Fr. Paul-Cuong Phan
Below are some facts to get to know Fr. Paul:
Fr. Paul-Cuong Phan was born Jan. 12, in Saigon, Viet Nam, the fourth of six children of Rose and Ted Phan.
Education and Employment:
California Academy of Drafting (1981-82); St. Joseph's Seminary (1990-91); St. Francis Seminary (1991-94)/University of San Diego (1992-94) - Bachelor in Religious Studies/Minor in philosophy (BA); St. Patrick's Seminary and University (1994-99) - Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Worked as PC Board Layout Designer at Design Development Inc., Advance Communications Technology Inc., and Finnigan MAT (1981-90 respectively).
Parish Affiliations in the Diocese:
Pastoral Year Seminarian at Sacred Heart, Saratoga (1996-97); Deacon year at St. Nicholas in Los Altos (1999); Parochial Vicar at: St. Joseph of Cupertino (1999-2002), St. Patrick Proto-Cathedral (2002-05), Christ the King (2005-08), St. Victor (2008-13); St. Athanasius (2013-Dec 2014); and St. Maria Goretti (Jan 2015- Jun 2016); St. Lawrence the Martyr (2016-present).
Involved with Jesuit Spiritual Companionship group (1984-90); Being a member of the planning team of St. Patrick's Vietnamese CCD (1986-90), including being a director of one of four Vietnamese Religious Ed. centers in San Jose (1988-90); Being a choir member for different Choirs (1980-87), including being a choir director for Emmanuel Choir (1984-86); Involved with Young Adult group at Queen of Vietnamese Martyrs (1980-85).
Other Diocesan Involvements: ILM Instructor (1999-2002); Catechetical Evaluation (2000), Pastoral Plan Implementation Fund Committee (2000-02); Pastoral Life Committee (2001-02); Confirmation 2000 Planning Team (2000), Spiritual Director for the Vietnamese Cursillo Movement (2003-11); Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Chaplain for St. Victor's Council #4112 (2008-11); Boyscout Chaplain for: Santa Clara Camp High Sierra (1992) and Philmont National Camp (1997).
On his Priestly Vocation:
As I reflected on my life's journey, I realized that God had been preparing me for a very rich experience of discipleship through the priestly vocation. Being able to attend seven different High Schools during my youth (1 in Viet Nam, 3 in Tennessee, and 3 in San Jose), with students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, prepared well me for my priestly life. Also, being assigned at seven parishes with various demographics helped me to really see Christ in every person I serve, regardless of his/her background. After seventeen years of serving in the priestly ministry--following the Lord as a disciple and serving God's people as a priest--I have seen so much the dynamic of God's love and grace bestowing upon God's people, changing their lives, especially through the Sacraments (i.e., Anointing, Reconciliation, Eucharist, etc..). Yet, I also realize that whatever the outcome would be, my priestly ministry belongs to Christ. I'm only His instrument. Thus, I've always found joy and fulfillment not only in the vocation itself, but more so in counting on His words: "do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven" (Luke 10:20).