Solidarity with Persecuted Christians Around the World
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Knights of Columbus of the Diocese of Orange welcome Bishop-elect Rev. Thanh Thai Nguyen.
He will become the diocese’s second auxiliary bishop, with a focus on ministering to the spiritual needs of America’s largest Vietnamese Catholic community.
“Bishop-elect Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1953 and is the second oldest of eight boys and three girls. He spent most of his elementary education in Catholic schools and in 1966 he entered St. Joseph Seminary, a small diocesan institute in Vietnam. His seminary formation was interrupted when the communist government took over the country in 1975. Bishop-elect Nguyen and other seminarians were forced into hard labor in the rice fields to be allowed to continue their studies.
In 1979, after suffering religious persecution, Bishop-elect Nguyen, along with 26 members of his extended family, boarded a small motorboat and slipped out of Cam Ranh Bay – headed for the Philippines and safety. The family was soon engulfed by a tropical storm and spent 18 days at sea, several with no food or water. The family prayed the Rosary together each morning and evening. All 26 of them, through the Grace of God, arrived safely in the Philippines. After 10 months in a refugee camp, the family left Manila in June of 1980 for their new life in Beaumont, Texas.
Upon arriving in the United States, Bishop-Elect Nguyen’s vocational calling continued to draw him toward God. He worked at Catholic Charities in Hartford, Connecticut before returning to his priestly formation at Merrimack College in N. Andover, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. After two years of study he graduated Cum Laude and immediately began his novitiate year in Washington D.C. and took his first vows with the La Salette Order in 1987. Bishop-Elect Nguyen graduated from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts in May 1990 and was ordained on May 11, 1991.”
photo from Orange County Catholic
It has become an honored tradition for the Orange Catholic Foundation to bring the values of faith, integrity, and service above self, back to the forefront of business through a special faith based initiative we began 15 years ago…our Conference on Business & Ethics. Our Conference has been rated the #1 Philanthropic Breakfast Event of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal three years in a row.
Our 15th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am at the Hilton Anaheim Convention Center. The Conference will feature keynote presentations by Emmy Award winning actress, Patricia Heaton and the consummate voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully. Vin will also be receiving the prestigious Farmers & Merchants Bank Lifetime Achievement Award. Talk show host on KFI, Tim Conway Jr., will be our Master of Ceremonies. The Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Business Integrity will be presented to Annette Walker, President of Strategy and Chief Executive of St. Joseph Health, and Christopher Furman, President and CEO of Ventura Foods.
Sponsorship of this event directly impacts the lives of many students in our Catholic schools who will directly benefit from your generosity today and in the future as they become our future business, community and spiritual leaders.
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