Seattle Vocations


My journey to the priesthood

May 17, 2020

Hi Everyone,

My name is Deacon Thomas Tran. I am a transitional deacon scheduled to be ordained a priest of Jesus Christ for the Archdiocese of Seattle on June 6th, 2020 at St. James Cathedral (Closed to the public, please see the end of this article for ways to join the livestream. –Seattle Vocations). I am excited about this and looking forward to serving you. I am grateful to Almighty God and thankful for my family, Archdiocese, friends, and benefactors who have prayed and supported me through the years. May God bless you all.

Background: I was born and raised in a devout Catholic family. I am the oldest of five children. I have one brother and three sisters. I attended public schools in Vietnam. After graduating from high school, I spent five years working on the family farm. During this time, I was involved with a local community that was affiliated with a Cistercian monastery in the area. I assisted the youth group by working with and helping the poor in the region. In 2000, I entered the Abbey of Chau Son in Vietnam and then in 2003, moved to the Abbey of New Clairvaux in California to pursue a monastic life. However, I experienced many health problems due to severe allergies. In 2010, I relocated to Seattle, Washington, where I connected with friends from Vietnam. In the same year, I applied to the formation program for the priesthood of the Archdiocese and was accepted in 2011. I started my first year of formation at Bishop White Seminary and graduated from Gonzaga University with Philosophy Degree in 2015. I began theological studies at Mount Angel Seminary in 2015 and just graduated on May 8, 2020 with a Master of Divinity Degree. After ordination, I will be assigned to All Saints parish in Puyallup and St. Martin of Tours in Fife. I hope to see you at some point and together we will praise and glorify God with our voices and deeds.

Hobbies: I enjoy a variety of things, such as following sports, hiking, biking, cooking, fishing, and walking.  When I was young, I watched the World Cup Football matches (soccer) with my dad and siblings. My favorite team was Argentina, and a favorite soccer player was Diego Armando Maradona. I enjoy watching world soccer games and college basketball. I like to fix a meal for others and myself. I like to spend my quiet time in the woods, on the river trails, or on the beach. That is the best way for me to connect with nature, refresh, and relax.

Looking forward: St. Teresa of Calcutta once said: “Do small things with great love.” This always reminds me that whatever I do – big or small – for the least of God’s people with great love – I do it for Jesus. I look forward to serving the people of God in the Archdiocese of Seattle in particularly. I am excited to celebrate the Holy Mass, the sacraments, pass on the Catholic faith, and walk with people on their journeys toward heaven. To be able to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus, I must have a relationship with Jesus through prayers and devotions and a loving heart like Jesus toward everyone. In other words, to fall in love with Jesus is to fall in love with His people.

A message to young people: I encourage you to open yourself to God through prayers, works of charity, and getting involved with Catholic teachings and its tradition. I invite you to listen to your heart and respond to what the Lord has planned for you to serve Him and His people. Normally, God reveals His Will to people in a small way or a tiny voice. Consider that there is something God wants; for you to be a priest, a religious sister or brother, a husband, a wife, a child of God. I assure that you are in my prayers. 


Join the livestream of Deacon Thomas Tran's Ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday, June 6th at 10AM: or

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