Vocation and Youth Ministry News

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ ‘Here I am,’ I said; ‘send me!'”

-Isaiah 6:8

Formation assignments

During their visit with the Provincial Council last week, Frs. Joseph Thien Dinh, SCJ, and Frank Wittouck, SCJ, shared updates of student assignments for the year ahead.

Summer assignments: Frater Michael Wodarczyk, SCJ, will do CPE at St. Camillus in Milwaukee, Fraters Jacob Smith, SCJ and Truc Tran. SCJ, will be in Mississippi, and Frater Thuan Nguyen, SCJ, and Candidate Michael Iwuchukwu will be in South Dakota.

Next fall, three of the seminarians will begin their pastoral year assignments: Frater Michael will be in Texas, Frater Thuan will be in Mississippi, and Frater Truc will be in South Dakota.

Frater Hung Pham, SCJ, will soon complete his pastoral year at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Houston and return to studies at SHSST. Frater Jonathan Nguyen Vuong, SCJ, will remain in Mississippi to continue ministry with SHSM while doing his undergraduate studies.

Frater Michael is pictured above at St. Martin of Tours on Holy Saturday. Photo credit: Br. Andy Gancarczyk, SCJ

Another step along the way

Congratulations to Deacon Paul Phong Hoang, SCJ, who made his profession of faith and oath of fidelity and oath of knowledge and freedom during Mass last week with the St. Michael Community in Nesbit, MS. The oaths are among the final steps in the process toward priesthood ordination. Dn. Paul will be ordained to the priesthood at Our Lady of Guadalupe Houston on June 1. Please keep him in your prayers during these final months of preparation.


On Founder’s Day, four of SCJ seminarians received ministries: Frater Jacob Smith, SCJ (Lector), Frater Thuan Nguyen, SCJ (Acolyte), Frater Truc Tran, SCJ (Acolyte), and Frater Michael Wodarczyk, SCJ (Acolyte). The ceremony took place during Mass with the Sacred Heart Monastery community. The four students are pictured above with Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ.

Click here to access photos from the ceremony