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My full name is Dominic Tuan Khac Anh Do. I was born and raised in a Catholic family in Vietnam. My parents are retired, giving them time to help take care of their grandchildren. I have five siblings, two brothers and three sisters. I am the youngest son in my family.
My childhood was blessed with great love from my parents and my siblings. I followed my mother and my father to church every single day when I was a little boy. My parents were the first people to teach me how to say the rosary and other Catholic prayers.
When I was in Vietnam, I happily went to church every single day. Those times were great for me because I could listen to the priest teaching about ethics and the love of God. Slowly I felt love for a priest’s life and priest’s deeds.
Moreover, when I listened to priests teaching in the church and watched movies about God’s life and saints’ lives, I thought and felt that God and Catholicism are perfect. I began loving to study about God and loving to study about the lives of the saints.
While studying in Vietnam, I met a priest who told me about the vocation to the priesthood. He said that I was a good man and I could become a good priest. His observation made me happy and I thought one day I would like to become a priest to serve God and his people.
Certain activities encouraged me to continue to think about the vocation to the priesthood. Participating in charity activities with the nuns from the convent of Mother Teresa of Calcutta enabled me to see the living sacrifice and service of the sisters. I participated in their work of caring, teaching and playing with children 8 to 16 years old. This helped me understand the value of loving more.
Additionally, visiting the sick and elderly patients in a hospital in Vietnam encouraged me to help others seek the peace God offers them as a gift. I felt very blessed and happy to show the goodness of God to those who need it. Artistically, I learned to work with toothpicks and wooden chopsticks to create Christian fantasy churches. I have had much fun with these works of art which also helps me to use my time constructively.
When I came to United States several years ago, I still desired to seek a vocation to the priesthood. I like this country so much because it is a land of peace, and Americans are very friendly. By the grace of God, I met Deacon Louis Tuyen Do and he told me a lot about the great people of the Diocese of Little Rock.
I am so fortunate to have met Father Jack Vu and Msgr. Scott Friend. I am especially thankful to Bishop Anthony B. Taylor for accepting me and allowing me to pursue this dream of a lifetime. I am grateful to the Diocese of Little Rock for your warm welcome, your support and especially for your prayers.