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Fr. Gan Minh Nguyen

Member of mission team

Redemptorist Father Gan Minh Nguyen, 59, died April 14 at the rectory of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Father Gan was born in Vietnam, one of 14 children. He was 11 years old when his family fled Vietnam and immigrated to the United States. They settled in Biloxi, Mississippi, where Father Gan became involved in the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement in grade school.

He completed high school and earned a degree in electronic engineering technology, but decided to pursue his call to priesthood.

He professed first his vows as a Redemptorist in 1993 and perpetual vows in 1997. During his years in formation, he served in parish and youth ministry at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Chicago, and in Baton Rouge.

He was ordained a priest in 1998 in Baton Rouge, served there, and later served at a parish in Houston.

Father Gan joined the Redemptorist Mission Team at Old St. Michael’s in 2008. He enjoyed traveling across the country to preach parish missions, always allowing time to visit family members and friends living throughout the United States. Two years later, he moved to the Liguori Mission House in Missouri. Although he remained attached to the community, he served five of the next six years as a military chaplain at White Sands Missile Range in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Father Gan then served again in Houston and in Liguori, moving to Kansas City last year.

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Sr. Vianney Moore


Sister of the Living Word Vianney Moore, 89, died April 22 in Chicago.

Born in California, she moved to Chicago with her family when she was 14 years old and she attended St. Gregory High School before joining the Sisters of Christian Charity.

She taught elementary school in Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Arkansas. She later joined the Sisters of the Living Word, and ministered as a director of religious education in Louisiana and Mississippi.

She spent her last years living at the Resurrection Life Center.