School: Notre Dame Seminary
2901 S. Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Background

My name is Giakhai (Kevin) Nguyen. I was born in Lai Thieu, Diocese of Phu Cuong, Viet Nam. My parents, who are originally from Lai Thieu, have two children, me and my younger sister. My father’s side is straight Catholic but my mother’s side is not. I have grown up in Lai Thieu until 2008. After that, I and my family immigrated to United States for family reunion. I straightly moved to Atlanta, Georgia until now.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I love to travel to wonder places in the world, from Europe to Asian. Specially, I would like to travel to Rome, Italy, the capital of Catholic Cristian, and Jerusalem, Holy Land. I am also interested in hanging out with my friends on the weekend, playing Bing pong, and going to the beach.

What is one of your favorite scriptures?

One of my favorite scriptures is Genesis. Genesis reveals the creation of earth, sun, moon, day, night, man, and all creatures. The great of nature is the glory of our God.

Who is your favorite saint and why?
Saint Francis Xavier, he was the first person who had sown the seed of faith in Asia and brought Jesus to Asian. He is also my patron.

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

When I was in altar service group, I used to think about the priesthood to serve the Lord and his people, who are seeking to His kingdom. I had kept that thought of priesthood for few years. Finally, I decided to meet with vocation director and let him guide me to discern to God’s will.
I am so happy and excited that I have the chance to seek the God’s intent. I also feel peaceful that every day I have plenty of time to pray and study to priest formation. Hopefully, I will be a servant of God one day.

What is seminary life like for you?

The seminary life is partially like the college life. Furthermore, seminarians are invited to pray usually and to grow up in spiritual life. Seminary life helps people to grow up and mature with humanity, holiness, devotion, and intellectuality. Seminary life also helps seminarians to discern daily to God’s will and His intent toward our life, what He want us to do.

What do you look forward to about being a priest?

I am trying my best every day in seminary to become responsible, holy, and good priest. I also hope that I could well learn the languages of diocese, where I belong to, to serve God and His People.

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

People are called to discern God’s will to serve his kingdom. Let us carefully seeking the intent of God through prayer, life, and scripture, so we may listen to the call by Christ.