From labourer to people's priest

The fortunes of war brought Francis Tran to Australia in 1987, a refugee from Vietnam with no friends or family in Australia and no English, setting him on the usual route of such newcomers: four months in a migrant hostel followed by hard labour at the bottom of the social scale. Francis Tran, however, made a further journey from labourer to the priesthood and he is now parish priest of Milton on the NSW South Coast. After ten years, the three churches in his parish are now noticeably crowded - Brian Davies

From labourer to people's priest