Roman Catholic Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani
|Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani
|Ecclesiastical province||Thare and Nonseng|
|Metropolitan||Thare and Nonseng|
|Area||53,917 km2 (20,817 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Ubon Ratchathani|
|Bishop||Philip Banchong Chaiyara|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Louis Chamniern Santisukniram|
Location of the Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani
The (Roman Catholic) Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani (Dioecesis Ubonratchathaniensis, Thai: สังฆมณฑลอุบลราชธานี) is located in the north-east of Thailand. It is a suffragan diocese of the archdiocese of Thare and Nonseng.
The diocese covers an area of 53,917 km², covering seven provinces of Thailand - Amnat Charoen, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Sisaket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothon. As of 2001, of the 7.7 million citizen 24,760 are member of the Catholic Church. It is divided into 55 parishes, having 42 priests altogether.
The Vicariate Apostolic of Ubon was created on May 7, 1953, when the Vicariate Apostolic of Thare was split. In 1965 the western part of the territory was split off and became the Vicariate Apostolic of Nakhon Ratchasima. On December 18, 1965 the Vicariate Apostolic was elevated to a diocese.
The cathedral of the diocese is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located in Ubon Ratchathani.
- Philip Banchong Chaiyara, C.Ss.R: appointed March 25, 2006
- Michael Bunluen Mansap: May 21, 1976 - March 25, 2006 (retired)
- Claude Germain Berthold, M.E.P.: April 9, 1970 - May 24, 1976 (resigned)
- Claudius Philippe Bayet, M.E.P.: May 7, 1953 - August 13, 1969 (resigned)