Simon Nguyen

School:

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

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

Background

I was born and grew up in Conyers, Georgia. My parents are immigrants from Vietnam. I’m the oldest of two and a first-generation American here in the United States.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I like to play sports such as soccer, basketball, and football. I also like to listen to music and fishing.

What is one of your favorite scriptures?

1 Peter, Chapter 5, Verses 8-9: Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.

Who is your favorite saint and why?

My favorite saint is Marcel Van. He is a Vietnamese religious brother that suffered a lot due to the communist regime. However, he still persevered and remained faithful to the Lord and Our Blessed Mother. Marcel Van reminds me to always put my faith in the Lord and persevere through the challenges that I face through life.

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 and the gospel of God calling Moses to save his people. It gave me confidence and it reminded me that whatever I do God is always with me.

What is seminary life like for you?

I’m going into my last year of College Seminary and it has been a very fruitful experience. I got to meet so many holy men that are also trying to answer God’s call. I’ve learned so many things about myself and also learned how to let the Lord take over and work on me.

What do you look forward to about being a priest?

I’m looking forward to visiting the sick and the elderly that are homebound because I feel like that’s what it takes to be a spiritual father. A spiritual father not only has to tend the sheep in his church but also the sick ones around him.

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

It is a very difficult decision but a man just has to let go of his desires and let God take over. God is constantly calling young men to the priesthood it is up to the man to decide if he could let go of everything and be disciple of Jesus Christ.