Bishop McKenna institutes Acolytes in Vietnam
The Most Reverend Pierre Nguyên Văn Dê, sbd, Bishop of the Diocese of Thai Binh, welcomed Bishop McKenna to the Diocese recently. Father Joseph Anh Nguyen and Father Peter Tran Van Thanh, from the Archdiocese of Melbourne, were also welcomed by the Bishop.
Covering an area of 2,200 km², the Diocese of Thai Binh, in Northern Vietnam, is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Hanoi. It has a population of just over 3 million, about 4 per cent of them Catholic.
Bishop McKenna is on a pastoral visit to Vietnam; an opportunity for him to meet with the families of our seminarians from Vietnam. Two of them, Thao Van Nguyen and Diep Quang Nguyen, are in Vietnam on leave at present and are accompanying the Bishop on his journeys. Vietnam is about to celebrate the lunar new year, Tet; a very big occasion in the country.
While in Vietnam, Bishop McKenna instituted Thao and Diep to the Ministry of Acolyte, in their own hometowns. They say they feel very blessed to have our Bishop institute them there and were able to share this special day with their families. Please keep Thao, Diep and all our seminarians in your prayers.