Father Vu Returns to Loras as Chaplain

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.

Father Dustin Vu

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.”

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).