Rev. Khoa Nguyen, OFM, D.Min.

Director of Field Education


Before joining the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, Fr. Nguyen left Vietnam at the age of 25 to come to the United States.  He holds a D.Min. from the Catholic University of America, where he studied Systematic Theology and Spirituality, and he also earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University.  He served as Spiritual Director at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and Holy Apostles and Seminary in Cromwell, CT; Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston; and Coordinator to establish the Pontifical Theological College in Vietnam.  He has translated numerous theological works into Vietnamese, including Karl Rahner’s Foundations of Christian Faith and various works by Joseph Ratzinger.

Conference/Workshop Presentation

Directed a week long retreat for the Holy Cross sisters from May 23 to 28, 2021, Houston, TX.

Master of retreat to the Franciscan Conventual Friars of St. John Capistrano from September 13 -17, 2021 at Villa Maria Del Mar.

Directed a weekend retreat for the former Franciscans from October 1 – 3, 2021.

Gave a retreat for Our Lady of La Vang Parish, San Jose on October 7 and December 9 – 10, 2021.

A keynote presenter of “A Virtual Catholic Catechetical Conference” on November 6, 2021 sponsored by Archdioceses of San Francisco and Honolulu, diocese of Fresno, Las Vegas, Monterey, Reno, Sacramento, San Bernadino, San Jose, and Stockton.

Selected Publications

Translating and editing theological books from English into Vietnamese

  • Francis and Clare by Regis Armstrong
  • The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger
  • Foundations of Christian Faith by Karl Rahner
  • Experience of God by Dermot Lane
  • A World of Grace by Leo J. O’Donovan
  • The Gospel of Matthew by Donald Senior
  • Introduction to Christianity of Joseph Ratzinger
  • Principles of Catholic Theology by Joseph Ratzinger
  • God is Near to us by Joseph Ratzinger
  • Jesus in the Gospels by Rudolf Schnackenburg
  • Faith Seeking Understanding, collection of fundamental theological articles
  • Jesus of Nazareth both volumes by Joseph Ratzinger
  • Behold the Pierced One by Joseph Ratzinger
  • Day by Day with Pope Benedict XVI by Peter John Cameron
  • Philosophy for Understanding Theology by Diogenes Allen
  • The Gospel of Matthew by Rudolf Schnackenburg
  • Article: Saint Augustine’s Thoughts in Deus Caritas Est


Teaching license from Saigon University, 1976

CPE at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1991

Spanish Certificate of Cuauhnahuac School, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1991

Master of Divinity from Washington Theological Union, 1995

Graduate studies in systematic theology and spirituality at CUA from 1998 to 2002

Doctor of Ministry from the Catholic University of America, 2006

Certificate of Spiritual Direction from Creighton University

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