Saturday, 21 May 2011

New Auxiliary for Melbourne: Fr Vincent Nguyen OFM Conv

Rome seems to be working down the (admittedly rather long) list of Australian vacancies, with the announcement last night of a new Auxiliary for Melbourne, Fr Vincent Nguyen OFM Conv.

Fr Vincent is 49, and was born in Vietnam, coming to Australia as a boatperson at the age of 19 in 1981.  He joined the Franciscans two years later, and studied for the priesthood in Melbourne.  He subsequently studied in Rome, and has been Provincial Superior of the Franciscans, as well as President of the Asia-Pacific Federation of his Order.  He is currently based in Rome.

Sounds like a promising appointment...

PS If you want to learn how to pronounce the bishop-elect's surname correctly, listen to the sound file here.  

If you just want to go with the usual English-speaker mangling of any foreign words, it's something close to "wen" (with a soft w).

1 comment:

Anthony S. Layne said...

I recommend the Southern dialect; the closest English approximation would be no-WHEN (with the "no" a little clipped). The Northern is dang near impossible for this Yank to reproduce, but it does sound like the "g" comes out a little more.