Father Duy Named Full-time Chaplain

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Father Duy Named Full-time Chaplain

Fr. Duy Nguyen smiles for his staff photo.  Nguyen was named full time school chaplain this year.

Fr. Duy Nguyen smiles for his staff photo. Nguyen was named full time school chaplain this year. "Each of us have our own vocation,” Nguyen said.

Fr. Duy Nguyen smiles for his staff photo. Nguyen was named full time school chaplain this year. "Each of us have our own vocation,” Nguyen said.

Fr. Duy Nguyen smiles for his staff photo. Nguyen was named full time school chaplain this year. "Each of us have our own vocation,” Nguyen said.

Olivia Shofner

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Father Duy has been appointed to be “your priest.” He was 13 when he knew he wanted to be a priest, but he did not have strong feelings to act upon it until he graduated high school. Fr. Duy was formerly the part-time chaplain and parochial vicar at Saint Mary’s, and now his roll is the school’s full-time chaplain, and he is excited to be here. 

 Fr. Duy fell in love with the sacraments and knew priesthood was the best way he could personally share them with the people of God. 

 “Most importantly though, it is the way in which I can be holy,”  Fr. Duy said, “Each of us have our own vocation.” 

Principal Jim Franz is excited to have Fr. Duy on campus for the benefit of the students.  It is important to have a chaplain on campus so that the students have access to a priest at all times. The primary purpose of a Catholic school is to help students grow and achieve heaven. Fr. Duy brings the sacraments to life in the way he lives and works. He leads a daily Mass, helps during retreats, attends social and athletic events, and visits students in the hospital.  

“He has really brought a lot of sacramental presence to Bishop Kelley,” Franz said.

Recently the school has only had two part-time chaplains. They were only on campus twice a week. The Diocese of Tulsa found it necessary to have a priest on sight at all times. 

“The two chaplains were great, but we never felt truly unified like we do now,” Franz said.

Micah Craig (10) is grateful to have Fr. Duy on campus. He has brought a positive attitude, as well as incorporating many new things. He has been a role model and helpful in the spiritual growth of the students.  

“He has really been a mentor to me and taught me a lot about the faith,” Craig says. 

Father Duy has shown the importance of a full-time chaplain on campus. He has changed the environment and the attitude of the school.