His Holiness Pope Francis has last month appointed the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv DD, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta. He has been Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2011.
Bishop Long Van Nguyen succeeds Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP.
The new Bishop of Parramatta was born in 1961 in Gia-Kiem, Vietnam. He and his family came to Australia as refugees in 1980.
After his ordination to the priesthood on 30 December 1989, Bishop Long Van Nguyen went to Rome for further studies and was awarded a licentiate in Christology and Spirituality from the Pontifical Faculty of St Bonaventure.
He was elected superior of the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals in Australia in 2005.
Very Rev Peter G Williams, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta, warmly welcomes Bishop Long Van Nguyen as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta.
“Bishop Vincent is no stranger to the diocese. As a Conventual Franciscan Friar, he was Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Kellyville,” Fr Peter Williams said.
“We look forward to welcoming him at his formal installation in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, at a date that will be set in the near future.
“I ask you to pray for Bishop Vincent as he concludes his ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and assumes leadership of the Diocese of Parramatta.”