Priest who rebuilt after Katrina dies

The Rev. Michael Joseph Vinh N. Nguyen, who worked to restore Resurrection of Our Lord Church in eastern New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, died Friday after suffering a stroke.

Nguyen, who was 55, was born in South Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975, according to the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

He studied at the University of Lincoln, Nebraska; the University of New Orleans, and the Pontificio Collegio Urbano in Rome.

He entered Notre Dame Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1990.

His first assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Mary Magdalen Church from 1990 to 1994.

He then served as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena from 1994 to 1995.

He went for studies at Catholic University in 1995 and the Angelicium in Rome from 1996 to 1999.

He was parochial administrator at Resurrection of Our Lord in 2002 and was named pastor in 2003.

Nguyen served on the Pastoral Care and Practices Committee of the Priests’ Council and was the Vietnamese Representative/Liaison for the Pastoral Plan of the Vietnamese Community.

He had been working to reopen St. Nicholas of Myra as a mission of Resurrection.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, 9701 Hammond St., and from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The funeral Mass will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Interment will be in the Priests’ Tomb, St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, following the Saturday Mass.