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Joseph Nguyễn Năng

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Joseph Nguyễn Năng
Metropolitan Archbishop of Hồ Chí Minh City
President of the Catholic Bishops'
Conference of Việt Nam
Archbishop Năng, 2019
Native name
Giuse Nguyễn Năng
ProvinceSài Gòn
SeeHồ Chí Minh City
Appointed19 October 2019
Installed11 December 2019
PredecessorPaul Bùi Văn Đọc
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)
  • Apostolic Administrator of Phát Diệm (2019-2023)
  • Vice President of the CBCV (2016-2022)
  • President of the Committee on the Doctrine of the Faith in the CBCV (2013–2016)
  • Bishop of Phát Diệm (2009–2019)
Alma materPontifical College of Saint Pius X of Đà Lạt
Pontifical Urban University
MottoCommunione – Serviente
(Communion – Service)
(Hiệp thông – Phục vụ)
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
Date9 September 1990
PlaceXuân Lộc Cathedral
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorDominique Nguyễn Chu Trinh
Co-consecratorsJoseph Nguyễn Chí Linh
Joseph Nguyễn Văn Yến
Date8 September 2009
PlaceFront of Phát Diệm Cathedral
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Joseph Nguyễn Năng as principal consecrator
Joseph Bùi Công Trác3 January 2023
Peter Kiều Công Tùng16 May 2023

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 Hồ Chí Minh City since October 2019. He was elected president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Vietnam in October 2022.


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 Hồ Chí 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.