Joseph Nguyễn Năng

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The Most Reverend

Joseph Nguyễn Năng
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City
Archbishop Joseph Nguyễn Năng
Appointed19 October 2019
Installed11 December 2019
PredecessorPaul Bùi Văn Đọc
Other post(s)
Ordination9 June 1990
by Paul-Marie Nguyễn Minh Nhật
Consecration8 September 2009
by Dominique Nguyễn Chu Trinh, Joseph Nguyễn Chí Linh, Joseph Nguyễn Văn Yến
Personal details
Born (1953-11-24) 24 November 1953 (age 70)
Previous post(s)
  • Bishop of Phát Diệm (2009–2019)
  • President of the Committee on the Doctrine of the Faith in the CBCV (2013–2016)
  • Apostolic Administrator of Phát Diệm (2019-2023)
MottoCommunione – Serviente (Communion – Service)
Coat of armsJoseph Nguyễn Năng's coat of arms
Styles of
Joseph Nguyễn Năng
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop
Ordination history of
Joseph Nguyễn Năng
Priestly ordination
Ordained byPaul Marie Nguyễn Minh Nhật
DateSeptember 9, 1990
PlaceDiocese of Xuân Lộc
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorDominique Nguyễn Chu Trinh
Co-consecratorsJoseph Nguyễn Chí Linh
Joseph Nguyễn Văn Yến
DateSeptember 8, 2009
PlaceDiocese of Phát Diệm

Joseph Nguyễn Năng (born 1953) is a Vietnamese prelate of the Catholic Church who has been a bishop since 2009 and the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City since October 2019. Since 2022, he has been appointed president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Vietnam.


Joseph Nguyễn Năng was born on 24 November 1953 in Phúc Nhạc, Ninh Bình Province.[1] In 1954, he and his entire family moved to the South.[2] He studied at the minor seminary of Saigon from 1962 to 1970 and at the major seminary of Saint Pius X in Dalat from 1975 to 1978. While a seminarian, he served at the Diocesan Institute Petit Apôtre in Bach Lam, Thong Nhat, Dong Nai from 1977 to 1988 and at the Thuận Hòa parish, Biên Hòa from 1988 to 1990. He was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of Xuân Lộc on 9 June 1990.[1]

Priestly service[edit]

Following his ordination, he was Pastor and Dean of the Thuận Hòa parish from 1990 to 1998. From 1998 to 2002, he studied at the Pontifical Urban University (Urbaniana) in Rome, earning a degree in dogmatic theology. From 2002 to 2008 he was Rector of the Major Seminary of Xuân Lộc.[1]


On 25 July 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Phát Diệm,[1] the diocese where he was born. His episcopal consecration was held at the Cathedral of Phát Diệm on 8 September 2009.[3]

On 19 October 2019, Pope Francis appointed him Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rinunce e Nomine, 25.07.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Vatican News phỏng vấn Đức Tổng Giuse Nguyễn Năng". 7 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Lễ tấn phong tân giám mục Phát Diệm: Niềm hy vọng mới từ tinh thần Hiệp thông và Phục vụ". 8 September 2009.
  4. ^ Thanh Thuy (28 October 2019). "Bishop Năng to serve the Church in Ho Chi Minh City with joy". AsiaNews. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 19.10.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 19 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2020.