Fr. Duy Nguyen Named Full-Time Chaplain at BK

Fr. Duy Nguyen, former part-time chaplain at Bishop Kelley and parochial vicar at the Church of Saint Mary, will join the BK staff as the school’s full-time chaplain.

Fr. Duy was born and baptized in Vietnam. He grew up in a devout Catholic family, where the vocation to the priesthood and religious life was always encouraged. In Vietnam, he loved serving at Mass as an altar server and it was there that he encountered the priestly vocation for the first time at the age of 12.  

In 2005, he and his family immigrated to Tulsa, OK. St. Joseph Vietnamese Parish then became their new home parish. He earned a High School Diploma at East Central High School in 2008. After high school, he attended Tulsa Community College for two years and then transferred to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where he attended St. John Vianney College Seminary. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Catholic Studies. 

In 2013, Fr. Nguyen was sent to the Mount Saint Mary of the West Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio to complete his theologate formation and training. In 2017, he graduated with a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology from the Athenaeum of Ohio. 

May 27, 2017 Fr. Nguyen was ordained to the priesthood by Most Reverend David A. Konderla and assigned as the parochial vicar to the Church of Saint Mary, Tulsa, OK and a part-time chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School. Beginning in July 2019, he will begin his new assignment as the full-time chaplain for the Bishop Kelley High School. In additional to the chaplaincy duty, he is assigned to do further studies in Washington D.C. during the summer months. 

“We are very excited to have Fr. Duy full time,” said Fr. Gary Kastl, president of Bishop Kelley. “His consistent presence will help students, faculty and staff continue to grow in their faith.”

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