John Duy Huynh, who has taught at Dowling Catholic High School for the past six years, has been appointed by Bishop Richard Pates as the first director of an intiative to strengthen Catholic identity in the diocesan schools.
The intiative, called Faith Journey, works through ongoing faith formation that nurtures the personal and communal faith of the schools’ faculty and staff and builds stronger school communities of intentional disciples.
Two years ago, Bishop Pates visited with all the diocesan schools and learned that the staff was interested in ongoing growth in their faith. That effort was followed up with a program last year for educators called School of Faith. Ongoing faith formation for faculty and staff at the diocesan schools has now evolved into a program developed and directed by the Diocese of Des Moines.
“The outcome of my initial visits with our school personnel was a very strong desire for continuing growth in the Catholic faith both individually and as distinct school communities,” Bishop Pates said. “This desire has persisted. Such a sentiment is an encouraging positive sign as we seek to work out the logistics of Faith Journey.”
Huynh, a 2002 graduate of Dowling Catholic, looks forward to helping the diocese in this role.
“I am very excited about the opportunity," he said. "Faith Journey has the potential of deepening the faith relationship of our teachers and staff for their personal benefit but especially as it impacts their students and school communities. It is very much in line with the spirit Pope Francis is advocating.”
Huynh holds a BA in philosophy and an MA in theology from Loras College in Dubuque. He is currently a doctoral student at Barry University, in practical theology, with an emphasis in spiritual formation. Since 2009, he has taught courses in advanced apologetics, sacramental theology, Old and New Testament, morality, social justice, world religions, and Catholic Christianity at Dowling Catholic.