Father Hoi Tran
Father Hoi Tran was born on January 2, 1962 in Binh Duong, Vietnam. His baptismal name is John the Baptist. Hoi is the second eldest of eight. Hoi was raised with a strong Roman Catholic upbringing even in a country where Buddhism is the prevalent religion. In the summer of 1975 when Hoi was 13 years old, the Communist North invaded the South. Hoi's father, Son Tran, was captured and imprisoned. In a boat filled with Vietnamese refugees, Hoi's mother, Nghi Vu, escaped with her eight children (ages 3 months to 15 years) leaving with nothing except the clothes on their backs.
They ended up in Guam, and were then transferred to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. There they were sponsored by a Baptist family and sent to Pineville, Louisiana. As a woman who did not speak a single word of English, Nghi's strong faith in God helped her take care of her family in this extremely difficult and uncertain time. She received support from Catholic Charities and the Vietnamese Catholic community. This had a profound impact on Hoi's life because he knew that without God's love and the support of the Catholic community his family would not survive these trying times. Hoi made a promise that when he grew up he wanted to return the gratitude and appreciation to the Catholic community. Hoi lived in Pineville for three years and was actively involved in the church.
In 1978 his father was finally released and able to come to the United States; the family moved to Albuquerque where his family still predominantly resides. Hoi attended high school at Albuquerque High; then he transferred to Eldorado High and graduated in 1982. He enrolled at the Technical Vocational Institute and studied electronics receiving his Associate Degree in 1983. In December 1983, Hoi accepted a position as an electronic technician with Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. He lived there over 12 years and was actively involved at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
In 1996, Hoi decided to give up a very successful career to pursue his calling to the priesthood. This was a very difficult and life-changing decision. Hoi was doing well with his career, but he felt he needed to spread God's word because Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Hoi knew that life was not about having money and material possessions. He truly wanted to give back to the community what God has given his family much love, joy, and happiness.
Hoi followed his heart and entered the seminary. He was accepted to Holy Apostles seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and joined the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. After five years of intense study and formation, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master's degree in Divinity.
Father Tran was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 2001, and was assigned as a parochial pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas in Rio Rancho. In 2003, he was appointed to be Pastor at St. Mary's in Vaughn and the Fort Sumner area. Two years later he was sent to St. Anthony's in Pecos.
As of April 2007, Father Tran will now be serving at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Peralta and its missions. He looks forward to devoting his entire life to continuing to serve God and bringing God's mercy and love to all of his people.(Biographical information from the program for Father Tran's Installation Mass.)
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