Roman Catholic Diocese of Bùi Chu

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Diocese of Bùi Chu
Dioecesis Buichuensis
Giáo phận Bùi Chu
Cathedrale Bui Chu, Nam Dinh.jpg
Cathedral of Bùi Chu
Location
Country Vietnam
Ecclesiastical province Hanoi
Metropolitan Hanoi
Statistics
Area 1,350 km2 (520 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
1,879,000
381,906 (20.3%)
Parishes 173
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of Mary Queen of the Rosary in Xuân Trường
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Thomas Vũ Đình Hiệu
Metropolitan Archbishop Peter Nguyễn Văn Nhơn
Website
http://gpbuichu.org/

The diocese of Bùi Chu (Latin: Dioecesis Buichuensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese of Vietnam. Joseph Hoàng Văn Tiem, S.D.B., was the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bùi Chu from his 2001 appointment by Pope John Paul II until his death in August 2013. On Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Vu Dinh Hieu, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Xuân Lôc (a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City), Titular Bishop of Baanna, as the Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Bùi Chu. He succeeded Bishop Van Tiem who died.[1]

The creation of the Diocese in present form was declared November 24, 1960.

The Diocese covers an area of 1,350 km², and is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Hanoi.

By 2004, the Diocese of Bùi Chu had about 380,130 believers (28.4% of the population), 58 priests and 129 parishes.[2]

Queen of the Rosary Cathedral in Xuân Ngọc Commune (Xuân Trường District, Nam Định Province) has been assigned as the see (the location of the cathedral and its Bishop's chair, and thus the headquarters) of the diocese.[3] There are 12 Shrines in the diocese. The Basilica of Immaculate Conception, Phu Nhai is one of them.

The diocese is divided into 13 deaneries: Báo Đáp, Bùi Chu, Đại Đồng, Kiên Chính, Lạc Đạo, Liễu Đề, Ninh Cường, Phú Nhai, Quần Phương, Quỹ Nhất, Thức Hóa, Tứ Trùng, and Tương Nam.

There is a traditional charity centre called Nhà Dục Anh (Orphanage House) in the northwest side of the Bùi Chu Cathedral.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://press.catholica.va/news_services/bulletin/news/30240.php?index=30240&lang=en
  2. ^ Catholic Hierarchy Directory
  3. ^ GCatholic.org
  4. ^ The Bui Chu Orphanage - Saint An's Family

Coordinates: 20°18′28″N 106°19′48″E / 20.3077°N 106.3300°E / 20.3077; 106.3300