Fr. Matthew Nguyen was born and raised in Da Nang city, South Vietnam, the fourth of seven children. He began his long journey to the priesthood there when he entered St. John Junior Seminary in Da Nang in 1973 at age 11.
After his seminary was closed by the Communists in 1980, he attended seminary underground. When it became clear he would never be ordained in his own country, he tried to escape seven times and almost died in a small boat adrift on the Pacific Ocean before being rescued by the Malaysian navy.
After a year in Pulau Bidong refugee camp, Malaysia, he was sponsored by the Canadian government and arrived in Vancouver on May 24, 1989. He took English classes, work at several jobs, and then studies in seminaries in Mission, B.C.(1991-1993) Ottawa (1993-1994) and Oregon, USA (1995-2000) before finally being ordained priest for Prince Albert Diocese by Bishop Blaise Morand on May 19, 2000. His first assignment was in Wakaw from September 2, 2000 to July 31, 2004 (Therese Jelinski - Daily Herald May 2000)
His second assignment was at St. Joseph Parish in Prince Albert from August 1, 2004 to July 31, 2011.
The next assignment was at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert from August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2018.
Currently, Fr. Matthew is serving at St. Isidore parish (Bellevue), The Shrine of St. Therese, Wakaw and St. Bernadette Mission, One Arrow Reserve.