The Society of Jesus in Vietnam ordains three new deacons, priest

 

Bishop Joseph Do Manh Hung, auxiliary bishop of Saigon Archdiocese, has ordained three new deacons and a priest in solemn rites at the chapel of St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate of the Society of Jesus in Vietnam on Friday morning 09 February 2018. The new deacons are Francis Xavier Hoang Khac Luan, SJ, Peter Nguyen Duc Thang, SJ, and Philip Tran Thanh Minh, SJ. The new priest is Augustine Nguyen Minh Trieu, SJ. Also present during the ordination rites were Fr. Vincent Pham Van Mam, SJ, Provincial of the Vietnam Jesuit Province, Jesuit priests and brothers, families and friends of the newly-ordained priest and deacons.

In his exhortation, Bishop Joseph urged the newly-ordained priest and deacons that they have been consecrated to God in a life of chastity and sanctity, “be well aware of the sacredness of your duties. Be holy as you deal with holy things.”

Bishop Joseph Do Manh Hung, posed with the newly-ordained deacons and priest after the mass and ordination rites at St Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate’s chapel. 

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Rev. Francis Xavier Hoang Khac Luan, SJ, 39, was born in Tay Ninh province of Vietnam. He graduated from the Dentistry Faculty of Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University. He joined the candidacy house of the Society of Jesus in 2005. After finishing the novitiate in 2009 in Thu Duc, Saigon, he studied philosophy at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate. For regency, he was assigned to Laos as a missionary. In 2014, he began his theology studies at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Saigon, Vietnam.

Rev. Fr. Augustine Nguyen Minh Trieu, SJ, 36, is from the Daklak province of Vietnam. He studied Economics at Nong Lam University – Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, Vietnam. In 2006 he joined the candidacy house of the Society of Jesus and in 2007 entered the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Thu Duc, Saigon. He studied philosophy at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Saigon, Vietnam. After three years of studying philosophy, Trieu did his regency at Vatican Radio, Rome for two years. In 2014 he began his theology studies at Gregorian University in Rome and now he is serving as assistant to the Rector of the Saint Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate.

Rev. Philip Tran Thanh Minh, SJ, 35, was born in Quang Nam province of Vietnam. He studied Laws at Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Saigon, Vietnam. In 1999, he joined the candidacy house of the Society of Jesus, and was admitted to the Sacred Heart Novitiate in 2007. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Saigon, Vietnam. For regency, he was assigned as assistant to the director of Alberto Hurtado Center for social and apostolic work of the Vietnam Province, and as minister of St. Ignatius Community. Now he is finishing his theology studies at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate.

Rev. Peter Nguyen Duc Thang, SJ, 35, is from Dong Nai province of Vietnam. He studied English for office management at Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages – Information Technology, Saigon, Vietnam. In 2000 he joined the candidacy house of the Society of Jesus and was admitted to the Sacred Heart Novitiate in 2006. After his philosophy studies, he was assigned to the Catholic student ministry for his regency in Da Lat and Da Nang. In 2013 he began his theology studies at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate. Since 2017 he has been missioned to Korean Province for social ministry and migrant services.

At the end of the Mass, Bishop Joseph expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the service of the Jesuits in Vietnam. He invited the Vietnamese Jesuits not only to continue their missions but also to prepare for universal missions in different cultures and peoples for the greater glory of God. With this ordination, the Vietnamese Province of the Society of Jesus now has 79 priests and 5 deacons.

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Chinh Tran, SJ