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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 07:25

It's a long way to the top if you want a priest for all

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Bishop Long van NguyenThe Franciscans and Vietnamese community are proud of Bishop Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen's appointment as Bishop of Parramatta as they recognise he is a bishop for all: belonging to every group, every community, every culture and background in the Diocese, reports Catholic Outlook.

From ministering as a Conventual Franciscan priest in Australia since 1989 and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2011, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen has been appointed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta.

The Provincial Delegate of the Franciscan Friars at Kellyville, Br Joseph Wood OFM Conv, said they were “very happy” about the appointment of their brother, Bishop Vincent.

“Bishop Vincent’s Franciscan brothers wish him and the Diocese of Parramatta every happiness and fraternal support in this new beginning together,” Br Joseph said.

“Naturally, we are also very grateful to the Diocesan Administrator, Fr Peter Williams, for holding everything together after the transfer of Bishop Fisher.”

The appointment of a Vietnamese migrant and refugee as Bishop of the Diocese was welcomed by Fr Henry Huu Duc Tran, priest in charge of the Vietnamese Chaplaincy of the Diocese of Parramatta.

“I consider myself as privileged to know Bishop Vincent from way back in his student days to his more senior positions both in the Diocese and elsewhere,” Fr Henry said.

“From a cultural perspective, I am proud of him, and the Vietnamese Catholic communities both here and beyond are proud of him too for such an Apostolic role entrusted to him. But at the same time, we know fully well that he, as a bishop, must belong to every group, every community, every culture and background in the Diocese.

“We have to make sure that Bishop Vincent enjoys the total support from the whole Vietnamese Catholic community to fulfil a bigger role as bishop of all people across this beloved Diocese.”

Read the full article by Elizabeth McFarlane published in Catholic Outlook, the official publication of the Diocese of Parramatta.

Listen to an interview with Bishop Vincent Long on the ABC Radio show, Sunday Nights, aired on Sunday 15 May 2015.