Fr. Tho Vu, SJ
Fr. Tho Vu, SJ
Fr. Tho Vu, S.J., was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. At the age of 6 he and his family immigrated to Omaha, Nebraska, where they were members of Holy Name Parish, and Tho later enrolled at Creighton University. While earning a bachelor’s degree in emergency medicine as a paramedic, he worked in the medical school library and was a lab technician at Creighton University Medical Center. Tho attended evening Mass regularly and began seriously discerning a vocation to the Society of Jesus in his senior year, inspired by his grandmother’s encouragement and by various Jesuits at Creighton. He entered the 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, Tho completed studies in philosophy and theology at Saint Louis University. He 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, Tho became an associate pastoral intern at Saint Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul, where he worked in marriage prep, served as the RCIA director and helped create a young adults group at the parish. He next earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. As a deacon, Tho ministered at the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, preaching and directing the RCIA program. His medical background has figured significantly in his Jesuit formation. In the summers, Tho has completed 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. Tho will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving with the School Sisters of St. Francis at St. Joseph’s Chapel in Milwaukee. (USA Midwest Province)

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