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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 Phu Cuong

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Bishop Joseph Tan Tuoc Nguyen
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Bishop Joseph Tan Tuoc Nguyen
Bishop's House of Phu Cuong,
444 Cach Mang Thang Tam St.,
Thu Dau Mot town, Binh Duong province,
Vietnam

Phone: +84 650 3821 714
Fax :+84 650 3821 266
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Joseph Nguyen Tan Tuoc was born on Sept. 22, 1958 in Thu Dau Mot town, Binh Duong province. He studied philosophy and theology at local seminaries from 1971 to 1978 before he was ordained a priest for Phu Cuong diocese on April 4, 1991. Father Tuoc served Tha La parish from 1991-1995.

He furthered his studies at Institut Catholique de Paris from 1999-2006. After he returned to Vietnam, he was in charge of religious vocations and worked at the diocese's Pastoral Center. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Coadjutor Bishop of Phu Cuong on March 14, 2011. His episcopal ordination was on April, 29 that year.

He became Bishop of Phu Cuong on June 30, 2012. He succeeded Bishop Pierre Tran Dinh Tu who reached the retirement age.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Emeritus Tran Pierre Dinh Tu (1999-2012)
  • Bishop Pierre Tran Dinh Tu (1998-2012)
  • Bishop Louis Ha Kim Danh (1993-1995)
  • Coadjutor Bishop Jacob Huynh Van Cua (1976-1982)
  • Bishop Joseph Pham Van Thien (1965-1993)

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