Holy Orders

DSJ Seminarians

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Joseph Tran (Pastoral Year)

My name is Joseph P. Trong Tran. I grew up in Vietnam and the oldest son of 4. I went to Law school for undergraduate studies before entering the Seminary. In 2012, I was sent to Mundelein under the sponsorship of Maryknoll and did my 6-year seminary formation there. After careful discernment and prayer, I decided to join the Diocese of San Jose. I am been so blessed to be a member of this great diocese.

Home parish: Holy Family.

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Tony Famave (Pastoral Year)


My name is Tony Terwase Famave, born on the 20th day of March 1981 to the family of the late Mr Famave and Mrs Ashi Ajonkwe from Benue State Nigeria. I am presently doing my STL degree at the Santa Clara
University's Jesuit School of Theology.

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Duy Nguyen (Pre-Theology I)

Originally from Vietnam, Duy (pronounced you-ee) graduated from SanGabriel High School with dreams of being a pilot; however, he settled for a bachelor degree in Computer Science at UC San Diego, and finally a doctorate degree at UC Santa Cruz. He worked for a few years in the hightech world in startup and big company but soon discovers the joy of daily mass. Soon enough, he took a plunge to enter the seminary to seek to be closer to God and discover his will for him.

Home parish: Our Lady of LaVang.

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Joseph Nguyen (Theology I)

I grew up and lived in Santa Clara with my parents and two siblings- my older sister and younger brother. I went to school at St. Martins in Sunnyvale, St. Lawrence and Bellarmine and just graduated from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. I am very involved with St.
Lawrence Parish and love playing the organ.
Home Parish: St. Lawrence the Martyr

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Angelbert Chikere (STL)

I am a Nigerian from West Africa. I am currently studying for Masters in Divinity at Jesuit School of Theology of the Santa Clara University and working as a program coordinator for the Expanded Learning Program at St. Martin de Porres School, Oakland, California. I was born and bred in Cameroon, a neighboring country to Nigeria. I am the last son of a family of six boys. I was born into a devout Catholic family. My Primary, high school and undergraduate education and formation took place in Catholic Institutions.

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Robert Lamorena (Pre-Theology I)

Hailing from Diamond Bar, CA, Robert moved to the Bay Area to earn a B.S. in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. (Go Bears!) After college, Robert pursued a career in pharmaceuticals and dermatology and moved to San Jose. There, he served as a Young Adult Ministry Coordinator focusing on college student ministry and music ministry. Robert enjoys time in adoration, praise and worship, and visiting family and friends.

Home Parish: St. Martin of Tours Parish

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Ryan Mau ( Pre-Theology I)


I am currently 32 years old and I am originally from Southern California. I moved up to San Jose in 2015 to go to school at San Jose State, and graduated in 2017. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, traveling to different places, and being outside playing basketball and ultimate frisbee.

Home Parish: St. Francis of Assisi

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Ricky Ferrer (Pastoral Year)

Ricardo S. Ferrer Jr. was born on July 6, 1989 in the island of Cebu, a province of the Philippines, to Mr. Ricardo I Ferrer Sr. and Mrs. Fe S. Ferrer. He is the youngest of four, with two brothers and a sister. Although his family and relatives calls him “King King,” he is commonly known as Ricky to most. Growing up with a heart that desired to serve others, he served at a young age and was appointed youth minister at the early age of 16 in the Philippines. After working a while in the corporate world, he was humbled and honored to serve as the Safe Environment coordinator for the Diocese of San Jose for 2 years, while also working as a full-time volunteer youth minister at his home parish Saint Maria Goretti. Currently, he serves as the facilities manager there and taking on several volunteer roles such as being the Festival Chair for last year and this year’s parish festival. Although he keeps himself busy through church activities and responsibilities, he loves to cook, bake and spend quality time with his family and friends. Some may call it a coincidence, but being that he was born on her Feast Day, he truly believed that he was led to serve at Saint Maria Goretti to fully discern and answer his calling.

Home Parish: St. Maria Goretti

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Manuel Barrios (Theology I)


Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. Graduated from Gavilan College in 2012 with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. Played in a band for many years in the Bay area and worked in sales. Now, I am answering to the Lord’s calling and I use the talents He gave me for His Church.

Home Parish: St. Mary Parish, Gilroy

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Robain Lamba (Theology III)


Originally from Cameroon. Worked as an IT Professional in the Bay Area before entering seminary.

Home Parish: Our Lady of Peace

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Victor Trinidad (Theology IV)


San Jose, born and raised. Has a B.S. in Computer Science from SJSU. Enjoys long walks on the beach.

Home Parish: St. Victor

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John Hoang (Theology IV)

Home Parish: St. Victor