For My Nguyen, formation at Aquinas Institute is helping her achieve her call to service. 

“The Incarnate Word’s love for me inspires me to be His hands and feet,” she says.

My was raised in Houston, Texas, and comes from a strong Catholic family, laying the foundation for her vocational journey. She received a master’s in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University and worked in that field for several years before beginning her formation. Her feeling of “being home” with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word brought her to the postulancy, as part of the formation for entering the congregation.

My sees how her experiences have prepared her to pursue a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Aquinas Institute.

“In hindsight, I see God maybe trying to guide me towards that pastoral care or chaplaincy…He is perhaps steering me in that direction,” she says.

My is leaving her future open to God’s will. 

“Occupational therapy has really prepared me for that one-on-one experience; my patients used to ask me, ‘Why is this happening to me? Why am I paralyzed? What did I do wrong?’” 

My says her training at Aquinas is affirming her hopes that she can be able to serve patients and respond: “It’s not because of your sins that [this thing] happened.”

The study of theology is very new to My, but with a graduate student’s background already, she is excited to find more fulfillment. 

“Theology sparked my desire to learn even more…it pushes me more,” she says.

Facing the challenges that come with being a student and a postulant, she has decided to view this time of her life as an opportunity for growth rather than as an obstacle. As she continues her academic studies and spiritual formation, she finds that she can carry with her St. Anselm’s famous saying: “Faith seeking understanding.” 

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