Hi everyone, I am Thiet Hoang, a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. I am so excited to be at your parish to learn more about the parish environment and help people in need. This summer, I will be staying at St. Joseph the Worker and helping at Hills and Dales.
I was born and grew up in a catholic family in Vietnam. My family has eight members: my parents, three brothers, and two sisters. After finishing high school, I went to the University of Danang in Vietnam and got a degree in software engineering. I worked for two years before deciding to attend the seminary. I came to the US in August 2018, finished the English program at Divine Word College in Epworth, studied philosophy at Loras College, and now I am in my first year of Theology at Mundelein Seminary.
My vocation started while attending the Ordination Mass of my uncle when I was 11 years old. The Mass was so beautiful, and the image of the priest was stuck in my mind. From that time, I started having the idea that I would become a priest in the future. Then, when I was growing up, I tried to do things that could help me to understand more about the priesthood, such as altar serving, attending the choirs, and helping in the church. The primary motivation for my call is the happiness of loving God and learning to know and serve God through others. I believe the priesthood is the best way for me to be with God and others.
I am so glad that I have a chance to be at your parish and help at Hills and Dales. This is a great opportunity to discern my vocation and practice my future ministries in God’s will. Please pray more for me and the Vocations of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. I hope to see you and talk to you sometime this summer.