Written by: Marierose Hoang
The Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Catholic Church congregation in Arlington, VA
rejoiced in welcoming our new pastor, Father Peter Huong Pham, OP at a transition Mass on Sunday, September 14, 2014.
A few highlights on Father Peter Pham:
Father Peter Huong Pham was born in Tho Xuan, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam on September 12, 1952 and attended Vinh Son Liem high school in Go Vap Vietnam. He studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Thu Duc, Vietnam and has worked at a refugee camp in Palawan, Philippines (1965-1982).
He was ordained a priest at St. Vinh Son Liem Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada by Bishop Paul O’ Burn on July 28, 1985.
After obtaining a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) at St Thomas Aquinas University in Rome, Italy and a Master’s Degree in Psychological Education in Calgary, AB, Canada, Father Pham served as the director of Vocation of the St. Vinh Son Liem Vicariate (1990-1993).
Father Pham was the editor-in-chief of the quarterly Veritas Magazine (Tap San Chan Ly), an official organ of the Vietnamese Dominican Regional Vicariate of North America and Overseas (1993-1998).
Father Pham served as a Theology professor at the Dominican College in Go Vap, the Institute for Dominican Sisters in Phu Nhuan, and the Nguyen Van Binh Institute for all Religious Sisters and Nuns in Vietnam (1998-2003).
While serving as Prior at the St Martin De Porres Housefriary in Vancouver BC, Canada, Fr. Peter Pham was pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Vancouver, BC, Canada and served as the President of the Clergy and Religious Federation of Western Canada (2004-2010).
As Pastor of the Church of The Vietnamese Martyrs ( Cac Thanh Tu Dao Vietnam) Parish in Richmond, VA, Father Pham also served as the Vice President of the Federation of the Vietnamese Catholics of the US Mid- Atlantic Region (2010-2014).