Fr Lam Vu was born in South Vietnam in 1971, professed his First Vows in 2001, was sent to Rome to complete his studies for the priesthood and completed a Licence in Spirituality at the Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest in 2008. He has lived in the fraternities of Leichhardt and Hawthorn. He spent the first six years of his priesthood in full-time university chaplaincy, in Melbourne Australian Catholic University and in Sydney at Notre Dame University. He is also the post-novitiate director. He is currently in the fraternity of Dutton Park, Brisbane is the parish Priest of South Brisbane and administrator of Dutton Park and West End.
I was born in Vung Tau, South Vietnam in 1971, the second youngest of nine children. I came to Australia when I was 8 years old. After completing a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Queensland, I worked for 3 years for an Architectural firm in Tweed Heads and Brisbane. I was actively involved in a Vietnamese Youth Group and playing sports.
As an enthusiastic architectural student my desire was to become a well known Architect. Priesthood was beyond my list of goals. The turning point of my life began in January 1996, when I went back to Vietnam for the first time for a holiday. The experience in Vietnam touched me deeply. I saw real poverty, poor people, lepers and beggars on streets. I came back to Australia confused and my heart was restless. Nevertheless, my experience in Vietnam opened up for me new ways of seeing people and the world. I began questioning the purpose of my life and seeking the will of God for me. I started praying and attending daily Mass more than I usually did and felt a great sense of joy, peace and happiness in my life. It was at this moment that I began to recognise the presence of God and his calling.
Not long afterwards, my brother’s surprise decision to join a religious congregation also inspired me to join the priesthood.
I began looking around at different religious orders and eventually I found the Capuchins in Wynnum, in Brisbane. What attracted me to the Capuchins was their fraternal life and simplicity.
I joined the Capuchins on 14th February 1999. I made my First Profession on the 2nd February 2001 and Solemn Profession on 12th December 2004. On 6th October 2007, I was ordained to the Deaconate and then to the Priesthood on 12th April 2008.