Most Reverend Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho

By: Michael Appleman, CEO

Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho was a very loving and caring man. Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho was a model for all of God's love, kindness and modesty. He lived his life to do God's work. When a person came to Bishop Peter Nho in need, Bishop Peter Nho prayed for them and then searched for a way to help resolve their issues. People who knew Bishop Peter Nho looked up to and learned from him. Everyone that has been in contact with Bishop Peter Nho cried when they heard of his death. They understand that Bishop Peter Nho is in Heaven with God and will be continuing his work.

Back in April and November/December 2002 I have the honor to meet with Bishop Peter (Pierre) Nguyen Van Nho in Nha Trang, Viet Nam during BSTTW's trips to Viet Nam. In 2002 BSTTW did not only meet with Bishop Peter, I was met with the Vietnamese and US Government officials in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. During my trip to Ha Noi I was taken to one of the burn unit and rehabilitation centers that the Vietnamese Government offered to their burn victims.


During my trips to Nha Trang, Viet Nam I was able to spend time with the honorable Bishop Peter (Pierre) Nguyen Van Nho. We spoke about the work that BSTTW has been offering and what we would like to do in Viet Nam in order to help the burn victims and burn survivors and also increase fire safety education that could help to decrease the number of fires, deaths, injuries and property damage. Bishop Pierre was so excited about the work that BSTTW was willing to offer to the burn survivor community in Viet Nam and to the people of Viet Nam that he took time to pray with me to God our Father and also informed me that he was willing to do anything he could to help BSTTW and the people in Viet Nam and the world.

During my first tript in April 2002 Bishop Pierre also found time to spead the afternoon with me and his family and to have his family cook a special Vietnamese meal for me. During my second trip to Viet Nam in November/December 2002 Bishop Pierre took me with his family to a special fishing hole in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. He had his relatives catch the fish and then Bishop Pierre's family cooked the fish and we all ate at the Bishop's family home in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. I must say that it was an honor for me personally and for BSTTW to meet with, talk to, spend time, pray to God our Father with and to discuss goals of helping the burn survivors and the public in Viet Nam with the honorable Bishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nho. I am very sorry that in May 2003 Bishop Pierre passed away. Today he is in heaven doing work for God our Father from above.

God Bless You Bishop Peter (Pierre) Nguyen Van Nho

It is our duty to continue Bishop Peter Nho's work on the earth while we are still alive.

Below is background information about Bishop Nguyen Van Nho and many pictures.

  Doctor Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho was born on January 25, 1937 in Vo Cang (Binh Cang Parish), Nha Trang, Viet Nam.

    -  1937 - 1954: he studied at the Minor Seminary in Nha Trang, Viet Nam.

    -  1955 - 1957: Nguyen Van Nho was the dean of students at Lang Song Minor Seminary in Quy Nhon, Viet Nam.

    -  1957 - 1960: he studied at Thien Huu (Providence) Preparatory Academy in Hue, Viet Nam.

    -  1960 - 1967: Nguyen Van Nho studied at St. Pius X Pontifical University-Seminary Dalat, Viet Nam.

    -  1967: Nguyen Van Nho Graduated with a Bachelor degree in Arts at the Catholic University in Dalat, Viet Nam.

  On Dec 21, 1967 Nguyen Van Nho was ordained to the priest hood by the deceased Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan,

      then Bishop of Nha Trang, Viet Nam.

    -  1968 - 1971: Father Nho was Rector, at the Sao Bien Minor Seminary.


    -  1971 - 1975: Father Nho went to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy to continue his studies. Father Nho graduated in 1975 with a doctorate degree in Theology (STD). Father Nho returned to Viet Nam on April 20, 1975.

    -  1975-1979: Father Nho became the Rector at Sao Bien Major Seminary, Nha Trang, Viet Nam.

    -  1979 - 1991: Father Nho became Pastor at the Ha Dua Parish, in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. Concurrently Father Nho was responsible of overseeing the diocese's off campus priestly formation. This work was due to the political conditions in Viet Nam.

    -  1991-death: Father Nho again was given the position as Rector at the New Sao Bien Major Seminary for the dioceses in Nha Trang, Qui Nhon and Ban Me Thuot, Viet Nam. Father Nho was the founder, professor and in charge of the New Sao Bien Major Seminary.

  On June 18, 1997 Father Nguyen Van Nho was given the Episcopal Ordination to be the Most Reverend Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho, by The Most Reverend Paul Nguyen Van Hoa, the Bishop and principal consecrator in Nha Trang, Viet Nam.

  In 2001, while continuing the Rector position, Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho was elected to be the Bishops Conference's Committee Chairman for Sacred Art and Music. His term was 2001-2004.

On May 21, 2003 at 23:36 Most Reverend Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho passed away.

His family living in both Viet Nam and the United States were by his side.

Most Reverend Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho was put to rest at the Cathedral in Nha Trang, Viet Nam.

Below are Pictures of The Most Reverend Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nho