Dominic Nguyen

Theology I
St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN
St. Peter Vietnamese Community, Des Moines

My name is Dominic Hiep Nguyen. My home parish is St. Peter Vietnamese Community Church. I was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S. when I was fourteen. I grew up in a religious family and have always felt called to become a priest. The thinking of priesthood came into my life when I was very young; it was around when I was seven-years-old. I still remember when I prayed with my aunt, who is a nun, and she taught me how to pray to God: "Lord, if you chose me, please show me your sign and use me as your instrument." After that time, I felt like I had a calling. When I grew up, the thinking of the priesthood was never left out of my mind. When I was twelve-years-old, I joined the Altar Boy. At that time, I had a chance to reach the priest and the altar and learn about my vocation. But two years after, when I was fourteen, my family moved to the U.S. In the U.S., I had to learn about the culture and language to adapt to life. It is difficult for me, but I know God is always with me and helps me to pass over the difficulties.

After completing my undergraduate studies in philosophy, I knew that I wanted to continue my education and discern my vocation further. That's when I discovered St. Paul Seminary. This institution will provide me with the spiritual, intellectual, human, and pastoral formation I need to become the best priest I can be. I am excited about the opportunity to learn from experienced theologians and to grow in my faith alongside my fellow seminarians. I am committed to serving God and His people and believe St. Paul Seminary is the perfect place to achieve my goals.