Roman Catholic Diocese of Surat Thani

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Diocese of Surat Thani
Dioecesis Suratthanensis
สังฆมณฑลสุราษฎร์ธานี
Surat Thani cathedral.jpg
St. Raphael Cathedral of Surat Thani
Location
Country Thailand
Ecclesiastical province Bangkok
Metropolitan Bangkok
Statistics
Area 76,562 km2 (29,561 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
9,015,380
6,682 (0.1%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 26 June 1969
Cathedral St. Raphael Cathedral, Surat Thani
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Joseph Prathan Sridarunsil
Metropolitan Archbishop Kriengsak Kovitvanit
Map
Thailand Diocese Surat Thani.png

The (Roman Catholic) Diocese of Surat Thani (Dioecesis Suratthanensis, Thai: สังฆมณฑลสุราษฎร์ธานี) in southern Thailand was founded in 1969, when it was split off from the Diocese of Ratchaburi by the papal bull Qui Regno Christi. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Bangkok. The area of Surat Thani was evangelized by the Salesians of Don Bosco in the 1930s.

The diocese covers an area of 76,562 km², covering all of the southern provinces of Thailand, including Prachuap Khiri Khan as its northernmost province. As of 2001, of the 9 million citizen 6,682 or 0.1% are member of the Catholic Church. The diocese is subdivided into 39 parishes, which are grouped by four regions.

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The St. Raphael Cathedral (Thai: อาสนวิหารอัครเทวดาราฟาแอล) is located within the town of Surat Thani at 9°9′0″N 99°20′4″E / 9.15000°N 99.33444°E / 9.15000; 99.33444. The church was built in 1962, and became cathedral when the diocese was established in 1969.

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