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Fr. Thuan Nguyen

Our associate pastor, Father Thuan, is solemn and soft-spoken at first meeting. Then he smiles and one begins to sense the possibilities behind his quiet demeanor.He comes to us following ten very productive years as pastor of Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Phoenix, Arizona. There he led the new 660-family parish in building a new church – so he is no stranger to capital campaigns! Previous to that assignment, he was associate pastor for three years at the Dominican parish of Most Holy Trinity in Phoenix, a multi-cultural parish with English, Vietnamese and Spanish communities much like our own.Fr. Thuan was born in Vietnam in 1958; Joseph is his baptismal name, but he uses Thuan (pronounced Too-án). The middle child among five surviving siblings, he has two older sisters who are Catholic nuns in Vietnam. After two years’ hiatus in Thailand, he settled in Canada in 1989 and was ordained there in 1993. Fr. Thuan arrived in Northern California in 1996 to continue his priestly studies.After his pastorate in Phoenix (1999-2014), he spent a short time as a resident at Our Lady of LorettoParish in Los Angeles. Fr. Thuan is currently transferring his service to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from the Canadian vicariate of the Dominican Order. When Fr. Thuan celebrated his first Mass with the Vietnamese Community at OLA. They were joined by 40 parishioners from his former parish in Phoenix who took advantage of the holiday weekend to travel to Claremont and support him in his new assignment. Visitors included parishioners from Our Lady of Loretto and St. Anthony’s Parish in San Gabriel.