On 16 August 2014, in Viet Nam, our two Vietnamese clerics, brothers Paul Binh Xuan Tran and Dominic Binh Viet Nguyen, together with their classmate, brother Joseph Phuong Thanh Vu Nguyen, made their final profession. Three years ago, Paul and Dominic were assigned to work in Ireland as part of Project Europe, and Joseph was assigned to Patagonia, Argentina.
There was great celebration on the day in the Vietnamese provincial house in Ho Chi Minh City. It was a marvellous day where Salesian priests, sisters and brothers, members of the extended Salesian Family, and families and friends could come together to celebrate the occasion.
The day was even more special because of the opening of the year-long celebration of the Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, which was solemnly declared by the Provincial of Vietnam, Fr Joseph Tran Hoa Hung.
During the Mass, immediately after the homily, the Rite of Profession took place. The three clerics, Paul, Dominic and Joseph, made their final Profession to the Provincial, Fr Tran Hua Hung, who was representing the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. Afterwards, there was a solemn blessing and acceptance of the professed brothers, followed by the presentation of crosses with the image of Christ the Good Shepherd, which reminds every Salesian of their consecration and mission.
After all the Mass and ceremony, everyone was invited to the Salesian hall to share a meal with the newly professed Vietnamese brothers, their families and the Salesian community.