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A WORD FROM OUR NEWLY ORDAINED
When I was just 15, I met the Oblates of the Virgin Mary at our parish in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. The four priests there were giving an energetic day of retreat for the parish, each giving a talk, and inviting the whole community to fellowship and prayer, all around the theme of Divine Mercy: those Oblates heard confessions all day long! My whole family was captivated. Over the summer that followed, I began to sense the call to follow Jesus more closely like these men, dedicated to the Church and pouring themselves out for all of us, God’s people, and I entered after college, in 2010.
In 2016-2017, after completing six years of seminary, I served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice, Florida, giving conferences just like the first Oblates I met back in 2003, and offering spiritual direction, as so many of us love to do. Now, having completed my course of studies with the Master’s degree in theology with thesis, I will begin my first long-term assignment at St. Mary’s in Alton, IL.
I am also excited to announce my priestly ordination on August 4, 2018 at St. Peter Chanel in Hawaiian Gardens, CA!
Thank you so much for your indispensable prayers and support over the years! May the risen Christ fill you with his joy and love!
--Deacon Paul Nguyen, OMV