Bishop Joseph Nguyen Tan Tuoc of Phu Cuong diocese urged eleven newly ordained Jesuit priests to be living gospels for the salvation of God’s people in Vietnam on December 3.
“Love the Gospel and become living gospels that show God’s people the way of salvation”, Bishop Tuoc told the the newly ordained Jesuits, citing the example of St Francis Xavier, the patron of the Vietnamese Province.
The priestly ordination took place at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Thu Duc, Vietnam, on the feast of St. Francis Xavier.
The bishop highlighted the urgency of evangelizing modern society, “When a person realizes that he or she belongs to God and is blessed by His grace, that person freely commits his or her entire self to God and His people.”
Bishop Tuoc presided over the ordination Mass and the new Vietnamese Provincial Father Joseph Pham Tuan Nghia of Jesuit Vietnam province, together with more than 170 priests, concelebrated.
About 2,500 people participated in the priestly ordination Mass.
On behalf of the new priests and the whole province, Provincial Father Nghia thanked Bishop Tuoc, priests, religious, benefactors, collaborators, and the families and relatives of the newly ordained at the end of the Mass.
Father Nghia was appointed as the new Provincial of Vietnam Province by the General Superior of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa on October 18, 2021 and officially took over his office on November 21, 2022 at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate’s chapel in Thu Duc, Vietnam.
In 2007, the Vietnamese Province of the Society of Jesus (often known as the Jesuits) was established. 95 priests, 125 scholastics, 16 brothers, and 36 novices make up 272 members of the Province.
Jesuit residences of the Province are located in Hanoi, Da Nang, Lam Dong, Dong Nai, Long Xuyen, Pleiku, and Nghe An. - With inputs from viejesuits.org
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