Pastoral Center


In 1863, Fr. Wibaux built the Seminary of Saigon.
After the event of 30-4-1975, the Ministry of Finance borrowed and used the minor seminary as Finance and Accounting High School IV.
On 20-9-2004, the minor seminary was returned from the Ministry of Finance to the Archdiocese to become the Archdiocesan Catholic Cultural Center. Its Rector was Fr. Peter Nguyễn Văn Hiền. Later, its name was changed to be the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center.


The Archdiocesan Pastoral Center of Hochiminh City focuses on two main objectives: offering formation for archdiocesan members and organizing activities of the archdiocese.

1. The first objective: offering formation for archdiocesan members
     a. For the laity
         - Classes of bible, theology, philosophy, liturgy, spirituality, parish administration, and pastoral care in many fields opened for the laity in the evening of week-days.
         - Training courses for related members such as youth, catechists, members of parish councils… opened on weekends.
     b. For religious women
         - Classes of bible, theology, philosophy, liturgy, spirituality… opened by religious congregrations for nuns in week-day mornings.
         - Specially, theology classes opened in summers for religious women.
     c. For seminarians of pre-seminary: they stay in the Pastoral Center and are formed in one year before entering the seminary.

2. The second objective: organizing important activities and big meetings of the archdiocese.

Board of Directors:

Fr. Peter Nguyễn Văn Hiền

Rector (from 2012)

Chair of Committee on Catechism

Born:  1954

Ordained Priest:  1985

Fr. Roch Nguyễn Kim Duy

Vice Rector & Manager

Chair of Committee on Sacred Music

Born:  1954

Ordained Priest: 2000

Fr. Francis Xavier Bảo Lộc

In charge of Study Programme of Pastoral Center

Chair of Committee on Inter Faith Dialogue

Born: 1961

Ordained Priest:  1992

Fr. Joseph Vũ Hữu Hiền

Chair of Committee on Social Communication

Born: 1954

Ordained Priest: 1990

Fr. Jos. Hoàng Ngọc Dũng

Consulting Professor

Born: 1964

Ordained Priest: 1999


Fr. Joseph Đặng Chí Lĩnh

Professor of Psychology

Born: 1969

Ordained Priest: 2001

Fr. Joseph Hoàng Đình Thành

Born: 1965

Ordained Priest: 1999

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