Bishop Dominic M. Luong, appointed Titular Bishop of Cebarades and Auxiliary Bishop of Orange on April 25, 2003, was ordained on June 11, 2003 at Saint Columban Church, Garden Grove. His coat of arms is “You are strangers and aliens no longer” (Eph. 2:19).
Bishop Luong was born in Vietnam on December 20, 1940. He attended French-Vietnamese 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 a Master’s Degree in Science. Bishop 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.
Bishop Luong was a hospital chaplain in Buffalo, from 1966-1975; Associate Pastor of St. Louis Church, Buffalo, from 1975-1976; Director of the Vietnamese Apostolate, New Orleans, from 1976-1983. He was appointed pastor of Mary, Queen of Vietnamese Church, New Orleans in 1983, named Monsignor by Pope John-Paul II in 1986. He served as Director of the National Pastoral Center for the Vietnamese Apostolate, from 1989-2003, member of the New Orleans Archdiocesan Priests’ Council from 1987 to 2003, and dean of New Orleans East 2002-2003.