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“To be MSC means to be yourself”

This is the sentence that impressed me and helped me make the decision to join the MSC order.

My name is Trieu Nguyen and I come from Viet Nam. I was a diocesan seminarian for three years. At the end of the third year I was directed by the Rector to leave the seminary and go to the Philippines to undertake a leadership course. At that time although very disappointed and sad to leave my brothers, I trusted that I would come to understand God’s will through this decision. I looked for where I could best serve God because I accepted that I was not suited to the diocesan priesthood.

During the time in the Philippines I remembered that I had been introduced to the MSC order by a priest who had been given a spiritual direction scholarship by them. I asked an Australia friend, who was my English teacher in the seminary to help me connect with the MSCs in Australia. He did that for me and that is how I began my association with them and was in time invited to join them.Trieu 2

Looking back on my life story so far there is joy and sadness, happiness and suffering, hope and disappointment. I have always believed that God is present in my life even though sometimes I have felt abandoned.  I also understand that God has a plan for each of us and it is a mystery that must unfold as we journey with Him. When I was in the seminary, I had no desire to go overseas. I didn’t give it a thought. But here I am and ready to join the pre-noviciate year with three others.

I do not know what will happen in the future, but I believe that God has called me here. He will help me and remain with me. I am at peace and I take this gift with me as I begin this important year. It will inspire me to trust God further and to share it with all I meet in my new life as a missionary of Jesus’ love.