Dominic Mai Thanh Lương

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Dominic Mai Thanh Lương (born December 20, 1940) is a Vietnamese-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange from 2003 to 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Dominic Luong was born near Hanoi on December 20, 1940, the youngest of nine children.[1] His father worked as a real estate notary.[1] He received his early education at a French Vietnamese elementary school, and afterwards attended Holy Family Seminary High School.[2] In 1954, he left home against his father's wishes to enter a seminary in Saigon.[3] In 1956, he was sent by the Bishop of Da Nang to continue his studies in the United States, where he enrolled at a diocesan seminary in Buffalo, New York, two years later.[3] He completed his philosophical and theological studies at St. Bernard's Seminary in Rochester.[2]

Priesthood[edit]

Luong was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1966.[4] Although he was ordained for the Diocese of Da Nang, the increasing violence of the Vietnam War prevented him from returning to his native country.[2] He pursued postgraduate studies at Canisius College in Buffalo, where he earned a master of science degree in biology and psychology in 1967.[1] He then served as a chaplain at a hospital in Buffalo until 1975, when he became a curate at St. Louis Church, also in Buffalo.[2]

In 1976, Luong was incardinated in the Archdiocese of New Orleans at the invitation of Archbishop Philip Hannan, who assigned him to the spiritual care of Vietnamese refugees in southern Louisiana.[4] He became an American citizen the following year.[1] He served as director of the Vietnamese Apostolate from 1976 to 1983, and was named pastor of Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans in 1983.[2] In addition to his pastoral duties, he became rector of the Vietnamese Martyrs Chapel in 1986 and director of the National Center for the Vietnamese Apostolate in 1989.[2] He was made a monsignor in 1986, and served as a member of the archdiocesan priests' council (1987-92) and dean of New Orleans East (2002-03).[2]

Episcopacy[edit]

On April 25, 2003, Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange, California, and titular bishop of Cebarades by Pope John Paul II.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 11 from Bishop Tod David Brown, with Archbishop Alfred Clifton Hughes and Bishop Jaime Soto serving as co-consecrators.[4] He selected as his episcopal motto: "You Are Strangers And Aliens No Longer" (Ephesians 2:19).[5]

Luong has been an outspoken proponent for the rights of Catholics in Vietnam.[6]

The Vatican announced that his resignation was accepted on December 20, 2015, his 75th birthday.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lobdell, William and Mai Tran (2003-05-17). "In O.C., a Bishop Into the Breach". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Luong". Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. 
  3. ^ a b "MSGR. DOMINIC LUONG COLLECTION". University of New Orleans. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bishop Dominic Mai Luong". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. [self-published source]
  5. ^ "Bishop Luong's Coat of Arms". Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. 
  6. ^ Catholic News Agency: "Orange County bishop says Vietnamese Catholic Church will outlive its struggles" January 31, 2011
  7. ^ "Rinunce e nomine" (in Italian). Vatican News Service. December 20, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2015.