His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta. He has been Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2011.
On Thursday 16 June 2016, the Liturgical Reception and Solemn Mass of Installation of Bishop Vincent will take place at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta.
Bishop Vincent 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 Vincent 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.
The Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter G Williams, warmly welcomed Bishop Vincent’s appointment. “Bishop Vincent is no stranger to the Diocese of Parramatta. As a Conventual Franciscan Friar, he was Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Kellyville,” Fr Peter 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.”
About the Diocese of Parramatta
The Diocese of Parramatta is the Catholic Church in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
It spans one of the fastest-growing areas of Australia, incorporating the greater Western Sydney area from Parramatta to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains and from Richmond to Warragamba. It is home to 330,000 Catholics in an area of 1,050,000 people.
The Diocese hosts 47 parishes and churches, educates more than 45,000 students in more than 83 schools, employs more than 5,000 staff and cares for thousands of people in need through its social services arm.
The Diocese of Parramatta is the fifth-largest Catholic Diocese in Australia.