by Br. Daryl Charron, C.PP.S., Vietnam Mission
“Chua khoi vong da cong duoi.” “Don’t celebrate until you are 100% sure there is a reason to do so.” This Vietnamese proverb says a lot about the culture. Vietnamese people celebrate special occasions well. The Vietnam Mission truly celebrated on April 7th when the number of its members went from five to nine. We welcomed Hoa Vincent Vu, Ky Joseph Phung, Hao Paul Pham, and Diep Joseph Vu into our Congregation. We also celebrated the Pledged Candidacy of An Martin Nguyen and Dung John Nguyen. The sisters of the Lasan Community hosted us at their convent in their newly restored chapel. It was a joyous occasion in which to celebrate the new life brought into our Vietnam Mission this Easter season.
“Con nuoc, con tat.” “While there’s life, there’s hope.” Our provincial, Fr. Joe Nassal, gave an inspirational homily focusing on the hope imbued in our new members and candidates as we move forward into our future. The chapel this day was completely full of the families and friends of our new members and candidates. We celebrated the generosity of the families of these young men as they gave to our Congregation missionaries for the ministry of the Church.
“Cay lanh sinh trai ngot.” “Good tree produces fruit.” This Vietnamese proverb reminds me of the words of our founder, St. Gaspar in his letter to Monsignor Bellisario Cristaldi as he spoke of the seminarians of his day. St. Gaspar said, “Inexpressible is my joy in seeing here in S. Felice a community so full of young ecclesiastics who, after having completed their work in the seminaries, are now preparing themselves as the hope of the Church. These are the new olive plants that surround the table, the altar; and God is glorified and blessed.” We have a similar sentiment today as we celebrate the “new fruit” brought to our Congregation – The Missionaries of the Precious Blood.