This is the true story of Father Tiến Dương, a Catholic priest who grew up in the strife and hardship of Communist Vietnam. Follow young Tiến’s riveting tale as he deals with not-so-distant mortar fire in a Catholic boarding school, his eventual escape from Vietnam, struggles in various refugee camps, and eventual migration to the United States.
Through it all, Tiến’s commitment to his priestly vocation never wavered. Need an example of perseverance in the face of hardship? You'll find it in Bread Upon the Water.
“Here! I’m here, and I can’t swim!” Tiến pleaded, swallowing the briny water. His fingernails slid down the bow of the slimy, slippery trawler, and he kicked his feet wildly to stay afloat, gulping the sea water.
“Father Tiến Dương’s life is an amazing and inspiring story of perseverance in following God’s call in the face of severe trials and testings. Father Dương pursued his vocation to the priesthood, knowing God would always be faithful. The kind priest who taught the young Tiến Dương in sixth grade gave him sound advice for his life’s journey: ‘Trust God. Always, trust God.’”
+Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte