Rest in peace, Father Thien
Father Thomas Thiên Dang, O.S.B.
January 20, 1963 - October 6, 2015
Father Thomas Thiên Dang, O.S.B., a monk of Mount Angel Abbey, passed peacefully to the Lord on October 6, 2015, after a prolonged illness. He was 52 years old. A Vigil will be held Tuesday evening, October 13, at 7:30 p.m., and the Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday, October 14, at 10 a.m. in the Abbey Church.
Father Thiên was born in Vietnam on January 20, 1963, to Huong Dang and Thai Nguyen. He graduated from Franciscan High School in Nha Trang, Vietnam, after which he studied philosophy and theology underground in order to avoid conflict with the communist government. In 1981 he was arrested for his beliefs, but escaped in 1983 on a small boat to the Philippines. There he met a monk from Mount Angel Abbey who helped him come to the U.S., where he began his studies at Mount Angel Seminary. He entered Mount Angel Abbey in 1987.
Father Thiên was professed as a monk in 1988 and given the name Thomas Thien after his patron, a Vietnamese martyr. In 1993, he earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees in Theology and was ordained a priest. He later studied in Rome and Jerusalem and taught Scripture at Mount Angel Seminary.
Father Thiên was proud of his Vietnamese Catholic culture and loved to celebrate it. He was a gentle, soft-spoken and gifted monk whose talents will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his father, sisters, brother, community members, and numerous other friends and relatives.
Schedule of Final Rites for Fr. Thiên
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
11:45 AM - Bell for the Reception of the Body
7:30 PM - Vigil and Eulogy
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
10:00 AM - Mass of Christian Burial