Simon Nguyen


St. Joseph Seminary College
75376 River Road
St. Benedict, LA 70457

School: St. Joseph Seminary College
75376 River Road
St. Benedict, LA 70457

Tell us about where you grew up and your family background?

I was born and raised in Conyers, Georgia and I’m the oldest of two. I attended Georgia State University for two years majoring in Business Administration.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I like sports and listening to music.

What is one of your favorite scriptures?

Psalms 23 verse 4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.”

Who is your favorite saint and why?

My favorite saint is Saint Michael the Archangel. I like him because he escorts the faithful to heaven at their hour of death.

In a nutshell, what is your vocation story? How did you feel called to the priesthood?

It started when I got to go back for the summer to Vietnam to visit my cousin who is a seminarian. During my time there, I was able to go to mass daily and pray. I started to feel and have an attraction to the priesthood, but I still wasn’t sure if God was calling me. I was a very shy kid and I’m not capable of talking in front of others. I
remember praying to God that night asking him to give me a sign and questioning him about how to deal with my weaknesses. It was the very next morning that I went to mass where God answered all of my questions through the priest’s homily. It gave me confidence and it reminded me that whatever I do God is always with me.

What is seminary life like for you?

Seminary life is great! I got make a lot of new friends and grow more in my faith.

What do you look forward to about being a priest?

I look forward to hearing confessions and anointing the sick during their hour of death because I feel like that is the time where they need God the most.

What advice do you have for other guys thinking about the priesthood?

Pray to God and don’t be afraid because it is not you who is choosing him, but it is he who has chosen you.