Jesuits in Vietnam Celebrate Ordination of 3 New Priests
Three newly ordained Jesuits priests of the Vietnam Province: Fr. Peter Tran Hoan Chinh, SJ, Fr. Dominic Do Hung Dinh, SJ, and Fr. Dominic Vu Chi Kien, SJ, were ordained on December 03, 2020 by the Most Reverend Cosme Hoang Van Dat, SJ, Bishop of Bac Ninh at St. Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate (SJJS) in Hochiminh City.
Vietnam Jesuit Provincial Fr. Vincent Pham Van Mam, SJ, was the principal concelebrant together with Fr. Andrew Pham Van Tu, SJ, the Province Socius, Fr. Francis Xavier Nguyen Hai Tinh, SJ, the Formation Delegate, and Fr. Joseph Pham Tuan Nghia, SJ, SJJS Rector and around 100 priests, both Jesuits and non-Jesuits. There were 1,000 thousands in attendance including families and guests of the new priests as well as benefactors, collaborators and friends of the Society of Jesus.
In stead of saying a homily, Bishop Cosme read a letter of St. Francis Xavier to St. Ignatius in which he described his tireless efforts for evangelization in new lands in Asia. Pointing to the apostolic zeal of St. Francis Xavier, the bishop encouraged the faithful to go out and bring what they have received to others. In his exhortation, Bishop Dat urged the newly-ordained priests to “be well aware of the sacredness of your duties and the evangelizing mission of your ministries”.
Speaking at the end of the Mass, on behalf of the Province, Fr. Mam thanked Bishop Dat, who is also a Jesuit, for his love, care and support for the Society of Jesus, especially for the Jesuit mission group in Bac Ninh Diocese. Fr Mam also extended his gratitude to benefactors, collaborators, and friends of the Society who have accompanied the Jesuits and attended the Ordination Mass. He especially expressed his sincere gratitude to the new priests’ parents and relatives for dedicating their sons to the Society of Jesus.
From left: Fr. Peter Tran Hoan Chinh, SJ, Fr. Dominic Vu Chi Kien, SJ and Fr. Dominic Do Hung Dinh, SJ
Fr. Dominic Do Hung Dinh and Fr. Dominic Vu Chi Kien have just finished their theological studies at the Saint Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate, while Fr. Peter Tran Hoan Chinh completed his theological studies at Loyola School of Theology, the Philippines.
With this ordination, the Vietnamese Province of the Society of Jesus now has 98 priests.
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Fr. Peter Tran Hoan Chinh, SJ
35, was born in Daklak province. He studied International Relations at HCMC University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology. In 2004 he joined the candidacy program. In 2009 he entered the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Thu Duc, Saigon. After taking his first vows, he studied philosophy at St Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate and did his two-year regency in Vinh diocese, working at the diocese's student ministry. In 2016 he was sent to Arrupe International Residence in Manila, Philippines to pursue his theology studies at Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University. He was ordained to the diaconate by the Most Rev. Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS, Bishop of Cabanatuan, Philippines
Fr. Dominic Do Hung Dinh, SJ
36, is from Lam Dong province and has a degree in Mathematics from Da Lat University. In 2006, he joined the Jesuit candidacy program and entered the Sacred Heart Novitiate in 2008. After his two-year novitiate, he took his first vows on 31 May 2010. He studied philosophy and theology at St Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate. He was ordained deacon by the Most Rev. Cosme Hoang Van Dat, SJ, on 19 March 2020 in Thu Duc, Saigon.
Fr. Dominic Vu Chi Kien, SJ
36, was born in Dong Nai province. He studied Automative Engineering technology at HCMC University of Technology and Education University. He became a Jesuit candidate in 2004. After finishing his novitiate in 2010 in Thu Duc, Saigon, he studied philosophy at St Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate. After his two-year regency, in 2016 he began his theology studies at St Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate. Together with Dinh, he was ordained to the diaconate by the Most Rev. Cosme Hoang Van Dat, SJ, on 19 March 2020.