Vincent P. Duong, SJ
Vincent P. Duong, SJ

Vincent P. Duong, SJ, 38, spent the first 16 years of his life in his native Vietnam, one of six children. When his family immigrated to America in 1992, Duong didn’t know a word of English and had to quickly adapt after being enrolled in high school in San Diego. After attending community college, Duong enrolled at San Diego State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2000. Although a vocation was on Duong’s mind even from an early age, he decided to embark on a career in web development, which he pursued while continuing graduate studies in computer science. When his mother introduced Duong to a Vietnamese Jesuit, he began several years of discernment and spiritual direction, which led to his decision to enter the Society of Jesus in 2003. After two years at the novitiate in Culver City, California, Duong was missioned to Loyola University Chicago to study philosophy and theology. For his three-year regency assignment at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, Duong taught computer science, worked with the school’s campus ministry office and helped students prepare for confirmation. Because he was interested in exploring the global aspect of the Society of Jesus, Duong asked to be missioned to Regis College, the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto, for theology studies. There, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at a predominantly Vietnamese parish in Toronto and at the Newman Center at the University of Toronto. Among his many memorable formation experiences is a 2010 summer trip to Vietnam, his first visit since leaving his homeland, to provide retreats for Vietnamese nuns and to visit family and friends he had not seen in two decades. This fall, Duong will return to Regis College to complete a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a master’s degree in theology. (California Province) 

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