My name is Father Francis Dzung Nguyen. I was born in 1978, in a small town in Bui Chu diocese, which is near the capital city of Hanoi - Vietnam. My childhood was blessed with love, hope, faith, and prayer.
There are four people in my family. I am the oldest, so I always set a good example for my younger brother. I spend my free time in reading, listening to music, and watching television. I love to meet friends and to have lunch or dinner with them. In general, I like to eat chick, potatoes, and rice. I prefer fresh cauliflower and carrots to broccoli. My parents were farmers in Vietnam. But now both of my parents are living in Australia and my younger brother is still staying in Vietnam. My parents have been a signifiant part of my religious formation and my vocation.
After finishing a 4 year degree and working 3 years in a company in Vietnam, I started to talk with Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet, the Archbishop of Hanoi who helped me discover that I had the missionary spirit. In 2009, I entered seminary in the United States, which provided me with an excellent experience for my personal, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral growth. I have gained knowledge in philosophy and theology, and I have learned more about teamwork, solidarity, and leadership. The knowledge and experience have strengthened my priestly vocation and skills in serving Church.
My desire is to serve the good people of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, who are God’s holy people. On June 4th, 2016, the Archbishop rested his hands on my head as I kneeled, and he ordained me as a priest of Jesus Christ. I am truly blessed that I am serving the Lord and his people in the priestly ministry. I am very happy in the beginning of my ministry in the Visitation of Our Lady Parish. I am here in our parish to learn and to serve. Please be patient with me, pray for me, and my vocation. I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you.