On Tuesday 1 November, Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta, addressed the staff and students at Tangara School for Girls during an afternoon
High School assembly.
Bishop Long was born in Vietnam and came to Australia as a boat person 36 years ago. During his address, the Bishop reflected in the very difficult situation
of boat people today, noting that if he was seeking asylum in Australia in 2016, he would never have been able to settle here. The Bishop shared his
passion for social justice, stating that caring for the vulnerable is a Gospel imperative and a fundamental element of the teachings of Jesus.
“As Christians we have a duty towards migrants and refugees,” Bishop Long said.
“We have to build bridges to help people and care for their humanity, recognising that every person has fundamental dignity as human beings, made in the
image and likeness of God.”
Bishop Long added that it is so important young students to form a conscience that is centred on Christ. Reflecting on the Gospel of the Beatitudes, the
Bishop reminded students that each us are called to be saints - and to do achieve this we need to live the beatitudes well wherever we are.
Bishop Long applauded the Christian ethos that is lived out very evidently at Tangara, noting that the students who are fortunate enough to have the support
of a School such as Tangara have an obligation to serve society.
“I hope that each one of you will become real witnesses of Christ, labourers for Jesus, people who will infiltrate society and change our culture,” Bishop
“By equipping yourself with academic learning, you are also equipping yourself with the Gospel. In this way you can be real witnesses of Christ in society.”
The Bishop concluded with some words of hope, explaining he would not be who he is today if it was not for the most difficult times in his life. He encouraged
Tangara’s staff and students to remain positive in the face of adversity, and through prayer, to remain a source of hope for all we encounter.
“Thank you for being the future face of our country and of the. May that hope, faith and love form you into the persons God has destined you to be.”
In the photo from left to right: Charlotte Sarkis (Tangara Vice-Captain), Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta, and Taris Watson (Tangara School Captain).