Regional Bishop’s Office - Eastern Pastoral Region
Bishop Vincent Hieu Nguyen is Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto with responsibility for the Eastern Region which includes 40 parishes and missions in Scarborough and Durham Region. Bishop Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam arriving in Canada in 1984. After completing his high school education in Toronto, he achieved a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Toronto in 1991. He earned his Masters of Divinity from St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto in 1998. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1998. Bishop Nguyen was awarded a licentiate in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome in 2008. He was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Spiritual Affairs in August 2008. In September 2009, Bishop Nguyen was appointed as Chancellor of Spiritual Affairs and Moderator of the Curia. On November 6, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto. His episcopal ordination took place at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto on January 13, 2010.
In addition to his regional responsibilities, Bishop Nguyen is also the Vicar for Permanent Deacons.
Explanation of the Coat of Arms for Bishop Vincent Nguyen
The shield of Bishop Nguyen's coat of arms is on a standard bearing a cross with the five wounds of Christ. The shield is divided into two main sections. The top section is based on the Book of Revelations 7:9, where the multitude of martyrs, with palm branches in their hands, stand before the throne of the Lamb. The drop of blood flanked by two palm branches has special family significance for Bishop Nguyen as his great-great-grandfather is one of the Vietnamese Martyrs. The bottom half symbolizes not only the mandate given to the Apostles to be fishers of men, but also recognizes the Bishop as one of the boat people who came to Canada from Vietnam.
His motto "Ego Vobiscum Sum" (I am with you) are the words of Jesus at the end of Matthew's Gospel (Mt 28:20). It is a reminder to the bishop that the Triune God is with him as he responds to his Episcopal call to be present and involved with the People of God as they together bear witness to Christ.