Archbishop Sartain to ordain Vietnamese priest

Deacon Thanh Dinh Vo. Photo: Courtesy of Domus Dei Deacon Thanh Dinh Vo. Photo: Courtesy of Domus Dei

SEATTLE – Archbishop J. Peter Sartain will ordain Deacon Thanh Dinh Vo a priest for the Domus Dei Clerical Society of Apostolic Life on June 25, in addition to the four priests he will ordain for the Archdiocese of Seattle, said Father Gary Zender, the archdiocesan vicar for clergy. The ordination Mass will be at 10 a.m. at St. James Cathedral.

Domus Dei priests serve at several Western Washington parishes, including Holy Family in Auburn, Our Lady of Lourdes in Seattle and St. Thomas in Tukwila.

According to Domus Dei’s local superior, Father Francis Bui, Deacon Vo was born March 29, 1979, in Baria, Vietnam, to Thinh Dinh Vo and Dung Thi Nguyen. He graduated from Pleiku High School in Gialai, Vietnam, in 1997. In 2003, he joined the Domus Dei Clerical Society of Apostolic Life in Vietnam. He made his first vows on June 6, 2006. He completed philosophical studies at the Dominican Center of Studies and an M.Div. program at the Paul Nguyen Van Binh Theological Institute, both in the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City. He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Doc Bui, archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City, on Sept. 19, 2014.

He served two pastoral internships as a catechist and parish organizer in the Can Tho Diocese: from July 2008 to June 2009 at Kenh Nuoc Len Parish, and from July 2013 to June 2014 at Quan Long Parish.

In 2015, he received a full scholarship for an M.A. program at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. After his priestly ordination, he will return to Connecticut to complete the program.

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