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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 Udon Thani

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Bishop Joseph Luechai Thatwisai
Bishop Thatwisai
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Bishop Joseph Luechai Thatwisai
Bishop's Residence,
P.O. Box 103, Udon Thani
41000 Thailand

Phone: (+66) 42-223-255
Fax :(+66) 42-241-712
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Joseph Luechai Thatwisai, the third Bishop of Udon Thani, in northeastern Thailand, was born on Dec. 2, 1962 in Phonsung, in Udon Thani diocese.

In 1983 he entered Saeng Tham College (Lux Mundi, Light of the World), the national major seminary, to study philosophy and theology, and was ordained a priest on May 24, 1990 for Udon Thani diocese.

From 1990 to 1991 he served as assistant parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ban Phai and manager of Holy Redeemer School, both in Khon Kaen province.

The following year he went back to Saeng Tham College to study foreign languages in preparation for further studies overseas.

From 1993 to 1997 he studied for a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at Pontificium Institutum Biblicum in Rome, and resided at the Pontifical College of St. Paul the Apostle.

In 1998, he went for pastoral experience at Parish of St. Philip the Apostle in Pasadena, California, the United States.

From 1998 to 2000 he was professor of Biblical Theology at Saeng Tham College.

After that he studied for a Doctorate in Biblical Studies at the Catholic Institute of Paris.

In 2007 he came back to Thailand and served as professor of Biblical Theology at Saeng Tham.

In 2008 he became secretary of the Biblical Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him on Nov. 14, 2009 Bishop of Udon Thani. His episcopal ordination was on Feb. 6, 2010.

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