Mr. An Vu's conversion to the Catholicism took place under extraordinary circumstances. God called Mr. Vu while his physical freedom was denied of him as a political prisoner. His loss of personal freedom paradoxically helped him to reflect in a deeper way on the spiritual freedom of those who accepted the invitation to become a child of God. Mr. An Vu enthusiastically embraced God's grace and was received into the Catholic Church by a fellow prisoner. From that moment on, he has learned to say "yes" to God in all things. When his health deteriorated due to a heart condition, he was steadfast in his faith. Gradually, he regained his strength, and, in the process, discovered that anything is possible with faith.
Mr. An Vu's road to holy order has been an arduous one, but he persevered in the faith and the hope that God would complete in him what he has started. He responded enthusiastically to the call to serve the Church as a deacon. He has never wavered in his belief that God has called in this capacity. The dedication to his intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral formation as a candidate has been inspiring! I am very glad to have been playing a part of his preparation for order .
Fr. Luan Tran
Pastor of St. Frederic Parish
St. Helens, Oregon.