• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 12:17

SVD priests find garden of opportunity in Emerald


Truc and Yon in Emerald Catholic Leader 550The coronavirus pandemic kept Emerald’s new priests away from their flock for a while but not from their garden, The Catholic Leader reports.

Divine Word Missionaries Fr Truc Quoc Phan and Fr Firminus (Yon) Wiryono are new to Emerald, in the Central Highlands of Queensland, and to Rockhampton diocese.

Fr Truc, who is parish priest, arrived on March 14, just before the pandemic lockdown and Fr Yon joined a few weeks later, in the middle of it.

When the lockdown was declared, Fr Truc, a handyman, decided he wasn’t going to allow himself to get bored.

“I decided I’d use the time to renovate the house, and I bought a second-hand saw at the op shop and (was) just fixing things around the house,” he said.

“When Fr Yon came we borrowed a chainsaw and cut some trees down.

“We made (the area around the presbytery) into a garden, so we have a lot of vegetables now, and the parishioners can come and share our vegetables now.

“And we planted fruit trees …

“By doing that I find myself closer to nature, closer to the people and therefore closer to God.”

Some of the fruit trees they planted included pawpaw, orange, mandarin, avocado and lemon trees.

“The fruit trees and the vegetables are growing very well, very, very well,” Fr Truc said.

“For a few months we haven’t been buying any vegetables at all.

“This morning some of the parishioners came and I cut some vegetables for them.

“We share everything.”

As well as serving Emerald, the two priests are also ministering to Springsure, Blackwater, Dingo and Duaringa, and Woorabinda.

“We’re working here as a team and we enjoy ourselves here. We collaborate well and also collaborate well with the people,” Fr Truc said.

“The people are very supportive … and we can feel the sense of belonging already.”

Fr Truc, who is Vietnamese, was ordained in Melbourne in 2006 and Fr Yon, from Flores in Indonesia, was ordained there five years ago.

Fr Yon said he was enjoying his first experience ministering in a country area.

“I enjoy driving for, like, up to 600km at the weekend to have three to four Masses in the small communities around,” he said.

 “It is a really huge, huge area.”

Even though in the smaller communities there may be only 10 to 15 people attending Mass, Fr Yon said the positive side of that was having a better chance to get to know the parishioners.

“Many of the parishioners are farmers and I don’t hesitate to reach out to them. They are really very nice people,” he said.

“And they’re very welcoming, and very excited to see us.”

This article by Peter Bugden was published in The Catholic Leader and is republished with permission.

PHOTO: Fr Truc Phan SVD and Fr Yon Wiryono SVD pictured in the garden they have been working on at the parish in Emerald during the lockdown period. (Catholic Leader)