School: Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Church
4545 Timmers Way
Norcross, GA 30093
I was born and grew up on the south side of Atlanta in Jonesboro and Fayetteville, Georgia. My family includes my brother, mom, grandpa, and grandma. My family is Vietnamese. My brother and I were the first of our family born in the U.S.
What are your hobbies and interests?
My favorite activities are soccer, hiking, travelling, Chick-fil-A, and reading books. I also like playing volleyball, racquetball, running, and boxing. Outside of sports, I enjoy spending time with friends cooking, watching new movies, praying a rosary, drinking tea, or eating out at a good restaurant.
What is one of your favorite scriptures?
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” – John 10:10
Who is your favorite saint and why?
My favorite saint is Pope St. John Paul II. Though JP2 died when I was in middle school, as I grew in my faith, JP2’s life, love of Jesus and Mary, Theology of the Body, encyclicals and speeches taught and inspired me to live the Christian life as a young adult. Having travelled around the world, I have seen many JP2 churches, images, statues, and relics in nearly every place visited. It is amazing to see how the life of a saint can change lives and the world.
In a nutshell, what is your vocation story? How did you feel called to the priesthood?
I grew up cradle Catholic and attended Catholic schools until college when I attended Georgia Tech (go Jackets!). At the Catholic Center at Georgia Tech, I experienced an interior conversion deeper to the Catholic faith and began intentionally living the Christian life. I first thought about a priestly vocation upon seeing Father Kevin Peek, the chaplain at the time, live the priesthood around us students, and I decided to apply to seminary after hearing God asking me to go to seminary during Eucharistic Adoration on a Catholic Center retreat. With the support of the Georgia Tech Catholic Center community, friends discerning, priests, as well as prayer and the application process, I received affirmations and encouragement to continue on this journey. I am happy and excited to be at seminary and to continue discerning a call to the priesthood.
What do you look forward to about being a priest?
I look forward to participating in Jesus Christ’s priestly ministry of bringing God’s love to man and uniting the Church to God especially through Mass, reconciliation, prayer, and the life of a priest.
What advice do you have for other guys thinking about the priesthood?
Here are three things that I learned and helped me in my discernment journey. One, pray openly and honestly with God, especially if you are having a hard time accepting his will and the possibility of an extraordinary calling. Two, remember the time when the calling was clear and you were strong in your resolution. Three, seek community and relationships to support you and your discernment; share with a priest, close friends of faith, and holy people. The devil likes to attack us and pull us away from our true vocation when we are alone. Be not afraid. Trust in the Lord who created you, saves you, knows you, loves you, and desires your happiness.