The first and only Vietnamese-American Bishop in the U.S., Dominic Dinh Mai Luong was born on December 20, 1940 in Minh Cuong, about fifty miles from Hanoi in the Province of Bui Chu in North Vietnam.
He 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.
He was appointed pastor of Mary, Queen of Vietnamese Church, New Orleans in 1983 and was named Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1986.
He served as Director of the National Pastoral Center for the Vietnamese Apostolate 1989-2003 and was a member of the New Orleans Archdiocesan Priests’ Council 1987-2003.
Pope John Paul II appointed Monsignor Luong Auxiliary Bishop of Orange on April 25, 2003.
After nearly 50 years of faithful service as priest and bishop, the Vatican announced his retirement effective January 2016. Bishop Luong has taken up residence in the St. Bonaventure rectory apartment, former home of Fr. Rod Keller and Msgr. Duffy. Welcome Bishop Luong!