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Vietnamese Jesuits and Friends Help the Poorest in Saigon amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

As of July 2021, Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Sai Gon, the biggest city of Vietnam, is the most-affected local with 45.561 confirmed cases. To curb COVID-19, local authorities in Ho Chi Minh have imposed lockdown measures due to the increased local COVID-19 activity. Thus, the poor and the homeless in this city have been strongly affected.

Summer Program for Scholastics during COVID-19

Every summer, after their academic year, Jesuit scholastics, both philosophers and theologians of St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate (SJJS) in Vietnam, are assigned to different parishes across the country to do their summer apostolic works. These summer assignments allow the scholastics to experience parish life or apostolic work to gain relevant and hands-on knowledge to complement Jesuit formation.

Jesuit Student Ministry of the Vietnamese Province in Can Tho city, Southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Region

Being the city directly under the Central government, Can Tho is a political, cultural and economic center of the Southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Region. This city attracts many young adults, including Catholics from neighboring provinces, to come here to study and work. To provide pastoral care for them, the Jesuits in Can Tho, have planned to coordinate with the local Church and other congregations, to gather and accompany them.

Fr. Provincial Met the Newly Assigned Regents

Thu Duc, Vietnam – On Monday, June 28, 2021, at the Province’s conference room, Fr. Provincial Vincent Pham Van Mam, SJ, met 18 third-year scholastics who have been sent to Jesuit communities and parishes across Vietnam and to international ministries in Japan, France, and Italy for the regency stage of their formation.

A Day in the Life of a Jesuit Scholastic in Vietnam

Saint Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate (SJJS)  inaugurated in 1989, is the formation institute of the Vietnam Province of the Society of Jesus, in which philosophy and theology programs are offered for the education of Jesuit scholastics.

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Activities and events such as priesthood ordination, diaconate ordination, vows mass, etc. of the Province are updated here.

OUr implementation of the uaps

4 Universal Apostolic Preferences

Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) are the fruit of a process of discernment lasting almost two years. All Jesuits were invited to take part and in addition our mission partners. It concluded with a confirmation from Pope Francis in a special meeting with Fr General Arturo Sosa. The Preferences give a horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus. They captured our imaginations and awaken our desires. They unite us in our mission. The new Preferences are four areas vital for our world today. The Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years. We invite you to learn more and take action with us! We want to make a Gospel difference.

Show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment.

Walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice.

Accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future.

Collaborate, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation.