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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 02/11/17

From the The Catholic Sun in Phoenix:

Msgr. Peter Dai Bui, who became pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in December after serving five years in the Roman Curia, has been appointed Theological Consultant to the Bishops for the Diocese of Phoenix. In a letter to diocesan personnel, Fr. Fred Adamson, vicar general, said Msgr. Bui will “collaborate and advise the bishops and key members of the Curia on pertinent matters of theology, doctrine and pastoral practice.” “It’s mainly to support the Diocese of Phoenix in its mission and the bishops in their ministry,” Msgr. Bui said. “It’s more direct collaboration with the bishops and then advising them on matters of theology, doctrine and pastoral practice.” Essentially, the work will entail advising the bishops on issues that need greater clarification. “We live in a society where, because of the culture we live in, there has been so much misleading information,” Msgr. Bui said. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said that Msgr. Bui’s “solid personal formation in philosophy and theology,” along with his “broad and deep understanding of the Church’s work of justice and charity throughout the world” were two key factors in his appointment. He also cited Msgr. Bui’s fluency in several languages — Spanish, German, Italian, English and Vietnamese — and understanding of many cultures and traditions, many of which are increasingly present in the Phoenix Diocese. Msgr. Bui studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Born in Vietnam, he grew up as one of 12 children and said his parents instilled strong Catholic values in him at an early age. When he was 5, the family was among the tens of thousands of “boat people” who escaped Vietnam. “One of the distinct memories I have is that we prayed the Rosary when we waited for my dad’s boat to come by to pick us up,” Msgr. Bui said. They spent three days on the open sea, facing machine-gun-toting pirates and other perils.

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