Dominic Luong, first Vietnamese-born Roman Catholic U.S. bishop, dies at 77

Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Orange diocese by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2003; he died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6

The Most Rev. Dominic Luong, who held the distinction of being the first native-born Vietnamese Roman Catholic bishop in the United States and made his mark ministering to refugee and immigrant communities nationwide, died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6. He was 77. Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange by Pope John Paul II on April 25, … [Read more...]

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Ordination scheduled for Orange diocese’s new auxiliary bishop

Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen to be ordained December 19 at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove; cardinals, bishops and interfaith leaders from across the U.S. expected to attend

Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen will be ordained in historic and solemn ceremony officiated by the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, and attended by Cardinals, Bishops and interfaith leaders from throughout the United States. The rite of Episcopal Ordination is among the most sacred within the Roman Catholic Church and continues the apostolic succession of Church … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names another auxiliary bishop for Orange diocese

Fr. Thanh Thai Nguyen – a Vietnamese "boat person" serving as pastor of a parish in Jacksonville, Florida – will become second auxiliary bishop of Orange, which has nation’s largest number of Vietnamese Catholics

“Are all of your sons here?” Time and time again, that’s been the Pope’s question to his aides when addressing the appointment of bishops. Citing the Old Testament story of the calling of David, from Francis the line is less an innocent query than a marching order to "go and fetch" those who, like the boy shepherd-turned-king, are off working far afield. In this, for … [Read more...]

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Vietnamese Catholic community celebrates lunar new year with Tet Festival

Orange County celebration is the largest in the United States

The following comes from a January 28 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange and the Most Rev. Dominic M. Luong, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Orange, will preside over a mass and celebration marking the lunar new year and the traditional Vietnamese Tet holiday at the Vietnamese Catholic Center (1538 N. Century Blvd., Santa Ana), … [Read more...]

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Only Vietnamese bishop in US retires

Diocese of Orange has largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam

The following comes from a January 26 Orange County Catholic article by Cathi Douglas: Bishop Dominic Dinh Mai Luong – the first and only Vietnamese-American Bishop in the U.S. and an outspoken advocate for Catholics in Vietnam – retired December 20 on his 75th birthday, after serving the Diocese of Orange for 12 years. “Our diocese has the largest Catholic Vietnamese … [Read more...]

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