Brother Loren Tran will make first profession to the Dominican Order on Sunday, August 9 along with five other classmates. Brother Loren is the son of Tuan Viet Tran and Thoa Thi Nguyen of Kansas City, MO. They are members of The Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Kansas City.
Loren was very involved with his parish in Kansas City, with Cursillo, and with the Vietnamese Catholics. He attended Lincoln College Prep, graduating in 2001, and attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studied science. This led him to pursue studies in medicine at Michigan State University. During his studies he concluded that this was not going to fulfill his incredible desire to serve others.
Loren met two Dominicans at Michigan State during a vocations weekend. In this encounter he saw the direction for his life embedded in an apostolic religious community: the Order of Preachers.
He applied to the Order and was accepted to the novitiate, a one-year time of discernment under the guidance of a novice master. The emphasis of this year is growth in personal self-awareness and development, and growth in prayer and learning the ways of Dominican community life. During first profession, these men take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. Afterwards, they will append the suffix “O.P” to their name for the Order of Preachers, founded in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman; the Friars will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Order next year (2016).
The six novices making profession will join seventeen other student brothers in St. Louis. The students live in community at St. Dominic Priory and attend Aquinas Institute of Theology for their theological education as seminarians for the next six years.
The Province of St. Albert the Great consists of 14 Midwestern states, including Missouri.