diocese of Vinh and was sent to work among Vietnamese immigrants in Australia, where he took his doctorate in theology. At the time of his appointment as auxiliary bishop of Vinh on June 15, 2013 he was serving as Vicar-General of the same diocese. He was ordained bishop Sept. 4, 2013.

On 29 August, 2020 Bishop Van Vien appointed as the apostolic administrator of Diocese of Hung Hoa.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Alphonse Huu Long Nguyen (15 Jun 2013 to 22 Dec 2018)
  • Bishop Jean Marie Tat Vu (1 Mar 2011 Appointed - 29 Aug 2020 Retired)
  • Bishop Gustave André Ferdinand Raballand, M.E.P. (1956-1962)
  • Bishop Jean-Baptiste Maximilien Chabalier, M.E.P. (1937-1955)
  • Bishop Valentin Herrgott, M.E.P. (1928-1936)
  • Bishop Jean-Claude Bouchut, M.E.P. (1902-1928)
  • Bishop Jean-Baptiste Grosgeorge, M.E.P. (1896-1902)
  • Bishop Marie-Laurent-François-Xavier Cordier, M.E.P. (1882-1895)
  • Bishop Jean-Claude Miche, M.E.P. (1850-1873)

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