Among the 13 newly ordained deacons, Vietnamese deacon Bartholomew Nguyen Anh Huy, 34, was born in Lam Dong, Vietnam, and studied pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City University of Health Sciences. He joined the Jesuits in 2012, and after philosophical studies at St Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate, was sent to Ha Noi, northern Vietnam for two years of Regency in Ngoc Mach parish.
During those years, he utilised his musical talents as a singer, composer, and pianist to train the parish choir, teach music to the children, and impart Ignatian prayer and catechism to the faithful. He used to direct the Spiritual Exercises for students and youth in the summer, and will soon be publishing a book on the Spiritual Exercises in Vietnamese for young people.
For him, his formation based on the experiences of St Ignatius of Loyola, and the inner freedom brought about by discernment in the Jesuit Way of Proceeding make him a happy Jesuit, loving and serving God in all things.
Rev Huy and Cardinal Tagle