For a young man born in Saigon and raised in Fountain Valley, God’s call to the priesthood took him halfway around the world to the heady, acutely Catholic Pontifical North American College Seminary in Rome, and back again.

For 10 months beginning last fall, Nicolaus Thai was interning at Santa Clara de Asis Church in Yorba Linda under the tutelage of Father Fred Bailey. Thai was able to assist in a variety of ways from “my participation in and giving reflections at Masses, attending Pastoral Council, staff and financial meetings, works of charity, sitting in pastor’s meetings and appointments, interacting with parishioners before and after Masses, and taking care of parish odds and ends.”

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