Staff Member: Pastor Fr. Minh Q. Do
Pastor Fr. Minh Q. Do
Father Minh was born into a family of six brothers and two sisters on on August 12, 1967 in Saigon, Viet Nam. On April 30th, 1975 the family fled the war in Vietnam and communism on a fishing boat and was among the refugees picked up by the U.S. Navy ship USS Kirk during U.S. Operation Frequent Wind. They were brought to Manila Bay and eventually to Guam for the vetting process. In June 1975 they arrived at the Camp Pendleton refugee encampment, and in September 1975 were sponsored by Our Lady of Grace Church to enter U.S soil.
Fr. Minh graduated from San Diego State University in June of 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology and worked in clinical science from 1990 to 1993, followed by genetic research from June 1993 to July 4, 1996. He started in the financial services industry and ran his own business from 1995 until 2009 before entering St Francis De Sales in January, 2009. He studied Philosophy at the University of San Diego and entered the Major Seminary at Mount Angel Seminary, St Benedict, OR in August 2010. His Diaconate ordination by Bishop Emeritus Robert Brom took place on May 24, 2013 at Santa Sophia Parish, Spring Valley, California, and graduated from Mt Angel Seminary with a Masters degree in Divinity on May 13, 2014.
Fr. Minh was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of San Diego on May 30, 2014 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, San Diego by Bishop Brom.and assigned to the parish of St Francis Assisi in Vista, California from July 1, 2014 to June 28, 2018 as Associate Pastor and chaplain for the Vietnamese Community in Vista. He was assigned as Chaplain for the Vietnamese Catholic Community of San Diego by Bishop Robert McElroy in 2016, Chaplain for San Diego Vietnamese Eucharist Youth Group in 2017, and assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Mary Magdalene, San Diego on July 1, 2018, before becoming Pastor of Church of the Church of the Nativity on July 1, 2019.
In his free time, Father loves deep sea fishing, cooking, biking, hiking, sports, reading, movies, and origami.