Rev Joseph Trinh Chinh Truc

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Rev Joseph Trinh Chinh Truc

Death 23 Sep 2011 (aged 85)
Burial Buôn Ma Thuột, Đắk Lắk, Vietnam
Plot Cathedral Grounds.
Memorial ID 77180747 · View Source
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The Second Bishop of the Diocese of Ban Mê Thuôt, Monsignor Joseph Trinh Chinh Truc was born in Ha Hoi, Northern Ha Nam Province in Vietnam, on October 25, 1925, and formed part of the But Dong Parish. After finishing his elementary studies at the Minor Seminary, he entered the Grand Séminaire du Saint-Sulpice of Hanoï and was ordained to the Priesthood at 28 years of age on May 31, 1954, during the battle of Dien-Bien-Phu.

Assigned to the Sainte-Thérèse-de-Hanoï Orphanage, founded by Father Paul Seitz MEP., who became Bishop of Kontum in 1952, Father Joseph took care in moving the named Orphanage to Southern Vietnam to the Diocese of Kontum following the exodus of the North Vietnam Catholics. Once there, he was named Vicar of the Sacré-Cœur Church Ban Mê Thuôt which would later become a Cathedral when the Diocese of Ban Mê Thuôt was erected on June 22, 1967.

Director of the Minor Seminary, he served as Vicar General to the First Bishop of the newly established See, Monsignor Pierre Nguyên Huy Mai.

Appointed Coadjutor of the named Diocese by Pope John Paul II at 55 years of age, he received his Episcopal Consecration from the named Bishop Pierre Nguyên Huy Mai, assisted by Bishops Alexis Pham Van Lôc and Joseph Nguyên Tùng Cuong on August 15, 1981.

Succeeding to the See of Ban Mê Thuôt following the death of Bishop Nguyên Huy Mai on August 4, 1990, he retired from Office on December 29, 2000, and was succeeded by Monsignor Joseph Nguyên Tich Duc, who later predeceased him by four months.

Established in 1967, the Diocese of Ban Mê Thuôt had by 2005, around 303,368 members divided across 52 Parishes.

Back in 1963, then Father Joseph Trinh Chinh Truc erected a 2.4-meter-high Statue of Christ the King was erected on a hill located in Chau Son Parish's territory. To this day, thousands of local Catholics climb up for Mass and pray in front of the statue on the feast of Christ the King.

Ðức Cha Giuse Trịnh Chính Trực passed away on Friday, September 23, 2011, at 09.55 am., at the Chợ Rãy Hospital, in Ho Chi Minh City, aged 85, after spending his last weeks in a vegetative state.

Funeral Mass for Bishop Trinh Chinh Truc, presided by Msgr. Vincent Nguyên Van Ban, the Fourth Bishop of the Ba Mê Thuôt Diocese, was celebrated at the Ba Mê Thuôt Cathedral on Tuesday, September 27, followed by internment in the Cathedral Grounds.


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  • Added: 27 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77180747
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Joseph Trinh Chinh Truc (25 Oct 1925–23 Sep 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77180747, citing Ba Mê Thuôt Sacred Heart Cathedral, Buôn Ma Thuột, Đắk Lắk, Vietnam ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .