Città del Vaticano (Agenzia Fides) – The Holy Father, Francis on 8 April 2017, appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the diocese of Dà Lat (Viêt Nam) Rev. Dominic Nguyen Van Manh, Judicial Vicar of the same diocese.
Rev. Dominic Nguyen Van Manh was born on 12 August 1955 in Can Tho. Between 1966 and 1973 he attended the Simon Hoa Minor Seminary in Dà Lat. From 1973 to 1977 he studied Philosophy and Theology and the St. Pius X College in Dà Lat, and then remained as Guardian at the College from 1977 to 1980. He was ordained a priest on 29 May 1994 for the Diocese of Dà Lat.
Since his ordination he has served as follows: 1994-2003: Parish Vicar of Tan Hoa, Bao Loc parish; 2003-2009: Studies in Rome at the Pontifical Urban University, where he obtained a Doctorate Canon Law; during which period he resided at the S. Paolo Pontifical College ; since 2009: Judicial Vicar in the Diocese of Dà Lat.
The diocese of Dà Lat (1960), is a suffragan of Hochiminh Ville Archdiocese. It covers an area of 8,764 sq.km and has a population of 1,246,200, of whom 377,492 are Catholics. They are gathered in 96 parishes served by 290 priests (166 diocesan and 124 religious), assisted by 275 men religious not priests and 932 women religious. The diocese has 76 major seminarians. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 10/4/2017)