Statement of Bishop Robert W. Muench

On the Remembrance of Fr. Than Vu

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 South Central 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

Obituary and funeral arrangements for:
Rev. Than N. Vu, Vicar General, Diocese of Baton Rouge

Very Rev. Than N. Vu, Vicar General, S.T.L., of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, passed away at 2:04 am on Wednesday, January 28 at a private diocesan residence, at the age of 56. Born in Saigon, Vietnam on 4 May 1958, he arrived with his family as boat people in Baton Rouge in 1975. Ordained a priest on 21 July 1984 by Bishop Stanley J. Ott for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, he served as parochial vicar at the parishes of St. Jean Vianney, Immaculate Conception (Denham Springs), St Theresa of Avila (Gonzales), and Christ the King, and as pastor of the parishes of St. Patrick, Christ the King, and St Aloysius. He was the vicar general for the Diocese of Baton Rouge since 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents Kiet Vu and Hue Mai, and by his sister Maria Nguy Vu. He is survived by his sister Maria Huyen Pham and her husband Thao, his brother Phien Vu and his wife Tram; his nieces and nephews Nguyen Vu, Hanh & Matthew Rimmer, Tuan
& Allison Pham, Peter & Elizabeth Pham, Vy Vu, Van & Heather Vu, Van Thuy Vu, Van Tu Vu, Van Ha Vu; his great nieces and nephews Tia & Skylar Monjure, Addison & Anne Pham, Emme & James Pham, Julian Summers & Hien Hammond & Kien Spiller, Jack & John & Julia Thien-Kim Vu.

A vigil service will be held at Christ the King Church, corner of Highland Rd. and Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, on Friday, January 30, 7:30 pm, with visitation following until 9:30 pm. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 31, 9-11 am at St. Aloysius Church, 2025 Stuart Ave., Baton Rouge, with the funeral Mass at 11 am presided by the Most Reverend Robert W Muench, Bishop of Baton Rouge. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, PO Box 2028, Baton Rouge LA 70821-2028. Fr. Than's family is grateful to the compassionate team of doctors and nurses who cared for him, as well as many parishioners and friends in Baton Rouge who showered him with love, comfort, and prayers during his last days on earth.  
Rabenhorst Funeral Home at 825 Government Street in is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences, visit

Vesting for priests and deacons attending Saturday, January 31, 11:00 am funeral Mass for Fr. Than will be in the St. Aloysius parish hall, adjacent to the Church.  Please wear diocesan vestments.



Letter from Bishop Robert Muench to

People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

 January 2015 Annual Priests' Formation Days


2014 Adult Confirmation

Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 3:00 PM

Our Lady of Mercy Church,

445 Marquette Ave., Baton Rouge

Again this year, Bishop Muench will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to adults from throughout the diocese who for one reason or another have not yet been confirmed and are properly prepared. The celebration will be on the Solemnity of Pentecost: Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 3 pm at OUR LADY OF MERCY CHURCH, BATON ROUGE.

Due to renovations at St. Joseph Cathedral, another location was required.

Click here for Adult Confirmation forms and information.


  Prayer of Thanksgivi

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all

goodness and love, please look kindly upon us

and receive our heartfelt gratitude

in this time of
giving thanks.

Thank you for all the graces and blessings You

have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal:

our faith and religious heritage, our food and

shelter, our health, the loves we have for one

another, our family and friends.

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please

grant us continued graces and blessings

throughout the coming year.

This we ask in the Name of Jesus,

Your Son and
our Brother.