These men are among those currently in formation with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in the United States.  Scroll down for more information on each seminarian.

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Br. Paul Nguyen, OMV

Temporary Paul

Br. Paul hails from Long Beach, CA and is the oldest of four children.  He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Cal State Long Beach and worked in web design and development before joining the Oblates in September 2010.  He also plays the violin, providing music for various church liturgies and has performed with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.  He took first vows as an Oblate on August 5, 2014.

“This is a house of Mary.  For me, it all started with Mary.  It is all too fitting that I am here with her.”


Br. Rafael Solorio, OMV

Temporary Rafael

Br. Rafael, the eighth of ten children, was born and raised in a small town in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.  He came to the United States when he was eighteen years old and worked for eleven years as a psychiatric technician in a developmental center helping the developmentally disabled.  A resident of L.A., Br. Rafael met the Oblates at our parish in Hawaiian Gardens.  He entered Our Lady of Grace Seminary in the Fall of 2011 and took first vows as an Oblate on August 5, 2014.

“The Oblates at St. Peter Chanel with their powerful witness and our Blessed Mother Mary have led me to discern my vocation to the religious life and priesthood.”


Nathan Marzonie

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Nathan comes to us from Flushing, MI.  An Armenian, Nathan is fluent in both Armenian and Turkish as well as English. He is the fifth of six children and was homeschooled before entering the University of Michigan.  He graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Molecular Biology and a B.S. in Laboratory Science.  He applied to medical school but felt a call to enter the seminary.  He joined the Oblates in September 2012 and entered novitiate in August of 2014.

His favorite quote:

“The world offers you comfort; you were not made for comfort, but for greatness.” — Pope Benedict XVI


Chris Shaw

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Chris is from Rosamond, CA and is the youngest of twelve children. An Eagle Scout, Chris was homeschooled and eventually earned his associates degree in Administration of Justice from Antelope Valley College.  His six years of service in the Army National Guard saw him living in such diverse places as Germany, Kosovo, and several locations throughout the United States.  He worked for the next three years as he discerned a call to the priesthood and religious life.  He has just entered the novitiate year.

His favorite quote:

“Love alone suffices.” — St. Therese of Lisieux


Paul Kallal

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Coming to us from Jerseyville, IL (near St. Louis) and one of three children, Paul attended a Catholic grade school and public high school before earning his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing in St. Louis.  He worked for several years as a nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Paul first met the Oblates at our OMV parish of St. Mary’s in Alton, Illinois and entered Our Lady of Grace Seminary in September 2013.  He is now in his novitiate year.

His favorite quote:

“We are called by the voice of God, by the voice of that ultimate being, to pierce through the irrelevance of our life…”                       — Thomas Merton



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