On behalf of the St. Francis of Assisi Community, I welcome Fr. Michael Syjueco and Fr. Khoa Vu who were assigned here as parochial vicars by Bishop McGrath and who joined us on July 1.
Fr. Michael is from Cavite Molino in the Philippines but he was raised in Malabon, Metro Manila. He went to the Jesuit Xavier School for elementary and high school education and then to De La Salle University.
He came to the US in 2004 and felt a call to join the Carmelite Monastery of Mt. Saint Joseph in San Jose. He spent time there, and in Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon, as a religious brother. He then felt another call to become a diocesan priest and to serve the Lord doing pastoral work.
He entered St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park to study for the Diocese of San Jose. and was ordained on June 22, 2013. He was assigned as parochial vicar in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose, where he distinguished himself in working on the Liturgy. We are happy to welcome him to St. Francis of Assisi and look forward to working with him as he continues his priestly ministry.
Fr. Khoa Vu was born and raised in San Jose where he went to Silver Creek H.S. and then graduated from Oak Grove H.S. He went to U.C. Davis and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy. Like Fr. Michael he felt called to the priesthood and went to St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park to study for the Diocese of San Jose. He was just ordained a priest on June3, 2017 by Bishop McGrath, and he came here on July 1 on his first assignment as a priest.
Fr. Khoa is nephew of Fr.Lieu Vu who serves in St. Christopher Parish, San Jose. He holds the distinction of being the first Vietnamese American priest of the Diocese of San Jose. He served as a Deacon in St. Elizabeth Parish, Milpitas, and has worked with youth in Our Lady of La Vang and Most Holy Trinity. He is well known in the youth community of the Diocese. He also works with the Legion of Mary, the Eucharistic Youth and various other groups.
We are very happy that Bishop McGrath assigned him here and we look forward to working with him and supporting him in his ministry ad multos annos.
Again, we welcome you Fr. Michael and Fr. Khoa and May the Lord prosper the work of your hands.