For three semesters, Father Dustin Vu studied at Loras College on his path to ordination. During 1999 and 2000, he studied philosophy as part of his prerequisite for theological seminary.
Twenty years later, he is now serving as chaplain on campus and working with campus ministry.
“With the pandemic and some tough years ahead, it makes sense why I am now called to be at Loras,” Father Vu said. “I want to offer myself to this community completely and just want to serve Jesus in all students, staff and faculty.”
For the Las 12 years, Fr. Vu was the pastor of St John XXIII Parish in Cedar Rapids. While there, he was the priest, Chaplain and Campus Minister at Xavier High School. During 2010-2015, he was also the priest Chaplain at Mount Mercy University.
“I have always seen myself as a parish priest, and my heart is always with parish ministry, but I said ‘yes’ to the Archbishop, trusting in the Lord and the Archbishop’s wisdom,” he said.
Fr. Vu recalls his initial time at Loras and the impression it made compared to his other academic experiences.
“I previously studied Engineering at two big schools – Iowa State and the University of Minnesota – so it was a pleasant surprise to have a small classroom and relationships with my professors. I enjoyed daily Mass here and the different spiritual opportunities Loras provided,” he explained.
As the new academic year nears, Fr. Vu is looking forward to interacting with the students and the rest of the Loras community.
“I am just grateful for the opportunities to walk with students and help and support them as much as I can in these four formative years of their lives. I am also looking forward to assisting the staff, faculty, and administration in our vocation helping our students.”