Fr. Quang D. Tran, SJ
Fr. Quang D. Tran, SJ

Fr. Quang D. Tran, SJ, 30, was born and raised in a predominantly Vietnamese Catholic area of New Orleans. His parents met in New Orleans after both escaped Vietnam after the war, and growing up, Tran’s family had a devotion to St. Francis Xavier, though Fr. Tran didn’t know the saint was a Jesuit. Fr. Tran wanted to be a priest since he was a child, but he didn’t discover the Jesuits until his senior year of high school, when a Jesuit-educated teacher suggested he look them up. He decided to join the Society overnight after reading about the order on the Internet one evening—the Jesuits combined the Christ-centered, contemplative and missionary life he was searching for. His spiritual director, a Sacred Heart brother, strongly encouraged the decision. After graduating from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans in 2002, he entered the Society of Jesus. As a novice, he lived in a L’Arche community with people who have intellectual and physical disabilities in Mobile, Alabama, and helped staff a soup kitchen in Tijuana, Mexico. In 2008, he earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and English from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he spent his third year abroad at the Jesuits’ Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. Next, Fr. Tran taught one semester in Macau, China, and then spent two years teaching Spanish and helping with campus ministry retreats at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. Missioned next to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, he earned his Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He also served as a deacon at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, and Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California, preaching in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. After his ordination, Fr. Tran will serve at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis. He will celebrate his first Mass as a priest at Mary Queen of Vietnam Parish in New Orleans. (Central and Southern Province)

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