On Saturday 23rd November 2019, the Province of the Holy Spirit (Australia) and the Province of the Vietnamese Martyrs (Vietnam) rejoiced at the Ordination to the Priesthood of Ignatius Vu Hoang Anh Tuan and Anthony Nguyen The Nhan. These two men were ordained by Bishop Terry Curtin, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne.
Ignatius and Anthony began their initial scholastic studies in Vietnam and at the invitation of the Province of the Holy Spirit, they continued their formation training in Australia. After five years of formal studies and immersed Pastoral formation, they both completed their Bachelor of Theology and Ministry (double degree) in 2017 and are in their final semester for their Masters of Theological Studies to be completed by June 2020.
It was a joyous occasion for both provinces as well as their families. Fr Peter Cung sss and some representatives from the Vietnam province as well as Fr Philip Watkins sss and the Australian contingent attend this happy occasion at St Francis’ Church, Melbourne, alongside their immediate and some extended families and friends. The church was packed to the rafters and the St Francis’ Youth Choir and Friends with the Brass Cansonata brought the house down with the lively music that adorned this occasion.
We are truly blessed with these two fine young men. May God continue to bless them in their journey as SSS religious and priestly ministry.
By Father Ben Ho, sss