Roman Catholic Diocese of Đà Lạt
|Diocese of Ðà Lat|
Giáo phận Ðà Lạt
Đa Lạt Cathedral
|Ecclesiastical province||Ho Chi Minh|
|Metropolitan||Ho Chi Minh|
|Area||9,764 km2 (3,770 sq mi)|
(as of 2006)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||24 November 1960|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St Nicholas of Myra in Da Lat|
|Patron saint||Saint Nicholas|
|Bishop||Antoine Vũ Huy Chương|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Paul Bùi Văn Đọc|
|Coadjutor||Dominic Nguyen Van Manh|
|Website of the Diocese|
The Diocese of Đà Lat (Latin: Dioecesis Dalatensis) is a Latin suffragan diocese of Roman Catholic church in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Hanoi in southern Vietnam, yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Its present Bishop is Antoine Vũ Huy Chương.
Statistics and extent
As per 2014, it pastorally served 368,487 Catholics (27.8% of 1,325,000 total) on 9,764 km² in 87 parishes and 16 missions with 259 priests (143 diocesan, 116 religious), 1,413 lay religious (501 brothers, 912 sisters) and 69 seminarians. Many of its faithful belong to ethnic minorities.
- The bishopric was created on November 24, 1960 as Diocese of Đà Lat / Ðàlạt (Tiếng Việt) / 大叻 (正體中文) / Dalaten(sis) (Latin), on territories split off from the then Apostolic Vicariate of Saigon and the then Apostolic Vicariate of Kontum
- On 22 June 1967 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Ban Mê Thuôt.
(all Roman Rite)
- Suffragan Bishops of Đà Lat
- Simon Hoà Nguyễn Văn Hiền (24 November 1960 – death 5 September 1973), previously Titular Bishop of Sagalassus (1955.09.20 – 1960.11.24) as Apostolic Vicar of Saigon (Vietnam) (1955.09.20 – 1960.11.24)
- Barthélémy Nguyễn Sơn Lâm, Sulpicians (P.S.S.) (30 January 1975 – 23 March 1994), next Bishop of Thanh Hoá (Vietnam) (1994.03.23 – death 2003.06.09)
- Pierre Nguyễn Văn Nhơn (23 March 1994 – 22 April 2010), also President of Episcopal Conference of Vietnam (2007 – 2013); succeeded as previous Coadjutor Bishop of Đà Lat (1991.10.11 – 1994.03.23); next Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hanoi, succeeding as Metropolitan Archbishop of Hà Nôi (2010.05.13 – ...), created Cardinal-Priest of S. Tommaso Apostolo (2015.02.14 [2015.12.06] – ...)
- Antoine Vũ Huy Chương (1 March 2011 – ...); previously Bishop of Hưng Hóa (Vietnam) (2003.08.05 – 2011.03.01)
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