Diocese of Guiyang

Bishop Xiao Zejiang

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Coadjutor Bishop Paul Xiao Zejiang

c/o St. Joseph Cathedral (north church), 110 Heping Road, 550001Guizhou, Guiyang,China

+86-851-678 1804 +86-851-678 1804

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Coadjutor Bishop Paul Xiao Zejiang of Guiyang was born in October 1967 into a Catholic family and entered the Sheshan Seminary in Shanghai in 1989. Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of Shanghai ordained him a priest in 1994, because his native Shiqian diocese had no bishop.

Since becoming a priest, he has served in several parishes. The bishop said his pastoral experience would help him in his work as bishop, adding that he "knows about 80 percent of the Catholics" in the diocese.

His episcopal ordination was on Sept. 8, 2007, feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI. He also got Chinese government recognition as bishop of Guizhou. The Vatican considers Guiyang an archdiocese, while the government-approved Church authorities in China recognize only dioceses. In 1999, the Church authorities combined the three dioceses in Guizhou province - Anlong, Guiyang and Shiqian - into Guizhou diocese.

The liturgy took place at the Guiyang Cathedral. Bishop Wang presided at the ordination, with Bishop Louis Yu Runchen of Hanzhong, Shaanxi province, Auxiliary Bishop Paul He Zeqing of Wanzhou (Wanxian), Chongqing municipality, and Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin of Kunming, Yunnan province, as co-ordainers. All but Bishop Ma have papal approval.

The episcopal ordination of Bishop Xiao marked the first ordination of a bishop since Pope Benedict XVI issued his open letter to mainland Chinese Catholics on June 30, 2007.

Bishop Xiao as coadjutor would automatically succeed Bishop Wang.