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The Inspiring Story of Bishop-designate Thanh Thai Nguyen

October 10, AD 2017

Fr. Thanh Thai Nguyen, who fled Vietnam by boat in 1979 and spent 10 months in a refugee camp in the Philippines, has been appointed by Pope Francis as a new auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Orange, California. The diocese has 1.2 million Catholics and 62 parishes.

Arriving in Hartford, CT in 1980, he served as a math and science teacher before joining the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in 1984. He studied at Merrimack College and the Weston School of Theology, and was ordained to the priesthood May 11, 1991.  Since that time, Fr. Nguyen worked in parishes in Georgia and Florida, and has been pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Jacksonville, Florida, since 2014.

The Bishop-designate’s journey brings to mind Pope Francis’ recent remarks on the topic of refugee and migrant populations: “Hope is what propels the hearts of those who leave their home, their land, sometimes their family and relatives, to seek a better life, more worthy of themselves and loved ones.” (General Audience, 9/27/17)

Our prayers and very best wishes are with Bishop-designate Nguyen as he begins this new chapter of service to the Church.

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