WASHINGTON (April 24, 2003) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed Monsignor Dominic Dinh Mai Luong, pastor of Mary, Queen of Vietnam Church, New Orleans, and Director of the National Center for the Vietnamese Apostolate, as Titular Bishop of Cebarades and Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, California.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement.
Dominic Dinh Mai Luong was born in Vietnam on December 20, 1940.
He attended France-Vietnamest elementary school in Vietnam, Holy Family Seminary high school, Vietnam, diocesan seminary, Buffalo, New York, and St. Bernard Seminary, Rochester, New York, where he studied Philosophy and Theology.
He pursued post-graduate studies at Canisius College in Buffalo, earning an M.S.
Msgr. Luong was ordained a priest on May 21, 1966 in Buffalo, for the Diocese of Danang, Vietnam, but circumstances in that country prevented his returning there. Eventually he was incardinated in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Msgr. Luong was a hospital chaplain in Buffalo, 1966-1975, associate pastor of St. Louis church, Buffalo, 1975-1976, and Director of the Vietnamese Apostolate, New Orleans, 1976-1983. Appointed pastor of Mary, Queen of Vietnamese church, New Orleans in 1983, he has also served since 1989 as Director of the National Center for the Vietnamese Apostolate.
He was a member of the New Orleans archdiocesan Priests' Council from 1987 to 1992.