by Fr. Dick Bayuk, C.PP.S., Vice Provincial Director
On Sunday afternoon, December 14, St. Henry Church on Chicago’s far north side was filled with great joy and promise during Advent. A large number of the Chicago Vietnamese community joined Diocesan Vietnamese priests, representatives of several religious congregations and Precious Blood priests, brothers, and sisters to celebrate the ordination of Loi Huu (John Vianney) Nguyen and Truc Minh (Joseph) Vu to the Diaconate. Both men are in their final stages of study and formation at Catholic Theological Union, and will be returning to Vietnam following their ordination to the Priesthood, where they will join the other members of the Vietnam Mission in service to the Church.
Bishop Joseph Charron, C.PP.S. referred to the readings that were proclaimed for the Third Sunday of Advent in his instruction to Loi and Truc during his homily. He emphasized that the words of Isaiah the prophet are a call to service as Deacons as well: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. The Lord has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God.” Paul’s exhortation in the second reading was a call to “Rejoice always and to pray without ceasing.” In the Gospel, John the Baptist made it clear that his (and our) call is to point the way to Jesus, not call attention to ourselves.
Congratulations, Loi and Truc. Welcome to the ministry of the Diaconate. May you be blessed with many fruitful years of service to the Church as Missionaries of the Precious Blood.