Bishop Joseph Nguyen Tan Tuoc blessing Massgoers after he was ordained
Newly-ordained Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Nguyen Tan Tuoc of Phu Cuong is expected to concentrate on training seminarians to be quality priests and to work closely with the poor and needy.
The new coadjutor bishop was ordained by Bishop Peter Tran Dinh Tu of Phu Cuong on April 29 in Thu Dau Mot in southern Binh Duong province. Some 32 bishops and 450 priests were present at his episcopal ordination attended by around 6,000 people.
“We hope Bishop Tuoc will pay much attention in producing high-quality priests to serve local Catholics, especially underprivileged people,” said Francisca Nguyen Thi Huong.
Huong, 61, said she is from My Hao parish where the new bishop was born and grew up.
“He [Bishop Tuoc] is a very talented clergyman with an impeccable sense of morality. We are so proud of him,” the mother of 10 said.
Bishop Tuoc, 53, was in charge of priestly formation in the diocese when he was named coadjutor bishop by Pope Benedict XVI on March 14.
He was ordained a priest on April 14, 1991 and obtained a master’s degree in biblical theology in France in 2006.
Teresa Tu Mau, who is from Tha La parish where Bishop Tuoc served as priest for nine years, said he respects and loves poor people.
“He works closely with young people, visits and gives material support to the poor, covers medical expenses for poor patients and helps families with problems reconcile with one another,” the 44-year-old woman said.
During the ordination Mass, Bishop Tu, 74, urged his new coadjutor bishop to “work for the common good; provide Christ’s mysteries for Catholics; love the clergy; look after the sick and poor; and listen to people and encourage them to work with you.”
Established in 1965, Phu Cuong diocese has 131,345 Catholics served by 179 priests and 546 Religious.
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