Who We Are
We are Đoàn Tôma Thiện, a chapter of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement in the United States. As part of the Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Norcross, GA, we've been serving the Vietnamese Catholic youth in the north-metro-Atlanta region since 1996. Together with all other chapters of VEYM around the world, we work to bring our youth closer to Christ and to guide them in spreading the Good News of the Gospel.
Our Mission and Purpose
The Eucharistic Youth Movement has two general purposes:
To educate and train youths in becoming a better person as well as an excellent Christian
To organize and to guide all youths in spreading the Good News of the Gospel and to actively be involved in working for the good of society through charitable services and helping others.
Our Foundation and Ideal
The Eucharistic Youth Movement utilizes God's Word in the Scriptures and the teaching of the Catholic Church as the basis for educating and guiding the youth in its activities.
Eucharistic Youth Movement accepts the Eucharistic Jesus Christ as its focal point, as source of spiritual life, and as ideal for the life of its members.
1. Live God’s Word and be united with the Eucharistic Christ through Prayer, Communion, Sacrifice, and Apostolic Work under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, particularly apostolic work by the youth: “The youth must do apostolic work first and directly to the youth” (Decree Lay Apostolicity, no. 12)
2. Love and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Savior, so that through Our Mother, we receive Christ and take Christ into our lives in a perfect way.
3. Honor the Vietnamese Martyrs; follow their examples to become witnesses for the Good News of Christ.
4. Love and obey the representative of Christ, the Pope, who is the leader of the Eucharistic Youth, and at the same time pray and implement the monthly wishes of the Holy Father.
5. Improve humanity; protect and develop Vietnamese traditions and culture.
Behind the Đoàn Patch
After 23 years, we’re excited to release for the first time ever our đoàn patch! To explain some of the symbolism:
Each color represents the various branches of our movement, including Ấu Nhi, Thiếu Nhi, Nghĩa Sĩ, Hiệp Sĩ and Huynh Trưởng.
The chalice and TNTT cross with the sun rays above it embody the Eucharist as the source and summit of our lives.
The chalice is intertwined with Vietnam as the Vietnamese culture intertwines with our faith and grounds us in our heritage.
The map of the state of Georgia then shifts us back to reminding us of how far we've come in bringing VEYM beyond the Vietnamese borders. The TNTT cross is also conveniently located approximately near our home, Norcross, GA.
The palm leaves represent the 117 Holy Vietnamese Martyrs who laid the foundation for our faith and continue to watch over us as the patrons of our parish.
Who is Saint Tôma Trần Văn Thiện?
St. Tôma Thiện was executed by King Minh Mạng on September 21, 1838 because he refused to step over the cross.
Tôma Thiện was canonized on June 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
Feast Day of Tôma Thiện: September 21