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Two Seminarians Ready to Take a Step Closer to Priesthood in a Familiar Place

Seminarians John Hoang and Victor Trinidad


By Liz Sullivan

For John Hoang and Victor Trinidad it is time for the pair to celebrate a milestone on their path to ordination as priests on November 3 at Saint Victor Parish.

The pair will be ordained transitional deacons for the Diocese of San Jose with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath at their home parish. Godwilling, in the spring of 2019 Hoang, 30, and Trinidad, 31, will be ordained to the priesthood.

“It’s finally here,” said Hoang, who will be the second American-born Vietnamese priest, for the Diocese of San Jose. “I am ready for this next step.”

Trinidad will be the first American-born Filipino priest to be ordained for the Diocese.

“There were some bumps along the way, but you have to trust in the Lord,” said Trinidad. “I am glad it has worked out the way it has.”

This is the third straight year the Diocese has ordained seminarians as transitional deacons. Overall, with their expected priestly ordination, the Diocese will have ordained seven men to the priesthood.

“I am very excited that we are ordaining two as transitional deacons,” said Diocese of San Jose Vocations Director Father Ritche Bueza. “Thanks to the hard work of (former Vocations Director) Father Joe Kim. The two we are ordaining are very fine men. The Lord continues to call people of good hearts to work in His vineyard. And I can say that about Victor and John, they have very good hearts.”

For Hoang this moment will be bittersweet. His mother Theresa passed away in May. His father went up to the Lord two years ago.

“I know they will both be with me,” he said, with a smile.

For photos and a story on the transitional deacon ordination look for the November 20 issue of The Valley Catholic.