Local superiors and directors of works’ meeting




The annual meeting of 31 local superiors and directors of works was held at the Provincial Curia from 6th to 8th of April 2021 in Thu Duc City, Saigon to review the proposed 10-year strategic plan of the Province as well as to prepare for the 2021 Provincial Congregation.

On the first day of the meeting, Fr. Michael Truong Thanh Tam, SJ, gave a presentation about the process of planning the 2021-2030 Province’s Apostolic Plan. Then, Fr. Peter Truong Van Phuc, SJ, summarized the plan of action in which he introduced the new structure of governance of the Province to participants. The new apostolic structure of the Province includes 4 sections: Formation Section, Apostolate Section, Education Section, and Resource Development Section.

After their personal prayer and discernment, the participants shared their thoughts and reflections on the following questions:

  1. What is the rationality and effectiveness of the Province’s guidelines with regard to the 10-year apostolic plan?
  2. What are the advantages and difficulties of applying these guidelines to the Province’s plan?   

On the second day, on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the Ignatian Year, Fr Joseph Pham Thanh Liem, SJ, shared information about pastoral and spiritual activities which will be organized across the Province during the Ignatian Year. Then, Fr. Provincial Vincent Pham Van Mam, SJ, talked about the new structure of the Province’s apostolic governance. After a discussion about this new structure, the participants proposed Jesuit personnel and resource to work for the above-mentioned apostolic sections.

On the morning of the third day, Fr. Socius Andrew Pham Van Tu, SJ, explained the guidelines on the procedure for the election of delegates to join the 71st Congregation of Procurators convoked by Father General in 2022. According to Fr. Socius, there will be 25 participants elected from 139 members of the Province (who entered the Society since January 15, 2013) who will join a Provincial Congregation held this year. The procurator will be elected by this Provincial Congregation to join the Congregation of Procurators in 2022.

The 3-day meeting concluded with a Mass presided over by Fr. Provincial. In his homily, Fr. Provincial stressed the meaning of the spiritual union with God which helps the Jesuits to carry out God’s mission entrusted to the Society through the Church.