LACEY, Wash. – Father Marion Nguyen, O.S.B., took his solemn vows on the Feast of Saint Benedict July 11 at Saint Martin’s Abbey, formally making a lifelong commitment to the Order of Saint Benedict.
His simple vows were taken Aug. 15, 2013, at Saint Martin’s. A friendship with a member of Saint Martin’s Abbey led him to explore becoming a Benedictine, a process that began in 2010 and developed during the next two years.
Since first joining the Saint Martin’s community, he has worked with its Benedictine Institute and this year, with the Saint Martin’s University Office of Institutional Advancement, as well as taught classes. For several months, he served St. Mary’s Parish in Anacortes. In August, Father Marion will travel to Rome to begin doctoral studies on monastic spirituality at the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo.
Father Marion is a graduate of O’Dea High School in Seattle and was accepted into the seminary program for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He attended St. John Vianny Seminary on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. After graduation, he was formed at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and attended the Pontifical Gregorian University, also in Rome.
In 2002, he spent a pastoral year at St. Anthony in Renton with Father Gary Zender, then returned to seminary and attended the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 2004, at St. James for the Archdiocese of Seattle, then served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph in Vancouver. In 2005, was placed in Bellingham as parochial vicar for Sacred Heart Parish and chaplain for the Newman Center at Western Washington University. He was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart in 2009, and was released in mid-2012 to begin his discernment of the monastic life.
Father Marion was born Qui-Thac Nguyen on Nov. 3, 1976, in Vietnam. He is the second of four children of Thien Nguyen and Thu-Trinh Pham of Everett. When he was four, his family escaped by boat, was raided by sea pirates and eventually “washed onto the shores” of Thailand, where his family lived in a refugee camp for three years. They eventually began a new life in Everett, where Father Marion and his siblings attended Immaculate Conception School. His family remains active in parish affairs and in Vietnamese community life in the area.
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