Fr. Tam Nguyen O.P. was born in 1968 in Bac Giang, Vietnam.
He grown up and had his basic education there in the North of Vietnam. After completing high school (in 1986), he joined the Underground Postulants’ group of the Diocese of Bac Ninh (in the North Of Vietnam) in preparing and waiting for the permission from the Government to enter the “Government-recognized” Seminary in Ha Noi (up to now, in order to enter any Seminary in Vietnam, the candidate always needs to obtain the approval of the Government, which is not always granted).
Because of the political difficulty, after some years, the Bishop recommended him to join the Dominican Order in Hochiminh City (former Saigon), in the South of Vietnam where the political situation was a bit easier. He, then, "secretly" joined the Dominican Order and made his profession in Saigon, in 1993.
During his Dominican formation, he did two years-program of philosophy (1993-1995) at the Dominican House of Studies in Hochiminh City, and some theological studies here until 1999 when he continued the theological program for priesthood at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, in Manila, Philippines. At this university he also obtained a Licentiate in Theology with a distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 2001. In this same year, he was ordained priest at Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City, Manila.
By the end of year 2001, he arrived in Belgium where he had a further study in Theology, at the Faculty of Theology, Catholic University of Louvain (K.U Leuven). Here he obtained a double degree: Master of Theology and Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatum, both with distinction of Magna Cum Laude in 2003.
From 2003 he has done a lot of researches in Fundamental Theology, Theology of Religions, and Inter-religious Dialogue. On the other hand, he has also studied different languages which are needed for his theological research as well as his pastoral works. Besides Vietnamese (his mother tongue), he can speak English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. He also has a basic knowledge of Dutch and Chinese.
In June 2013 he obtained his Doctorate in Theology (STD & PHD) at the University of Louvain-la-Neuf. His dissertation's title was: "Gerald O’Collins’ understanding of symbols, experience and divine revelation – an accommodation for a Christian approach to the world religions and interreligious dialogue in the line of Jacques Dupuis."
Since September 2013 he has joined the teaching group of the Dominican University Online (domuni) at the same time continuing his pastoral mission in Brussels.