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Hello UC Santa Cruz community,

I'm happy to serve you as a Catholic chaplain appointed by Bishop Daniel Garcia of the Diocese of Monterey. The Church cares for everyone, especially our Catholic faithful and our young people so my goal is to assist all of you in any way possible. As a priest, my focus is on your spiritual and moral developments, but I'm also interested in your personal growth, academic achievements, social interaction, and athletic endeavors.

Before ordination to the priesthood, I graduated college with a degree in chemistry. I like math, science, arts, and travel. I was assigned to Holy Cross parish from 2016 to 2018 as a seminarian and deacon, and now I'm happy to return to serve you all as a priest.

In order to better serve you, I've assembled an awesome team of volunteers who minister to you on a regular basis. Each week, we are privileged to have Chef Greg Hutchinson serving all of you with delicious and healthy food. I also have an advisory board made up of parishioners from the Santa Cruz area.

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you.

Fr. Dat Nguyen

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