Socrates Pham
Discernment Year
St. Mary, Gilroy, Discernment Parish

My name is Socrates Pham, and I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I obtained my Bachelors and Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from San Jose State University in 2018 and 2021, respectively. My home parish is St. Maria Goretti Parish, and I am currently a seminarian candidate for the Diocese of San Jose.

I was inspired to pursue the vocation of the priesthood throughout my college years. I have a desire to serve and have a positive impact on the community and also have an appreciation for the ministry of the priesthood. My experience as a youth leader for the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement at St. Maria Goretti Parish has helped me to realize that I have a desire to learn more about God and to bring people closer to God. I also want to learn more about God’s will for my life.

My family, friends, parish community, and priests have all encouraged me throughout the past few years to be open and have the courage to answer God’s calling due to my desire to serve and help others. As I prepare to finish my education at SJSU at the end of 2021, I feel ready to take the next step in my discernment for the vocation of the priesthood.

Socrates Pham 2021 Seminarian video.

Socrates’ video on return to in -person Church.