Father Dinh, Father Regan get new assignments

Fr. Dinh

Two priest assignments have changed effective Sept. 15.

Father Hai Dinh, part-time parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle Parish and part-time parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Cathedral, both in Davenport, will become the full-time parochial vicar at the cathedral. Father Timothy Regan will become the full-time parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle Parish.

A native of Vietnam, Fr. Dinh graduated from the University of Technical Pedagogy in Saigon, Vietnam, with a degree in technical drawing. He made several attempts to escape Vietnam and eventually joined his family in Davenport. Before entering the seminary he worked several jobs. He completed his theology studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, in Mundelein, Ill. He was ordained May 10, 2008, at Sacred Heart Cathedral by Bishop Martin Amos.

Since his ordination, Fr. Dinh had been a parochial vicar at St. Paul and Sacred Heart.


Fr. Regan was born in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. He then worked in occupational therapy before entering the seminary. He completed his theology studies at Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass. He was ordained May 30, 1991, at St. Anthony Church in Knoxville by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe.

Fr. Regan served as a temporary chaplain at University Hospitals in Iowa City in 1991. He then served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bettendorf from 1991-94, then pastor at Holy Trinity in Keota from 1994-2001 and pastor of Sacred Heart in Lost Nation, St. James in Toronto and Sacred Heart in Oxford Junction from 2001-2003. He was on assignment at St. Vincent Center until he was named priest-chaplain at Genesis Health Systems in Davenport. That position ended last month.

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