My name is Fr Dang Nguyen. I have recently been appointed by Archbishop Mark Coleridge to serve as an Associate Pastor at the Caloundra parish. I would like to take this opportunity to write few words to introduce myself.
I am originally from Vietnam. I was born and raised in the countryside. I am the middle child of five from a loving and devoted Catholic family. Both of my parents are farmers and my whole childhood was closely connected with rice and sugar cane farms.
My parents brought me up well and also instilled and nourished my faith. I still remember that my family often prayed the rosary together during the evening. To be honest, I once thought that was the worst thing that a parent can do to their child. However, looking back now, I believe that the experience gave me both a sense of faith and this kindled my love for the priesthood vocation.
It wasn’t, however, until 2008 that I came and joined the priesthood formation with the Augustinians in Sydney that my childhood dream became a reality. After ten years of religious formation, I was ordained on the 22nd September 2018 by Archbishop Mark Coleridge. I was then assigned as an Associate Pastor of St James Parish until mid of 2019 and then briefly at the Cathedral of St Stephen.
I am so thrilled that God has now brought me to be a part of the family of the Caloundra Parish! I am excited about sharing my journey of faith with you and look forward to meeting you all.
Fr Dang Nguyen