Three new Jesuit priests for the mission in Vietnam
During the celebrations, five other Jesuit deacons too were ordained in the presence of more than 60 priests and 2,500 faithful.
Three newly ordained priests of the Society of Jesus in Vietnam have started their pastoral service in the country to the delight of the congregation and the entire Christian community.
Tommaso d'Aquino Ta Trung Hai, Joseph Chu Thai Hiep and Anthony Nguyen Thenh Nguyen were ordained priests on August 22.
During the celebrations, presided over by Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh of Kontum and concelebrated by the Jesuit Provincial, Father Joseph Pham Thanh Liem, five other Jesuit deacons too were ordained in the presence of more than 60 priests and 2,500 faithful.
Vietnam is considered a ‘fertile ground’ for the Society of Jesus; in recent years the vocations of the congregation have multiplied. The centrepiece of the Jesuit formation is the ‘San Giuseppe Scholasticate’ in Ho Chi Minh City, an institute that welcomes more than 50 students and each year receive more than 100 new candidates, all young Vietnamese.
The Jesuits arrived in Vietnam in 1615 and for 150 years have contributed significantly to root the Catholic Church in the country. In 1975, with the advent of the Communist regime, many religious were forced to leave the country. In 2007, the Province of the Jesuits in Vietnam was officially rebuilt and since then the flowering of vocations has been constant.
Source: Agenzia Fides