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Archives Priest to spend one year in the North Country

Sept. 11, 2019

Father Duc D. Nguyen, a priest from the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph will serve for one year as parochial vicar at St. Patrick’s Church in Rouses Point and St. Mary’s Church in Champlain.

Father Nguyen has family in New York and made the move to be closer to them.

The 51-year-old priest was raised in the south region of Saigon, Vietnam. He’s part of a family of 14, with six sisters and seven brothers.

The family lived in the country, where they cultivated rice and raised all the family’s food on their farm.

He migrated to the United States in 1983. Father Nguyen said he received the call to become a priest when he was 13 years old.

“This was because of my parent's faith and involvement in the parish life,” he said. “And this would motivate me to become an altar server, where my vocation was nurtured and encouraged.”

After high school, he worked for a time in retail and banking before deciding to enter the seminary to pursue his vocation to the priesthood.

He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He then received a Master in Divinity degree at Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut. He was ordained May 30, 2009 in the Diocese of Kansans City-Saint Joseph.

Father Nguyen served from 2009-10 as parochial vicar, St. Therese Parish North, Kansas City, Missouri; from 2012-14 as parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish and Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission in Trenton, Missouri; and from 2014-19 as pastor of Holy Martyrs Parish in Kansas City.

Father Nguyen arrived in the North Country Sept. 4.

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