Posted on 6 June 2016
The Liturgical Reception and Mass of Installation of Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta will take place on Thursday 16 June 2016 at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta.
An outdoor screening of the celebration will take place in Prince Alfred Park, across the road from the Cathedral. BYO chair to watch the live stream in Prince Alfred Park. The current forecast is for a mild evening with clear skies. Everyone is welcome to the screening, which will commence at 7pm at www.parracatholic.org
Bishop Vincent has been an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2011. He 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, he 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.
“You can blame Pope Francis for appointing me as a rather unlikely bishop to one of the youngest, most ethnically diverse and dynamic dioceses in the country,” Bishop Vincent said in the June 2016 issue of Catholic Outlook.
“I am very humbled by this appointment and grateful for the opportunity to serve the Church in Parramatta during this time.”
The Bishop’s motto is ‘Duc in altum‘ or ‘Go further into the deep’. “I have taken many leaps of faith before, including the one that plunged me, literally, into the deep blue sea,” he said. “Now I am about to be cast into the deep interior of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, and I cannot help but feel daunted by what lies ahead.
“Nevertheless, I make bold to move forward, trusting in the sustaining power of God and the support of the clergy and people of this great Diocese.”