Parish Staff

Fr John Vo Vien (Parish Priest)

I trust this message finds each of you well and in good spirits. It is with great joy and gratitude that I extend my warmest greetings as your new Parish Administrator.

Firstly, I wish to thank you every one of you for your support and love. You have welcomed me and accepted me as your own. I have truly been blessed to be among the Forster Tuncurry Parish community.

Secondly, let me share a bit about myself: My name is Father John Vo Vien. I was born and raised in Vietnam in a family of four children, two boys and two girls. I have four nephews and two nieces. My parents, Matthew and Lucia, are retired but still involved in the church as volunteers. As for me, I was ordained in Vietnam on 3rd December 2010. I came to Australia in May 2015. I served as an Assistant Priest for thirteen years (five years in the Diocese of Nha Trang, Vietnam and eight years in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle) in various parishes, including Quang Thuan Parish, Ho Diem Parish, Sugarloaf Parish, Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish East Lake Macquarie, the City Pastoral Region, Maitland Catholic Parishes of the Chisholm Pastoral Region.

As we embark on this journey together, I look forward to getting to know you and working with the Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Council, Parish Secretary, Volunteers and every one of you to create a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive environment within our shared faith community.

As your pastor, my commitment is to serve with compassion, dedication, and an open heart. I am here not only to serve but also to learn and grow with you. Together, let us continue to build a community rooted in faith, love, hope and mutual support.

Fr John

Danielle Kingdom (Admin Assistant)

I moved to NSW from Darwin, NT, in May 2018. I have two children who are thoroughly enjoying our change of lifestyle. We’ve settled into our new home out at Smith’s Lake and are enjoying the beautiful beaches and surrounding national parks this area has to offer. We love getting out and exploring on the weekends. I previously worked as an Administration Assistant for The Salvation Army in the community support sector and enjoy working for organisations that are focused on community assistance and engagement. The parish community here is very welcoming and I look forward to working with all our wonderful volunteers as well as getting to know the parishioners.

Parish Staff can be contacted via the Contact Us page.