Personal Profile: Father Minh Tran
June 6, 2022
Background: Born in Vietnam. Home parish, St. Columbkille, Papillion. Parents, Tran Van Tu and Nguyen Thi Thin; siblings, Tran Le Thu Khoa, Tran Le Phuong Thao, Tran Le Phuong Thuy, Tran Le Minh Quan and Tran Le Hoang Quynh, all Vietnam, and Tran Le Phuong Tram, Houston; uncle and aunt, Luong and Chau Pham, Papillion.
Education: College of Technical Industrial Economics, Vietnam; Institutum Sapientiae-Ordinis Canonicorum Regularium Sanctae Crucis, Brazil; Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas; Assumption Seminary, San Antonio.
Activities/Ministries: St. Columbkille Parish, Papillion; pastoral year at St. Thomas More Parish, Omaha; pastoral care at Morningside at the Meadows Assisted Living, San Antonio; youth faith formation at San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio; RCIA at Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, San Antonio; pastoral year at St. Ann Catholic Church, San Antonio and St. Paul Catholic Church, both San Antonio.
Summer assignments: Institute for Priestly Formation, Omaha; St. Bernadette Parish, Bellevue; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Omaha. St. Patrick Parish, Fremont.
Reflections on ordination: “I choose God’s words for my life and ministry, “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are” (John 17:11). I live like anyone else, but I have my commission; I am a humble servant. As a priest, I will perform pastoral duties sincerely and tirelessly in the spirit of love and service. I pursue holiness to become like Jesus Christ, who continually prays for God’s people and acts in the communication with God to receive the spiritual gift and God’s guidance. I nourish my spiritual life from the two-fold table of Sacred Scripture and the Eucharist; it is a way to the holiness that assists me in teaching, preaching and living in harmony with those I serve. I try to live by burning with Christ’s love to inspire people of God to live for holiness. This is because I have dedicated my life to drawing people closer to God and helping them recognize his love in the world. I desire that my life, ministry and daily activities will be shaped by praying for the salvation of God’s people.”