Please Welcome Rev. Tho Vu, S.J. Who Will Assist Holy Family Notre Dame de Chicago Parish
Ordained a Jesuit priest in 2018, Fr. Vu has a diversified international background of service and ministry. He will be a neighbor, residing at the nearby Jesuit house on Taylor Street while he pursues medical studies here in Chicago. Understandably, Fr. Vu’s service at Holy Family Notre Dame de Chicago parish will be limited to the Sunday morning liturgies.
Fr. Vu, S.J., was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. At the age of six he and his family immigrated to Omaha, Nebraska, where they were members of Holy Name Parish. He earned a bachelor’s degree in emergency medicine as a paramedic at Creighton University, a Jesuit institution, where he worked in the medical school library and was a lab technician at the University’s Medical Center.
Inspired by his grandmother’s encouragement and by Jesuits at Creighton, Fr.
Vu entered the Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2007 and was sent to the Dominican Republic, where the Institute for Latin American Concern reignited his passion for health care and medicine. In 2009, he completed studies in philosophy and theology at Saint Louis University and then taught Scripture at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School-Twin Cities in Minneapolis while coaching soccer and working with the school nurse and with campus ministry.
In 2014, Fr. Vu became an associate pastoral intern at Saint Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul, where he worked in marriage preparation, served as the RCIA director and helped create a young adult group at the parish. Next, he earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. As a deacon, he ministered at the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, preaching and directing the RCIA program.
Fr. Vu’s medical background has figured significantly in his Jesuit formation. In summers, he engaged in medical immersion trips to Honduras, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He accompanied a medical student group to Guatemala as a chaplain and spent three months in a rural village in northeast India ministering in a dispensary.
We welcome Fr. Vu as he continues the Jesuit community’s long history of service in Holy Family Church.