• 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
    圣福若瑟神父

  • 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
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • 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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Wednesday, 29 July 2020 11:18

Missionary to Thailand wants people to know God loves them

 

Tommy Lehan SVD 450The SVD AUS Province is to receive a new member as soon as the pandemic allows, with Fr Tommy Lehan SVD due to take up a mission assignment in Thailand.

Fr Tommy was born in Boas, Indonesia in 1990 and raised in Atambua, the main city of the Belu district.

He joined the SVD in August 2009 and attended St Joseph’s Novitiate in Atambua, taking his first vows on August 15, 2011. He took his perpetual vows in Ledalero on August 15, 2017 and was ordained to the priesthood in October last year.

The AUS Province is his first missionary assignment.

“The reason why I chose the Australia Province, especially Thailand, is because I want to work with people with HIV/AIDS, to serve them, and to make them know that God never leaves them and God loves them,” he says.

The Thailand District of the SVD AUS Province is heavily involved with ministry to people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Fr Tommy Lehan SVD celebrates Mass onlineThe Society of the Divine Word was invited by the Bishop of Udon Thani in 1998 to take carriage of the fledgling AIDS centre. Since that time, the Centre has been assisting babies and young children of HIV and poor families in Nong Bua Lamphu. The program started with assisting about 40 children and has grown into helping almost 400 people each year. The Centre’s outreach program includes an AIDS Education and Awareness Program, which goes out to around 20 schools each year. The SVD ministry includes the Ban Mae Marie Home for Teenagers which began as a home to care for orphans of AIDS but has now been opened up to for care of non-HIV-related teenagers and the elderly.

Fr Tommy says that while the coronavirus pandemic has delayed his arrival in Thailand, he is keeping busy in Ledalero while he waits.

“I’m staying at our SVD community in Ledalero,” he says.

“I have some activities to do, like sports, listening to music, working in the garden, and having Mass with the seminarians in their units.”

Fr Tommy will also be joined by Fr Baku Salu Yanarius SVD who is also assigned to the AUS Province and will arrive as soon as the pandemic restrictions allow.

PHOTOS

TOP RIGHT: Fr Tommy working in a coconut garden during the pandemic period.

BOTTOM LEFT: Fr Tommy celebrates Mass online.