Brother Dominic Savio is from Vinh City in central Viet Nam and has been a Cistercian monk for 16 years. His legal name is Luu Tran. In 2012, his Abbot and community assigned him to the United States to learn more about monastic life and to improve his English speaking skills at the Benedictine monastery of Mount Saviour in Pine City, N.Y. For 13 years, he lived in the monastery Our Lady of Grace in the Ba Ria Diocese in Viet Nam. He is a skilled wood carver and artist who has crafted many art pieces since coming to the U.S.
“I was born in a traditional Vietnamese Catholic family, so I grew up around many of my relatives who are priests, which led me to consider the priesthood for many years. Now that I have been sent by my community to Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, I leave the rest up to God!”