WASHINGTON–Pope Francis has appointed Father Thanh Thai Nguyen as a new auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Orange, CA.
Father Nguyen is a priest of the Diocese of Saint Augustine where he currently serves as pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Jacksonville, FL.
The appointment was publicized in Washington on October 6 by Monsignor Walter Erbi, Chargé d’Affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States.
Father Nguyen was born April 7, 1953, in Nha Trang, Vietnam. In 1979, he escaped Vietnam by boat with his family and spent 10 months in a refugee camp in the Philippines before arriving in the United States in 1980.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, and a master of divinity degree from Weston School of Theology, in Cambridge, MA. Father Nguyen entered the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in 1984 and served as a priest of that congregation for eight years. He was ordained a priest on May 11, 1991. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Saint Augustine, June 29, 1999.
Assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar at Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Smyrna, GA, 1991-1994; parochial vicar, Saint Ann Parish, Marietta, GA, 1994-1996; parochial vicar, Christ the King Parish, Jacksonville, FL, 1996-2001; pastor, Christ the King Parish, Jacksonville, 2001-2014; pastor, Saint Joseph Parish, Jacksonville, 2014-present.
The Diocese of Orange, CA, comprises 782 square miles. It has a total population of 3,145,515 people of which 1,346,540, or 42 percent, are Catholic.