Msgr. James Ninh Van Pham
Msgr. James Ninh Van Pham
Msgr. James Ninh Van Pham died May 26 in Portland. He was born in Vietnam in August 1937 and ordained in May 1967 in Saigon. He earned master’s degrees in sociology and psychology from the University of Saigon.

He served in his country during war time as a pastor, principal and military chaplain. While riding his motorcycle in 1972, Msgr. Pham was wounded by an exploding bomb.

He came to the United States in 1975 after the fall of Saigon and served in the Archdiocese of Portland as one of the first parish priests and later episcopal vicar for Our Lady of La Vang Parish, home to many Vietnamese refugees and their descendants. He was incardinated here in 1988 and was named a monsignor in 2008.

But in August 2008 he was placed on leave and in 2009 was retired, being removed from active ministry according to the norms of the U.S. bishops’ Dallas Charter on the sexual abuse of minors.

Funeral arrangements are private and for family and friends.