• 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

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Friday, 27 April 2018 11:51

Vietnamese chaplains look ahead to Plenary Council


Vietnamese Chaplaincy communion 350Vietnamese Chaplains from across Australia came together in Sydney recently to discuss their ministry and to consider how Vietnamese Catholic communities can contribute their experience of faith life in Australia to the 2020 Plenary Council.

Fr Joseph Vu SVD, who is Chaplain to the Vietnamese community in Brisbane Archdiocese, says the chaplains gather every year to share with one another their activities, to listen and learn from each other, and to plan for the future.

“It’s a good time for us to see each other and to nurture, support, listen, and share our pastoral ministry,” Fr Joseph says.

This year they were joined by a visiting Vietnamese bishop, Bishop Emmanuel Hong Son Nguyen from the Diocese of Ba Ria. The chaplains were able to share the success of their Assumption Day appeal which raised money to help build the La Vang Centre shrine – a shrine to Our Lady in Vietnam.

A major focus of the meeting was the organisation of a big Marian Day gathering in Sydney from October 5-7, where all the Vietnamese communities are invited to send representatives to gather together for workshops and prayer.

Vietnamese Chaplaincy Marian procession 350“For the first time, all the Parish Council representatives of the Vietnamese communities around Australia will meet together to share their experiences and challenges,” Fr Joseph says.

“It’s an important gathering for supporting each other in Vietnamese Catholic life.”

Fr Joseph says the Vietnamese Catholic communities are also committed to being a part of the local church and the 2020 Plenary Council is seen as a big opportunity to share in the life of the church at all levels.

“We want people to know we are, so we’re looking forward to representing ourselves and engaging with the Plenary Council, to report the experience of each community and share with the broader church about the Vietnamese way of living our faith in this country,” he says.

“It will be a grassroots exercise of listening and sharing about living in the Church at the moment, but also working together with the local church for the future.”

PHOTOS: Fr Joseph is pictured top right at a Vietnamese Catholic community First Holy Communion in Brisbane and bottom left officiating at a Vietnamese community Marian Procession.