Father Than Vu was a priest who believed in God, in the church and in eternal life. He had extraordinary personal, pastoral, spiritual and administrative talents.

Fr. Than served in a variety of parishes in our diocese (Parochial Vicar: St. Jean Vianney, Baton Rouge (Summer 1984), Immaculate Conception, Denham Springs (1985-1987), St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales (1987-1989), Christ the King (1989-1993); Pastor: St. Patrick, Baton Rouge (1993-2000), Christ the King (2000-2011), St. Aloysius, Baton Rouge (2011-2015), all where he was so beloved and respected.

His administrative assignments included Diocesan Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia (2007-2015), Chancellor (2005-2007), Dean of the Southwest Deanery (1999-2003), Member of the College of Consultors (2007-2015), the Finance Council (2007-2015), the Presbyteral Council (1999-2015), and member (and at times chair) of the Clergy Personnel Board (1991-2015). He also gave extensive service to various local and national groups.

Even people who had only a casual acquaintance with Fr. Than experienced something special about him. He used his many diverse gifts to serve God, the church and the community he loved. We already greatly miss him: his gentle voice, powerful intellect, calm spirit, affable manner, reassuring demeanor and devoted ministry.

He was an exceptional help to me personally in my assigned ministry and to our diocese. I thank God for his life and for his call and response to the priesthood in our diocese.

May he rest in peace.

Robert W. Muench, Bishop of Baton Rouge

January 28, 2015

On the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church