Bishop Konderla will ordain Deacon Duy Nguyen to the priesthood at the end of May and will assign him as Associate Pastor at the Church of Saint Mary.
Father Jack Gleason, Pastor of the Church of Saint Mary, said, “I am excited to have Father Duy here. I think he will be a great fit – especially at the School of Saint Mary. He will serve two days every week at Bishop Kelley High School as one of their chaplains.”
Deacon Duy (pronounced Zwee) will be ordained a priest on Saturday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Cathedral.
Deacon Duy sent our parish and school this message:
My name is Dcn. Duy Vu-Trong Nguyen (soon to be YOUR priest). I am from Vietnam and born in a Catholic family. Growing up, my other five siblings and I were always encouraged to practice the faith and to pray for an increase in vocations to the Consecrated Life and the Priesthood. From a very early age, around 12-13 years old, I thought I was called to the priesthood because I liked to play saying mass with my brother and our friends. That desire, however, was replaced by other things when I was a little bit older.
In 2005 when my family immigrated to the U.S., the desire to become a priest was once again rekindled in my heart, and I began to respond to it after talking to my parents and my pastor. Before entering into the Seminary Program, I attended the Tulsa Community College for two years, and then I transferred to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where I went to the College Seminary – St. John Vianney – for three years. Since 2013, I have been studying theology at the Mount St. Mary’s of the West Seminary in Cincinnati, OH.
As much as I enjoyed studying and researching, I am so looking forward to sharing my priestly ministry with the parish of St. Mary’s. I have heard so many good things about the community, and I am so excited to be a part of this parish. Please know that since the day I was told about my assignment, I have been thinking and praying for you. Please pray for me and for more vocations to the Consecrated Life and the Priesthood! If I can be of your assistance, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, and I am very excited to meet all of you this summer!
Dcn. Duy Nguyen