Diocese of Sanyuan

Bishop Zong Joseph Huaide

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Bishop Zong Joseph Huaide

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Bishop Emeritus Joseph Zong Huaide was born in Sanyuan county in 1922 and entered minor seminary in 1935. After his priestly ordination in 1946, he had served in parishes until persecutions against the Church began. He returned home to be a farmer in 1961 and was arrested in 1965. From 1966 to 1980, he received reform-through-labor at various locations in Shaanxi province.

After his release, he returned to serve in the diocese. According to the diocese, the then Father Zong was appointed by Pope John Paul II as bishop of Sanyuan in 1985 and was ordained clandestinely two years later. He has worked openly since 1992 and the pope approved his retirement in 2003.