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February 27, 2017
Contact: Theresa Carson
Chicago Province of largest missionary order names new provincial
Northbrook, Ill. — Superior General Father Heinz Kulüke of the Society of the Divine Word has announced that Rev. Quang Duc Dinh SVD has been appointed provincial superior of the order’s Chicago Province.
Elected by his fellow Divine Word Missionaries, Father Quang, 55, has held several leadership roles, including work in vocation recruitment, formation and education administration.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Father Quang is the first provincial superior of the Chicago Province from Asia. As a teenager in 1979, he escaped by boat and lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for a year before immigrating to the United States. A year later, he enrolled in the Divine Word college seminary in Epworth, Iowa.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1992 in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Techny, he served his first assignment as associate pastor at St. Anthony parish in San Bernardino, Calif. During his career, Father Quang also has held the positions of vice president for formation and dean of students at Divine Word College in Epworth; national vocation director for the congregation’s North American provinces; director of the associate program; and formation director of Divine Word Theologate in Chicago.
He was elected to the Provincial Council, the governing board of the Chicago Province, four times, serving a total of 12 years. For the past six years, Father Quang has served as rector of Divine Word Residence at Techny, which is home to more than 60 Divine Word Missionary priests and brothers.
Father Quang, who professed vows in 1987, graduated from Divine Word College with a bachelor’s degree in general science/math. He also holds an M.Div. from Catholic Theological Union and a master’s degree in spirituality from Creighton University.
Father Quang will succeed Rev. Thomas Ascheman, who served two terms as provincial superior. As provincial superior, Father Ascheman devoted much time and energy to implementing the missionary vision founded upon the Congregational Directions promulgated by the Society of the Divine Word 2012 General Chapter. Interculturality, concern for minorities and immigrants, and spreading the Gospel using all forms of media were at the heart of his six years in office.
Father Quang will begin his three-year term on June 1, 2017. As provincial superior, he will oversee activities of the Society of the Divine Word in Canada, the Eastern half of the United States and the Caribbean. For more information about the Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province, go to www.divineword.org.