“The name and its setting are very Dehonian, speaking of the heart as the center of our Dehonian spirituality”
-Fr. Francis Vu Tran, SCJ, district superior of Vietnam
December 15, 2018, marked another milestone for the District of Vietnam. “After nine months of construction, a new chapel – dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – stands in the middle of the community’s property, Dehon House III, as a witness to our Dehonian charism,” said Fr. Francis Vu Tran, SCJ, district superior. “The name and its setting are very Dehonian, speaking of the heart as the center of our Dehonian spirituality and the availability of SCJs who are responding to the call to prophetic love as an oblation to God and humanity.”
The celebration began at 5:30 pm with the arrival of Bishop Joseph Tuoc Tan Nguyen, bishop of the diocese of Phu Cuong where the district’s third community is located. Approximately 700 guests attended the chapel blessing. Welcomed by Fr. Thai Tran, the guests included the bishop, priests, religious, benefactors, friends and family members, neighbors, and local government leaders.
At the end of the Mass, Fr. Francis expressed the district’s joy and gratitude towards its benefactors, who significantly contributed to the cost of the construction. In particular, the chapel was made possible by donations from the US Province, the British-Irish Province and Mr. Joseph Reitter.
A reception was held after the dedication; all guests were given a commemorative cup with a picture of the chapel.