Fr Lam Vu

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.