MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Fr Vincent Long Van Nguyen – Thursday, 16 June 2011

Posted on 27. Jun, 2011 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — Later this month, Fr Vincent Long Van Nguyen, who arrived in Australia from a Malaysian refugee camp in the 1980s at the age of 18, will be Australia’s first Asian Catholic bishop. As an asylum seeker who had to endure terrifying weather, pirate attacks and a leaky, small and overcrowded boat with no food or water for days, he fled the Vietnamese communist rule like other of his countrymen in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He survived a 16 month stay in a refugee camp and later found a special attachment to the Catholic faith. As one of four auxiliary bishops in Melbourne, Bishop Long will look after the western suburbs, which have a vibrant Catholic migrant community.

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