Roman Catholic Diocese of Chanthaburi
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|Diocese of Chanthaburi
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
|Ecclesiastical province||Diocese of Chanthaburi|
|Area||34,000 km2 (13,000 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Chanthaburi|
|Bishop||Silvio Siripong Charatsri|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Kriengsak Kovitvanit|
|Emeritus Bishops||Lawrence Thienchai Samanchit Bishop Emeritus (1971-2009)|
The diocese covers an area of 34,000 km², covering the provinces - Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Prachinburi, Rayong, Sa Kaeo and Trat, as well as the parts east of the Bang Pa Kong River in Chachoengsao, and Nakhon Nayok except the district Ban Na.
As of 2009, of the 4.4 million citizens 38,918 are member of the Catholic Church. It is divided into 42 parishes, having 112 priests altogether.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Thai: อาสนวิหารพระนางมารีอาปฏิสนธินิรมล) Gothic style. It is located at the Chanthanimit Road on the left bank of the Chanthaburi River. During World War II the spires were taken down to make the church a less obvious navigational aid to allied bombers; they have since been replaced.is the largest church of Thailand. A first missionary chapel was built at the site in 1711. After being enlarged and rebuilt four times during the nineteenth century, especially due to the immigration of Vietnamese Christian fleeing religious persecution in the homecountry. In 1909 it was rebuilt in its current
In December 2007, the Diocese ordered the Father Ray Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization in Pattaya that operates an orphanage, school for the deaf, blind and disabled to vacate property owned by the Diocese within a matter of weeks. Representatives of the Foundation believe the Diocese plans to build a more profitable school there.
- Giacomo Luigi Cheng: May 11, 1944 - April 14, 1952
- Francis Xavier Sanguon Souvannasri: January 8, 1953 - April 3, 1970 (Resigned)
- Lawrence Thienchai Samanchit: July 3, 1971 - April 4, 2009
- Silvio Siripong Charatsri: appointed April 4, 2009
Before the vicariate apostolic was elevated to a diocese, the bishops were assigned a titular see.