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Frater Trieu Cao, SVD, looked at the acorn he picked from the ground beneath a centuries-old oak tree at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and saw a symbol of his call to religious vocation as a member of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).

Since his student days at Divine Word College, he dealt with personal questions about his faith. He found answers during his novitiate year—at the 30-day retreat at the SVD retreat center at Bay St. Louis.

Trieu Cao, SVD, looked at the acorn he picked from the ground beneath a centuries-old oak tree at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and saw a symbol of his call to a religious vocation as a member of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).

Since his student days at Divine Word College, he dealt with personal questions about his faith. He found answers during his novitiate year—during the 30-day retreat at the SVD retreat center at Bay St. Louis.

“The thing I got out of my 30-day retreat is hope and the acorn is a sign of my vocation and a new beginning for me,” he said. “It is a symbol of my faith, I have to protect it, I have to nurture it and I have to grow it.”

Now living at the SVD Theologate in Chicago, Frt. Trieu is working on two master’s degrees and looking forward to his ordination as a Divine Word Missionary priest in May 2020. But his journey has taken many turns on its way to that oak tree and he has benefited from good advice along the way.

Published at the newsletter “Missionary Minutes”- July 2019