L to R: Fr. Mark Weber, SVD, Fr. Derek Nguyen, SVD, Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, Fr. Carl Gales, SVD, Fr. Quang Duc Dinh, SVD.
Most Rev. Curtis Guillory SVD, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas, ordained Carl Gales SVD, 44, and Derek Nguyen SVD, 34, on May 28 at Our Lady of Africa in Chicago.
The pair have been confreres since 2015 when they entered the Divine Word novitiate. That year, Father Nguyen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Divine Word College in Iowa while Father Gales took a leap of faith. He left a career as a parish music director and professional musician in Missouri to follow the call to become a religious missionary priest.