Jesuits welcome their second Cambodian to Society
Chour Damo made his vows at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in the Philippines in May, and is now a Jesuit scholastic.
The Society of Jesus has welcomed Cambodian national Chour Damo, 29, to pronounce his perpetual vows in the Society of Jesus, signifing his formal entrance into the order.
He is only the second Cambodian to become a Jesuit, after Ham Toeun, who is presently doing his regency in Svay Sisophon, Cambodia.
Damo made his vows at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in the Philippines in May, and is now a Jesuit scholastic.
There are around 30,000 Catholics in Cambodia representing only 0.15% of the total population.
Damo is from the province of Kampong Cham, northeast of Phnom Penh. As a young boy, from the age of 8, Damo was already attracted to the life of priests. He met many priests in Cambodia and saw how they were happy while busy helping other people.
Damo’s awareness of and introduction to religious life began while he was at university, when he lived with other students at the Catholic Church Student Centre, where he met Jesuit priests such as Fr Ashley Evans and Fr Kang Ingun.
After his graduation, Damo entered the novitiate in the Philippines in 2012, where he spent two years with novices from the Philippines.
After two years as a novice, Damo has returned to Cambodia to obtain his official academic records and visit his family.
He returns to Manila on July 19 for English language studies at the Arrupe International Residence before he begins his philosophy studies.