Franciscans: June 2011 Archives

Vincent Long Van Nguyen, OFM Conv.jpgThe Church in Melbourne, Australia saw the Holy Spirit consecrate a former boat person turned Conventual Franciscan priest turn auxiliary bishop on Thursday. The witness of his life is testimony of the hand of God leading. 

Vincent Long Van Nguyên is the first Vietnamese bishop in Australia and one of three in the English speaking world. The USA has Bishop Dominic Mai Luong of Orange County, California and Bishop Vincent Nguyên Manh Hieu of Toronto.

Father Vincent Long Van Nguyên OFM Conv, is now an Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne holding the title of Bishop of Thala. But his personal narrative is beautiful.

In 1981, Long was an 18-year-old refugee who arrived in Australia knowing no English, having no personal connections with anyone, knowing nothing of Australian culture. One can only say that 31 years ago Long was given the gift of a new life in moving -with tremendous difficulty--from oppression to freedom.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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