srvanMeet Sr. Maria Goretti Thu-Vân Nguyễn

Current Ministry: Studying for Nursing / Hometown: Atlanta, GA/ Birthday: March 1

Songs: Con Vẫn Trong Cậy Chúa by Nguyen Duy & Phanxico, Hiến Thân Cho Ngài by Huy Hoang,

I refused by Josh Wilson

Book: The Bible,

Spirituality books by Henri Nouwen & Anthony de Mello

Bible Verse: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord" LK 1:46

"I came that you may have life and have it to the full." Jn 10:10

Inspirational Prayers: Serenity Prayer, Let Go & Let God

Movie: Frozen

Food: Canh Chua, Cá Kho Tộ, Thit Kho Tàu, Xườn rang

Fruit: Watermelon, Thanh Long fruit, Ổi

Color: All pastel colors

Place: The Park, the Kitchen

1. What drew you to religious life?

It began with an incident. My Associate Pastor invited me along with two of my younger sister's friends to bid them farewell as they enter religious life. At the convent, I met Sr. Đăng and received a 30-second inner peace that I will never forget. As I parted the girls after a week-long trip at the Daughters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, they cried and asked me to stay with them. Since I couldn't stay, I made a promise to return. I went back to Atlanta and asked my parents, but they refused to let me go. However, with persistence, my parents finally agreed. As a result, on August 2003, I packed up my bags, stayed true to my promise, and flew back to the Daughters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

2. What is your favorite way to pray?

One of my favorite ways to pray is the Rosary. My most beautiful memory of prayers is praying the rosary every morning and night with my family as taught by my mother. At the present, besides spiritual reading, I also enjoy having a simple conversation with God and Mother Mary about how I feel each day.

3. What is your most faith-filled memorable event?

There are two events. The first is the Day I enter the Novitiate. It was after Katrina and everything was in chaos. I didn't think it was possible for me to continue my vocation but then I received news that I will. I was so happy. The second event is my first profession. I enjoyed everything about that day. It was like a fairytale and I was overflowed with joy!

4. What is the best part about living in community?

I love community life! I love the fact that I always have someone to talk, share, laugh, eat, pray, and play with.

5. What do you do for fun?

I read, take nature walk, watch movies (I love criminal minds!), and eat.

6. People would be surprised to learn that….

I hate wearing a dress! But now, I will wear one for the rest of my life.

7. What gives you hope about religious life?

A lot of chances! There are a lot of chances to learn new things, to practice discipline, to correct myself, to reflect, to know more about myself and my purpose in life.

8. What would you like to say to young people who are thinking about religious life?

Just try it! Try it out and come to see if you like it. You have nothing to lose!