Testimonies: Fr. Joseph Phuong Nguyen

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Fr. Joseph Phuong Nguyen

A stormy journey to the Altar

by Fr. Joseph Phuong Nguyen, Vocations Director Fr. Joseph Nguyen was born in Vietnam. From a young age, Fr. Joseph knew a deep love for God and he consequently entered minor seminary at the young age of 11. After completing his high school education, Nguyen pursued studies in philosophy and theology in preparation for the priesthood. His vocation was not to be... Read More

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Testimonies: Fr. Ron W. Thompson

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Fr. Ronald W. Thompson

The Lord is good!


by Fr. Ronald W. Thompson, Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Port Coquitlam

I grew up in a Vancouver city parish that was described by a former priest there as "Every parish has good people; this parish has so many good people. "Every parish has good people; this parish has so many good people." In fact, not only our spiritual lives but also our social... Read More

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Testimonies: Msgr. Gregory, Smith

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Msgr. Gregory Smith

Not much drama—but much joy

by Msgr. Gregory Smith, Pastor of Christ the Redeemer, West Vancouver The story of my vocation began when an angel appeared to me and told me that God was calling me to be a priest. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth—though I probably caught your attention! There’s another reason I started with that misleading statement: it points to a mistake I... Read More

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Testimonies: Sr. Rhonda Brown, DSMP

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Sr. Rhonda Brown, DSMP

If He calls say “Yes”!


Some people know from the time they are little that they want to dedicate their lives to Jesus. I never really thought about it until I was 19. Then one night, when I was praying my Rosary, I heard God tell me that He wanted me to be a nun. Personally, I wasn’t crazy about the idea. I didn’t really see why God needed nuns. Back then I thought that everyone prayed, and I knew many... Read More

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Testimonies: Fr. Vincent J. Hawkswell

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Fr. Vincent J. Hawkswell

Don’t wait for a sign!


by Fr. Vincent J. Hawkswell, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Vancouver

My father's mother was a cradle Catholic from Aachen, in Germany; my father's father, a woolen merchant from Bradford in Yorkshire, England, became a Catholic in 1928, when he was 62. My mother's father was an Anglican clergyman all his life, but my mother's mother... Read More

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Testimonies: Fr. Bryan Duggan

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Fr. Bryan Duggan

Becoming a priest - not a Prime Minister


Everyone’s path to God is totally unique, and no stories are the same. However, there do seem to be two main types of vocation stories. There are those who come gradually to learn God’s will, who over a period of years or even a lifetime experience being slowly drawn towards the priesthood or religious life. Then there are those who seem to receive their call in an instant,... Read More

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