Saint’s great-grandson becomes bishop

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Fr. Vincent Nguyen has been appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Toronto. What a blessing for Toronto. Fr. Vincent will be a great bishop! I met Vincent years ago when he was a seminarian intern at St. Anthony of Padua in Bramalea working with the late Fr. Tony Meagher who went on to become Archbishop of Kingston. That’s now two people that have gone from St. Anthony’s to become bishops!

The bishop-elect was born in Vietnam and is the great, grandson of one of the Vietnamese martyrs who were canonized by Pope John-Paul II. The appointment of the first Asian bishop for Toronto is both sensible and sensitive, responding to the tremendous powerhouse which the Asian community is to our local church.

Vincent is a gentle, humble and pastoral man who will bring even more qualities to the already excellent Toronto episcopacy.

Fr. Vincent Nguyen