Nguyen ordained to interim diaconate
By Frank Flegel
REGINA — Answering “I am” in a loud, clear, confident
voice all questions from Archbishop Daniel Bohan, Paul Mau Van Nguyen
began his ordination to the interim diaconate, the next to last step
Born in Vietnam 36 years ago, he is the fifth child in a family of seven. He received his early education in North Vietnam then moved to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) in the south where he entered university and graduated with a degree in information technology. He then entered the seminary and studied philosophy and theology and made it known he wanted to be a missionary.
“My family did not want me to go out of my country,” he said. “They
were concerned about language and culture.” But he prayed to
God and eventually they were happy in his choice of vocation. But where
He credits Rev. Thomas Nguyen for convincing him to come to Regina. Unlike Rev. Thomas Nguyen and other Vietnamese priests in the archdiocese, he did not have to escape the country by boat after the war. The regime changed, became softer, restrictions eased and once all the necessary papers were filled, he arrived in Regina in March 2011.
Archbishop Daniel Bohan with Paul Mau Van Nguyen
He has been studying English since his arrival and while he still has some difficulty and occasionally has to think for a second for the right words, he has progressed to where ordination to the diaconate was possible.