The Most Rev. Dominic Luong, first Vietnamese-born Roman Catholic U.S. bishop, dies at 77 – Orange County Register

The Most Rev. Dominic Luong, who held the distinction of being the first native-born Vietnamese Roman Catholic bishop in the United States and made his mark ministering to refugee and immigrant communities nationwide, died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6. He was 77.

Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2003.

Dominic Dinh Mail Luong, the second youngest of 11 children, was born Dec. 20, 1940 in Minh Cuong, about 50 miles from Hanoi. As a young seminarian in the Diocese of Bui Chu, Luong was sent to the U.S. in 1956 to continue his education.

However, he had trouble returning home to see his family because of the political instability in his country and did not get to see his family again until 1979.

Luong was ordained to priesthood in 1966 in New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and master’s degrees in biology and psychology. He then returned to junior…

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