Eddie Adams Workshop – Father Vu
My assignment for the Eddie Adams Workshop 2015 was to document the story of Father Ignatius Vu at St. George Church in Jeffersonville, NY. He had lived through the Vietnam War and was attending an underground American monastery in Vietnam. But police busted a nearby monastery in 1986, and it led him to flee Vietnam in 1988 seeking religious freedom from the increasingly oppressive communist regime. He and his family came to the United States through Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia by boat. They settled in Dallas, Texas, and he was ordained 5 years later. He has been preaching in this parish for 12 years.
At 70, Father Vu leads a quiet and solitary life. Being an Asian priest at a pre-dominantly Caucasian church, he has unique relationships with his congregation. Having witnessed and endured much hardship throughout his life, Father Vu has uncompromising inner resilience and adherence to his own rules despite the friendly appearance.