BISHOP GEORGE YOD PHIMPHISA, C.SS.R. †
January 19, 1933 – December 15, 2017
Bishop George Yod Phimphisan, C.SS.R. † Bishop Phimphisan was born in Bangkok, professed religious vows as a Redemptorist and studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, USA and he was ordained a priest on June 24, 1958. Father Phimphisan served as a priest in the Vice Province of Bangkok until October 2, 1975 when Pope Paul VI named him to be the second bishop of the Diocese of Udon Thani. He was ordained a bishop by his predecessor, Bishop Clarence James Duhart, C.SS.R., at the Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help on December 12, 1975. He served the Diocese of Udon Thani for 34 years as its bishop before his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on November 14, 2009, and he passed on December 15, 2017.
Bishop George saw the need for an English many years ago. He started up the mass and celebrated many of them. Many of us will treasure the memory of the masses we attended in Bishop George's private chapel in his residence.