Joseph Vũ Văn Thiên

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Joseph Vũ Văn Thiên
Metropolitan Archbishop of Hanoi
Archbishop Thiên in 2022
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed17 November 2018
Installed18 December 2018
PredecessorPierre Nguyễn Văn Nhơn
Other post(s)
Ordination24 January 1988
by Joseph Nguyên Tùng Cuong
Consecration2 January 2003
by Paul Joseph Phạm Đình Tụng
Personal details
Joseph Vũ Văn Thiên

(1960-10-26) 26 October 1960 (age 63)
Previous post(s)Bishop of Hải Phòng (2002-18)
Alma materInstitut Catholique de Paris
MottoServientes in gaudium et spes
(Serve in joy and hope)
(Phục vụ trong niềm vui và hy vọng)[citation needed]
Coat of armsJoseph Vũ Văn Thiên's coat of arms

Joseph Vũ Văn Thiên (born 26 October 1960) is a Vietnamese prelate of the Catholic Church. A bishop since 2002, he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Hanoi on 17 November 2018.


Thiên was born in Ke Sat in Hải Dương Province on 26 October 1960.[1] He has four siblings.[2] He entered the Major Seminary of Saint Joseph in Hanoi in 1982 and completed his work in philosophy and theology there. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Hải Phòng on 24 January 1988.[1]

He was bishop's secretary from 1988 to 1994 and held parish assignments from 1988 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000 he studied at the Institut Catholique de Paris, earning his licentiate in theology.[1]

He was Professor of Theology at the Major Seminary in Hanoi from 2000 to 2002.[1]

Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Hai Phòng on 26 November 2002[1] and he received his episcopal consecration on 2 January 2003 from Cardinal Paul Joseph Phạm Đình Tụng, Archbishop of Hanoi.[2] In November 2017, Thien presided at a ceremony initiating construction of a church to replace a historic shrine dedicated to local martyrs that was destroyed in a U.S. air raid in 1967.[3]

On 17 November 2018, Pope Francis named him to succeed Cardinal Pierre Nguyên Văn Nhon as Archbishop of Hà Nội.[4]

Within the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Vietnam he heads the Committee on Youth.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Rinunce e Nomine, 26.11.2002" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 26 November 2002. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Bourdin, Anita (17 November 2018). "Vietnam: Mgr Joseph Vu Văn Thiên nommé archevêque de Hanoï". Zenit (in French). Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Vietnamese diocese begins rebuilding church ruined in '67 U.S. air raid". Crux. Catholic News Service. 9 November 2017. Archived from the original on 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 17.11.2018" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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