Joseph Dao, SJ
Joseph Dao, SJ

Joseph Dao, SJ, 38, was born and raised in Vietnam. Even as a young child, Dao was drawn to the priesthood, pretending to celebrate Mass for his parents when he was only three years old. Before coming to the U.S. as an international student, Dao studied law, embarked on a journalism career and worked in private business. When he began to discern his vocation to the priesthood, Dao’s pastor helped inspire an early interest in the Jesuits. At the age of 22, he moved to Long Beach, California, to begin a new journey in the United States. At Santa Ana College, Dao studied English while working in the school’s cafeteria and actively discerning his call to the Jesuits. In 2000, he entered the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City, California. At Loyola University Chicago, Dao earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy before being missioned back to Vietnam for a three-year project on behalf of Loyola. In 2010, Dao served at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, where he worked for the school’s community service program and helped support campus ministry. Missioned next to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, Dao earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Jose and Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland. For nearly two years, his work at Most Holy Trinity has been devoted to teaching a catechism program for autistic students, a life-affirming assignment that has helped him grow in his relationship with God. Following ordination, Dao will return to Vietnam for pastoral work. (California Province) 

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