Mr. Joseph Thuy Van Nguyen

Joseph Thuy Van Nguyen
College
Ha Noi University, Vietnam
Seminary Attending
Class Year
Pre-Theology I

What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood
Fortunately, I was born a devout family in countryside parish. When I was a child, my parents often took me to the Church to pray and for the celebration of mass. That helped me to develop my faith in God. I was active as an altar server in my parish, I felt very happy every time served the altar. I liked to be close to priest to talk with him and receive his advice. Gradually, I realized that I wanted to remain close to God through a life of prayer and Church activities.

Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
The first people to influence my decision were my family. They always encouraged and invited me to follow the Jesus. The second person was my spiritual father. He directed and accompanied with me for many years, especially during my university studies. The most important thing these people did for me is that they prayed that I remain firm in my belief in God.

What would you say is the role of prayer in the life of a seminarian and what effect does it have on one's ability to see God's call?
For me, the role of prayer is very important in the life of Seminarian. When we want to follow Jesus, the best way to remain close to Him and see Him is through praying every day. Through prayer God will draw us close Himself and help us to better understand Him.

What advice would you give to a man who thinking about his vocation and is considering that God may be calling him to be a priest
God is merciful and gracious. He does not give up anyone who has good intention to serve the Church. So I would advise that man to choose a spiritual father to direct him and assist him in finding the way to best you should choose a spiritual father to direct you to find the best way understand God intention.

What do you like most about being a seminarian?
What I enjoy most about being a seminarian is living together as brothers and the way this life in community helps me to see God with my brothers.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
I think the greatest challenges are the fear of loneliness and understanding their feelings.

What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
My hobbies are traveling and playing sports. In my free time I also enjoy reading and visiting elderly people in my village or having a picnic with friends.

What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
I think that priests in our parishes should plan events for children in the parish. Through those events, the priests can teach them about the topic of  vocations through videos, pictures, and vocation stories. I think it also helps to plan visits for them to seminaries, monasteries, and convents. This will help them understand  the reality of a vocation.

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Joseph Thuy Van Nguyen
College
Ha Noi University, Vietnam
Seminary Attending
Class Year
Pre-Theology I