Parish Priest

Fr Thanh profile photo - April 2016 webFr Thanh Quang Nguyen was born in Vietnam and he is the second youngest of seven children.

At the tender age of 11 years old, he recognised his calling to serve God and with the blessing of his parish priest, he entered the Minor Seminary of Dioceses in Nhtrang, Vietnam.  He completed his high school education in the seminary whilst also studying for the priesthood.  On 29th November 1970 at the age of 29 years, Fr Thanh was ordained by Pope Paul VI in Manilla.

Fr Thanh's first job after his ordination was as Vice Rector of the Minor Seminary of Dioceses in Nhatrang, Vietnam.  After three years as Vice Rector, he was promoted to Rector until 1976 where he was appointed as Rector of the Major Seminary St Piux X in Dalad, Vietnam.

Unfortunately when the Communist took over Vietnam, Fr Thanh along with many of the clergy was arrested and imprisoned.  He was in jail for seven years and then released but was placed under house arrest for a further 12 months before he was sent back to jail in 1984.

This time, Fr Thanh managed to escape from jail and from Vietnam altogether to Malaysia as a refugee.  He was in Malaysia for two years before he arrived in Australia in 1986.  Upon arriving to Sydney, Fr Thanh was appointed as the Chaplain of the Vietnamese Catholic Community in Sydney.  He held this position until 1992 before Cardinal Clancy sent him to Rome to study his doctorate in Theology for three years.  When he returned from Rome in 1995, Fr Thanh continued his role as the Chaplain for the Vietnamese Catholic Community in Sydney for a further five years.

After this role, Fr Thanh was appointed Assistant Priest at St Jerome's Punchbowl, before moving to Our Lady of the Rosary, Fairfield as administrator and Parish Priest between 2000 to 2003.  Fr Thanh was then appointed Vice Rector of the Good Shepherd Seminary in Homebush between 2003 and 2009.

After the Seminary, Fr Thanh held several administrator roles at various parishes – St Frances Xavier in Lurnea, St Michael in Meadowbank, Our Lady of Fatima in Caringbah before he was appointed as Parish Priest of St Christopher's Holsworthy on 15th January 2011 by Cardinal George Pell.