John Bosco Manat Chuabsamai
Manat was born October 31, 1935 in Bang Nok Khwaek. He was sent to study philosophy and theology in Madras, India, and was then ordained a priest on May 10, 1961. After ordination he worked in parish, school, and seminary posts in the diocese of Ratchaburi. In 1976/77 he studied at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC from which he obtained a masters degree in philosophy. He then taught philosophy at the Lux Mundi seminary, the only major seminary in Thailand. In 1984 he became rector of the seminary.
In May 1993 during a visit to Manila in the Philippines, Manat came into contact with the Society of Saint Pius X. In April 2000 he met with the Superior General of the Society, Bishop Bernard Fellay. In 2001 he visited many of the Society's chapels in the United States. He resigned as bishop of Ratchaburi on July 24, 2003.