CIS Vietnam launches its new academic year amid COVID 19

CIS Vietnam

CIS Vietnam

171 Ly Chinh Thang, District 3, HCMC, Vietnam

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Vietnam (CIS Vietnam) started the 2020-2021 academic year on Saturday, September 05, 2020 with a thanksgiving mass celebrated by Fr. Dominic Nguyen Duc Hanh, SJ, CIS Director, together with CIS’ staff, at a chapel of the Alexandre de Rhodes Jesuit Community in District 3, Hochiminh City.

The start of the CIS new academic year was held in the midst of the second wave of coronavirus outbreak that hit Vietnam since the end of July. In his homily, Fr. Hanh invited participants to reflect on the current situation of the country and the world to read the signs of the times and to realize the presence of the Holy Spirit in people’s suffering. Taking his inspiration from Luke 6:1-5, Fr. Hanh reminded the congregation that laws of the Church and civil societies are supposed to serve people at all levels, not the other way around. “How can the application of the laws enhance and promote human life instead of crushing it?” Fr. Hanh said.

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality at the Alexandre de Rhodes Center, founded in 2019, offers short and long-term courses on spirituality, psychology, leadership, and spiritual accompaniment. In this new school year, the center also launches a training program for directors of spiritual accompaniment and directors of the Spiritual Exercises. This program is designed to respond to urgent need for seminaries, religious congregations and other Catholic communities to have well-trained and competent spiritual accompaniers. Program graduates will be able to accompany others in their spiritual journey, retreats, and other spiritual ministries.

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