- Dominic grew up in Vietnam, arriving here with his parents in 2014.
- He has wanted to be a priest since he was a young boy and spent some time as a seminarian in South Vietnam.
- He is entering his second year at Holy Trinity, being assigned for his studies at St. Joseph in Louisiana.
- His parents and his three younger brothers live in Garland, TX
Listed below is the wonderful bio that he shared:
My full name is Dominic Nhuan Nguyen, and I am 22 years old. Now, I am a Sophomore at Saint Joseph Seminary College, Covington, LA. I would like to share the story of my vocation.
I am so grateful that I was born in a devout Catholic Family in South Vietnam. My hometown is Tay Ninh, a small and border town between Vietnam and Cambodia where most people are good and devout Catholics. I have two granduncles that are priests. They gave me motivation and inspiration to discern my vocation from a young age.
Knowing that I had a desire to become a priest, the pastor at my home parish, Fr. Nghia Ha recruited me into the group of altar boys. There was a requirement in my culture that young men who wanted to become priests should be active in their home parishes for a good period of time so that they could become familiar with parish life and ministry of priesthood. My daily assignments included helping in the sacristy, altar serving, ceremony Emcee, opening and closing the doors and windows of the church and ringing the bells. I also joined many groups in my home parish, which were reserved for children, such as Legion of Mary, the Children’s Choir, and the Eucharistic Youth group. My spiritual director, Fr. Vu Tran, helped me to discern what God wanted me to do. I would not go wrong, and I would go in peace with The Holy Spirit. From this process, my vocation grew day by day. In June 2013, I passed the entrance exam and I was accepted into Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Vietnam) with 11 other candidates on the 5th of September, 2013. I was very proud and happy to enter the seminary. Being in "the house of God" had always been the dream of my life. I loved a life in fraternity with my Bishop, priests, and other brothers. The seminary is a great place to cultivate the virtues. My family was very happy when they knew that I wanted to become a priest.
In August 2014, we were called to the Consulate General in Saigon to be interviewed, and after a month we were granted visas to enter the United States. We arrived in Dallas on October 28, 2014. We were very happy to reunite with our grandparents and our big family. We are delighted to be living, studying, and working in this wonderful country.
I studied English at Richland College for two years. I was selected and called to become a seminarian of the diocese in February 2017. All are the gifts of God. According to Saint Thérèse de Lisieux: "My vocation is love. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and then I will be all things.”