Diocese of Hai Phong

Bishop Vu

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Bishop Joseph Van Thien Vu

Bishop's House, 46 Hoang Van Thu street, Hong Bang district, Hai Phong city, Vietnam

+84 31 3745765

Fax :+84 31 3745765


Bishop Joseph Vu Van Thien was born on Oct. 26, 1960, in Ke Sat parish, Hai Duong province. He has four sisters and brothers. He started his theological and philosophical studies at Saint Joseph Major Seminary in Ha Noi in 1982 and was ordained a priest by the late Bishop Joseph Marie Nguyen Tung Cuong of Hai Phong at the Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral on Jan. 24, 1988. He served as secretary of the bishop's residence and provided pastoral activities for four parishes. In 1996, he started his further studies at the Institut Catholique de Paris for four years. On Nov. 26, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Hai Phong and the late Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung of Ha Noi ordained him on Jan. 2, 2003.

Bishop Thien heads the Episcopal Commission for Youth of the Vietnam Bishops' Conference.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Administrator Father Dominic Nguyen Chan Hung (1999-2003)
  • Bishop Joseph Marie Nguyen Tung Cuong (1979-1999)
  • Bishop Pierre Khuat Van Tao (1956-1977)
  • Bishop Joseph Truong Cao Dai (1953-1954)