Fr. Paul Dao Ming (Dao Ming means Dominic) Dou was born October 14, 1954, one of 3 children, in Beijing, China. His family have been practicing Catholics for over 300 years and experienced persecution for the faith.
From 1974-1977, Fr. Dou studied Chinese Literature at the University of Beijing and received a BA in that subject.
He felt a call to become a priest early in his life and entered the seminary in 1980 as a member of the persecuted “underground” Church. From 1980 until 1986, Fr. Dou lived in the bishop’s residence as a seminarian while he studied Philosophy and Theology at Beijing Seminary.
On June 14, 1986, Fr. Dou was ordained a deacon together with the late Fr. Paul Hu, SOLT, for the Diocese of Yi Xian, China. He served for eight years as a deacon in that diocese. On January 21, 1994, Fr. Dou was ordained a priest by the Most Reverend Cosmos Shi, Bishop of the Yi Xian Diocese. Because of the persecutions going on against the Church at that time, Fr. Dou emigrated to the United States in March of 1994.
From 1994-1995, he studied at Holy Apostles where he met Fr. Tony and Fr. Jim Blount and a number of other SOLT brothers. During the years 1995-1999, Fr. Dou discerned a vocation with the Congregation of St. John the Baptist in Astoria, NY. When he decided that was not where he was called, he accepted an invitation to serve in the Archdiocese of New York, where he spent five years in the Church of the Transfiguration and at St. Joseph Parish. From December 2005 to May 2006, Fr. Paul spent some time at the Trappist Monasteries of Holy Mother of God in Taiwan, and Our Lady of Joy Abbey in Hong Kong, renewing his spiritual energy.
Fr. Dou returned to the United States in 2007 and, on the recommendation of Fr. Paul Hu, SOLT, entered the SOLT novitiate in Bosque, New Mexico. At the end of the novitiate, Fr. Dou was sent to serve in various SOLT missions, including Belcourt, Bosque, Capulin, Corpus Christi, and Kansas City. On November 1, 2015, Fr. Dou professed perpetual promises in SOLT. He is currently serving in the Corpus Christi Diocese and residing at OLCC.
We are very grateful to God and our Blessed Mother for the priestly vocation and service of Fr. Paul Dao Ming Dou, SOLT, and we wish him many more years of grace-filled service.