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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.

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Diocese of My Tho

Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc
Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc
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Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc
Bishop's House, 32 Hung Vuong St. Ward 7, My Tho City, Tien Giang Province
+84 73 3886 293
Fax :+84 73 3875 792 - 3887 24
[email protected]

Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc was born on Nov. 11, 1944 in Da Lat city in the Central Highlands. After he studied at a seminary in Sai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in 1956-1963, he furthered his philosophical and theological studies at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome in 1964-1970. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 17, 1970 in Da Lat.

He served as rector of Minh Hoa Major Seminary from 1975 until he became vicar general of Da Lat diocese in 1995.

He was named bishop of My Tho on March 26, 1999 by the late Pope John Paul II. His Episcopal ordination was on May 20 that year.

He serves as head of the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Faith of the Vietnam Bishops' Conference. Bishop Doc speaks English, French and Latin.
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