Perpetual Profession of Student Antony Vo Van Tung. Vietnam
Gerry cmf, Vietnam, June 29, 2012
June 29th – the feast of Apostles Peter and Paul in the Catholic Church was a special day this year for the Claretians in Vietnam. On this memorable day the first candidate from Vietnam, student Antony Vo Van Tung, made his perpetual profession in the Philippine Province of the Claretian congregation. Antony joined our minor seminary in 2003 and did most of his studies in Philippines.
Fr. Leo Dalmao, the Provincial Superior, received the perpetual profession of Antony. The special liturgy of the day was presided over by Fr. Gerald Kumar, the formator of students. The relatives and friends of Antony and the well wishers of Claretians and many religious joined the community to witness the profession and pray for Antony. The occasion was also graced by Fr. Victor Sadaya (the Provincial Vicar), Fr. Jose Kattath (Superior) Fr. John Baptist Pham Van Hop (Parish Priest), and Fr. Quyen Anton, (the first Vietnamese Claretian from U.S.A province) and Fr. CJ (Econome).
We are happy that we have one more candidate from Vietnam (Bro. Thomas Kiem) to make his perpetual profession on July 16th this month. Other than the 2 students in Spain; we have 5 Theology Students, 3 Novices, 1 Postulant, 21 Philosophy Students and 23 minor seminarians from Vietnam in the Philippine Province.
In spite of being a communist country, thanks to the heroic and glorious witness of the Martyrs of Vietnam, we are blessed with many vocations.
We the Claretians from Vietnam are eager to contribute to the growth of the Church in the style of Claret through the vocations we receive from the Vietnamese Catholic community