Diocese of Ningbo

Bishop Hu

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Bishop Matthew Xiande Hu

c/o Cathedral of the Assumption , 116 Yaoxing Street, Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China Postal Code: 315010


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Bishop Matthew Hu Xiande was born on Aug. 27, 1934. He studied at the seminaries in Ningbo and Shanghai between 1950 and 1958. He was sent for reform-through-labor from 1958 to 1965. After being rehabilitated in 1978, he was a farmer until 1984, when he went to study at Sheshan Regional Seminary in Shanghai. He was ordained a priest in 1985 and then served as a parish priest in the diocese.

On May 14, 2000, Bishop Joseph Ma Xuesheng ordained Bishop Michael He Jinmin as the Bishop of Ningbo and Bishop Hu as his coadjutor. Vatican-approved Bishop Hu succeeded as the ordinary upon Bishop Ma's death in 2004.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Michael He Jinmin (2000-2004)
  • Bishop Shu Qishui (1960-1983 without papal mandate)
  • Bishop AndrĂ©-Jean-Franois Defebvre (1926-1967)
  • Bishop Paul Marie Reynased (1884-1926)

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