• 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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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:21

Warm welcome is followed by tragedy for Thailand district


Thailand---installation---350A joyful welcome to Fr Pham Dinh Tuan SVD who was installed as the new pastor of St Michael’s Church in Nong Bua Lamphu in northern Thailand recently, was soon overshadowed by the tragic news that 13 young Vietnamese people had been killed on their way to a camp to be held in the parish.

Fr Tuan was installed as parish priest at a Mass at St Michaels, (pictured above) followed by the traditional tying of strings around his wrists by parishioners as a gesture of good will and good luck.

A parish reception followed, featuring entertainment by teenagers from Ban Mae Marie children's home, children from Mother Teresa’s home and by a Vietnamese group of migrant workers.

Br Damien Lunders SVD says the Vietnamese migrant workers from Nong Bua Lamphu (NBL) were then to be joined by other Vietnamese youth groups from Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Bangkok for a three day camp.

Fr Anthony Le Duc SVD, former priest of St Michael’s Church, had returned for the installation of Fr Tuan and to host the camp.

“Early Monday morning, the sad news came that one of the five vans carrying some of the Vietnamese youth from Bangkok met with a tragic accident near the Chayaphum Province,” says Br Damien.

“All but two were killed, including the driver of the van and a young Dominican priest who was accompanying them. Two remain in a hospital near the accident.”

Fr Anthony and all the SVD confreres and diocesan colleagues in NBL immediately began doing whatever they could to respond to the tragedy, including communication with families of those killed and injured, assisting the authorities with identification of the victims, dealing with Thai immigration authorities and the Vietnamese Consulate, the media and church authorities.

Further terrible news arrived only a week later, when Br Ron Fratzke SVD reported that a traffic accident outside a school where he works claimed the lives of seven children, with others injured.

AUS Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, says the entire Province was shaken and saddened by news of the accidents.

“Let us pray to our loving God for the gifts of the Spirit that will help us to hold on to our faith when we can’t see the Easter light but experience darkness,” he says.

“Let us not lose hope that even in the midst of tragedy, God still loves us, and we can turn to God for the strength and comfort we need.

“Let us continue to pray for the victims, their families, our confreres in Thailand, and all affected by these tragic accidents.”