• 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, 31 May 2016 10:50

Fr Truc reaches out to migrants in the Pacific

Truc-in-NC-group---350The Vietnamese migrants living and working in New Caledonia are a long way from home and their faith plays a big role in keeping them together as a community in a new land.

With only one Vietnamese priest in the Pacific country, the SVD AUS Province Mission Secretary, Fr Truc Quoc Phan pays regular visits to New Caledonia to help meet the faith needs of the migrant people.

“They are like sheep without shepherds,” he says.

“The first generation of Vietnamese migrants went to New Caledonia as labourers for the French and they didn’t speak the language.

“But they are very, very devoted to the Church.”

Fr Truc says he sees his ministry with the Vietnamese migrant community of New Caledonia as an important part of the Divine Word Missionaries’ commitment to work with migrants and refugees.

“It’s good that we are now reaching out to the Pacific and helping migrants,” he says. “It is the Church in need.”

Truc-in-NC-at-table---350Fr Truc says the Vietnamese migrants ended up in New Caledonia because of the colonial French connections in both countries.

“But now, living out in the Pacific in a French culture, they need someone who understands their culture and spiritual life,” he says.

“They also need to be helped to enter, and enculturate into the local Church.”

While there are very few Masses in Vietnamese available in New Caledonia, it is the big feasts of Christmas and Easter where the community really longs for the presence of a Vietnamese-speaking priest.

“So I try to be there for those times,” Fr Truc says. “The people have a need and I am very glad to be able to be there with them.”