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  • Protect Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions Calendar of Events Press Releases Missionaries in the News Tales from the Province Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 PRINT PAGE SEND TO FRIEND Divine Word College student awarded fellowship at United Nations Assembly October 9 2014 Jean Emmanuel Verdier a junior from Haiti attending Divine Word College has been named a Resolution Fellow by the Resolution Project based in New York City Selected from a field of 27 qualifying delegates who competed for the fellowship at the U N Youth Assembly in New York City on Aug 8 he has now completed the required documentation and qualifies for monetary and expert support to realize his dream of providing fresh water to Carrefour Thomas a village in southern Haiti That s a very poor area people drink water from a contaminated river they get cholera and they die said Verdier who was invited to attend the youth assembly as one of 550 delegates from around the world The Resolution Project is a non profit organization dedicated to developing socially responsible young leaders The fellowships support young entrepreneurs who want to pursue their ideas to improve the human condition Today there are Resolution Fellows in 44 countries It s a lifetime fellowship and we provide mentorship seed funding and access to a suite of pro bono service providers said George Tsiatis president and co founder of the organization For more information on the Resolution Project and the fellowship go to www resolutionproject org In 2012 Verdier heard of the growing cholera epidemic in his homeland Using money he saved from a summer job along with donations from a group in Dubuque he made his way to the village

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  • They moved to San Jose Calif and he quickly acclimated to his new surroundings Encouraged by the members and environment of the Eucharistic Youth Movement Nguyen began considering life as a missionary priest when he was in junior high In 2006 he graduated from Divine Word College with a bachelor s degree in philosophy As he approaches perpetual vows he said When I was a novice I realized the many blessings that I have received Now I am beginning to give back through teaching catechism and sharing the Good News I m looking forward to allowing God s grace to be evident in the lives of the people I come to serve He sees his journey as a progression For four years in high school Nguyen was an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet He appreciated the discipline and core values of Integrity First Service before Self and Excellence in All that We Do The friendships made and lessons learned during that time fostered his vocation Friendships example of dedication teamwork love for God through simple ordinary people that helped me to reflect on the vocation at that age he said Family influenced him too Both Nguyen s father and grandfather studied in a Cistercian monastery They did not profess vows but they did pass along their faith and values to subsequent generations The spirituality of religious life encouragement and support are a big part of my story Nguyen said I received encouragement from the Eucharistic Youth Movement teachers classmates family even those in the military That encouragement continued through novitiate The personal interaction impressed me people being authentic he said They are who they are whatever personality God gave them After novitiate he continued his education at Catholic Theological Union and partook in the Society of the Divine Word s

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  • large family in Matamoros Mexico directly south of Brownsville Texas His call to the priesthood came early He recalls that when he was a boy of 6 or 7 he corralled the family dogs so that he would have a congregation for his playtime pretend Masses I wanted to do the same as the priest so I prepared the table he said I had books I needed people but there were no people so I gathered my dogs The young Mata Martinez also had a desire to be an altar server but his family did not have the economic means to pay for the obligatory outfit Then around age 12 he stopped going to church But his journey continued At age 16 he had an epiphany at a Catholic youth gathering When I heard all the youth singing clapping holding hands I felt something right here he said as he motioned to his heart I started to cry In Mexico we don t cry I considered that a moment of grace when God touched my heart I wanted to continue experiencing those times to experience those moments of amazement Life continued and he earned a bachelor s degree in accounting from Instituto Technologica de Matamoros in Mexico and his desire to become a priest grew With his sister s encouragement he contacted his Confirmation sponsor Father Jesús Zamarripa Salazar SVD a member of the U S Western Province In 2004 Father Mata Martinez came to the United States and entered formation at Divine Word College in Epworth Iowa I like to be with people in their joys and struggles he said He said he is inspired by the sense of community that he felt at Epworth in the novitiate and especially with the older Divine Word Missionaries He completed his Cross cultural Training Program in Argentina and served as a deacon at Immaculate Conception in Chicago s Brighton Park neighborhood His first assignment will be in the Chicago Province A few weeks ago Father Mata Martinez took part in Saturday evening Mass at St Patrick in Fort Wayne Ind where he will serve as a new priest A woman approached him Trying to place him she said I have a question for you He replied I have a question for you Rosie After nearly two decades they met again She was one of the organizers of the youth conference in Mexico those many years ago The proverbial road that Father Peter Phong Nguyen SVD 42 took to the priesthood was as winding as that of his confrere Born and raised in Vietnam he is the fourth of five children Family means the world to him He was little when his father had to leave Vietnam My father came to the United States after the war he said He was in the Vietnamese Navy so he had to leave after the war Father Nguyen s older brother followed later and paved the way for the rest of the family to immigrate

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