Xavier Mission House in Saigon celebrated the Feast of St. Francis Xavier on December 3rd. We commemorated the patron saint of our Community and of our house through evening prayer and a meal together. The members and inquirers of Hoa Hung Community as well as Sr. Hang Pham and potential future lay associates joined us. Our worship time together included focusing on St. Francis Xavier’s letter to St. Ignatius. St. Francis said, “Lord I am here! What do you want me to do? Send me anywhere you like.”
Reflecting on St. Francis Xavier’s words, Fr. Nhan and Sr. Hang shared their recent ministry experiences of being sent this past month to An Nhon Parish of Gialai Province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam to provide food and spiritual support to 13 families living in a leper colony there. The following weekend, they gave a retreat to potential lay associates to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ at Chan Son Abbey in Don Duong District of Lam Dong Province. The theme of their retreat was, “Listen and Answer the Call.” During this retreat, Nhan and Hang discovered that our charisms of reconciliation and renewal is needed for those rejected by other religious communities. They have both shared that part of our future ministry together can be trying to bring healing to such individuals.