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May 15, 2001


The Rev. Mr. Khoa M. Nguyen, 26, son of Hoan Pham and Vinh Nguyen, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on

Saturday, May 19, 2001
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Father Nguyen attended St. Frances de Sales Elementary School, West Catholic High School and Temple University, all in Philadelphia, before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Nguyen will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 27, 2001
3:00 p.m.
St. Albert the Great Church
212 Welsh Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA

The concelebrants are Reverend Monsignor James Howard, Reverend John Gallagher, Reverend John Kelly, Reverend John Wendrychowicz. The homilist is Reverend Monsignor Paul F. Curran. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Kevin Kelly and Rev. Mr. Nicholas Mormando.

There are four men in the Class of 2001. This year's Ordination brings the total number of diocesan priests in Philadelphia to 780. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues the intensive effort to promote vocations to the diocesan priesthood that was announced by Cardinal Bevilacqua in January 2001, Philadelphia Priest Call. Priest Call consists of billboard, television and radio messages featuring the theme Ordinary Men Called To Do Extraordinary Work as well as grassroots efforts.

Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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