Diocese of Bà Rịa

DIOCESE OF BÀ RỊA

Bishop Thomas Nguyễn Văn TrâmBishop Thomas Nguyễn Văn Trâm1. Ordinary

Bishop Thomas Nguyễn Văn Trâm
Born on January 9, 1942;
Ordained Priest on May 1, 1969;
Consecrated Bishop on May 7, 1992;
Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Xuân Lộc on March 6, 1992;
Bishop of Bà Rịa since December 5, 2005.

Address: Tòa Giám Mục Bà Rịa
               227 Cách Mạng Tháng 8, P. Phước Hiệp, thị xã Bà Rịa, tỉnh Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Việt Nam
Phone:     +84 64 373 7873 - 383 8540;
Email:      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary Mother of God CathedralMary Mother of God CathedralMary Mother of God Cathedral was inaugurated on April 10, 2010. The cathedral with two 45-meter-high bell towers carrying six bells, is decorated with stained glass windows depicting 12 Apostles and 20 Mysteries of the Rosary.

Address: 227 Cách Mạng Tháng 8, P. Phước Hiệp, thị xã Bà Rịa, tỉnh Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Việt Nam.
Phone:     +84 64 382 5705

Masses on Sundays: 5:00, 7:00, 17:00 and 19:00, and on Saturdays: 17:00.

2. Statistics

As of December 31, 2010, Bà Rịa Diocese had 242,243 Catholics among its total population of 1,012,966. It had 68 parishes and 45 subparishes served by 138 priests, 609 religious, 56 seminarians, 18 seminary candidates and 2,320 catechists. In a land area of 5,964 square kilometers, the diocese covers Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu province.

3. Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Congregations of Religious Men

  • Congregation of Christ the King
    Phone: +84 64 383 6050
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
    Phone: +84 64 355 0627 - 383 4243
  • Congregation of the Missions
  • Order of Preachers
    Phone: +84 64 387 8122
  • Order of Friars Minor
    Phone: +84 64 388 1251
  • Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament
    Phone: +84 64 373 7356
  • Phuoc Ly Cistercian Monastery of Immaculate Heart of Mary
    Phone: +84 61 351 9081
  • Phuoc Son Cistercian Monastery of Mary
    Phone: +84 64 387 6298
  • Salesians of Saint John Bosco
    Phone: +84 64 389 1955
  • Thiên Phước Cistercian Monastery of Mary
    Phone: +84 64 383 2165

Congregations of Religious Women

  • Daughters of Our Lady of the Visitation
    Phone: +84 64 398 7010
  • Daughters of Our Lady of the Rosary
    Phone: +84 64 384 2769
  • Daughters of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
    Phone: +84 64 383 6151
  • Handmaids of Jesus the Priest
    Phone: +84 64 355 0234
  • Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament
    Phone: +84 64 382 7377
  • Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul
    Phone: +84 64 383 3152
  • De La Salle Sisters
    Phone: +84 64 379 1639
  • Dominican Sisters of Rose of Lima
    Phone: +84 64 383 7362
  • Dominican Sisters of Tam Hiệp
    Phone +84 64 388 573 1
  • Dominican Sisters of Thánh Tâm
    Phone +84 64 382 6314
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
    Phone: +84 64 388 1493
  • Institute of Family of Mary of the Visitation
    Phone: +84 64 384 0190
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Bà Rịa
    Phone: +84 64 388 1300
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Cái Mơn
    Phone +84 64 355 1784
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Chợ Quán
    Phone: +84 64 386 8653
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Gò Vấp
    Phone: +84 64 387 6296
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Nha Trang
    Phone: +84 64 388 1268
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Phan Thiết
    Phone: +84 64 398 9137
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Thủ Đức
    Phone: +84 64 361 0234
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Thủ Thiêm
    Phone: +84 64 383 2806
  • Lovers of the Holy Cross of Xuân Lộc
    Phone: +84 64 383 9151
  • Missionaries of Chanty of Christ
    Phone: +84 64 384 3821
  • Missionaries of the Blessed Virgin
  • Phone: +84 64 383 2175
  • Family of the Missionary Workers of the Immaculate
  • Phone: +84 64 352 3869
  • Phước Thiện Cistercian Sisters
  • Phone: +84 64 387 6513
  • Poor Clare Sisters
  • Phone: +84 64 391 4046
  • Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Phone: +84 64 382 7740
  • Sisters of Providence
  • Phone:+84 64 384 2922
  • Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres
  • Phone: +84 64 382 5794

4. Catholic Sites

Tomb of Martyrs ChurchTomb of Martyrs ChurchTomb of Martyrs Church was built on the foundation of Phước Lễ prison in 1865 nearby the Cathedral. In August 1861, about 700 local Catholics were detained in prisons of Đất Đỏ, Long Điền, Long Tân and Phước Lễ. In the evening of January 7, 1862, when French troops attacked Bà Rịa, Nguyễn Dynasty soldiers fled and set fire to those four prisons, leaving 288 men, 102 women and 54 children under the age of 10 dead.

Giant Statue of Christ the KingGiant Statue of Christ the KingGiant Statue of Christ the King, located in the southern coastal city of Vũng Tàu, is 32-meter-tall with arms outstretched, facing the Pacific Ocean from the summit of Mount Tao Phùng, 176 meters above sea level. The statue's arms span 18.4 meters, welcoming visitors crowded sandy beaches in the city. The statue was completed in 1975 and consecrated on December 2, 1994. From the street, at the base of the mount, visitors climb almost 1,000 stone stairs to the statue. Sculptures of Jesus and Saint Peter, the Last Supper and the crucified Jesus ring its pedestal. Further down is a big white replica of the Pieta statue. Inside the giant statue is a shop selling Catholic items and a spiral staircase with 133 stairs leading to the statue's hands. Up to six people can stand inside each hand and, through a window, enjoy the panoramic views of the sea, city, mountains and fields.

Bãi Dâu Pilgrimage Center,  with a Marian shrine, is nearby the giant statue of Christ the King. The 32-meter-high statue of Mother of God standing on the side of a hill, 60 meters above sea level, was inaugurated on December 31, 1994. The Marian shrine with a seating capacity of 1,000 was inaugurated on July 22, 1995. 14 Ways of the Cross with 3-meter-high statues and 2.5-meter-high statues of 20 Mysteries of the Rosary stand along a winding path on the mountain side. Pilgrims attend Eucharist adoration all day at a dome-shaped chapel of Vietnamese Martyrs keeping relics of 71 Martyrs.

Bãi Dâu Pilgrimage CenterBãi Dâu Pilgrimage CenterDozens of Religious congregations and societies set up their communities around the shrine in a popular beach area of Vũng Tàu town, 125 kilometers east of Ho Chi Minh City. They provide lodging and food for pilgrims and tourists.

Address: Đền Thánh Đức Mẹ Bãi Dâu
              140 A Trần Phú, P.5, TP Vũng Tàu, Tỉnh Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Việt Nam.
Phone:    +84 64 383 8540

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