On April 25-29, 2022, the second part of the Ordinary Custodial Chapter of the Provincial Custody of St. Francis Anthony Fasani in Vietnam was held at the St. Anthony Friary, Hồ Chí Minh City Metropolitan Area, Vietnam.
The Ordinary Custodial Chapter was presided over by the new Custos of the Provincial Custody, Friar Joseph TRẦN (Văn Long). Twenty-three friars participated in person, while Friar Dominic HOÀNG (Thành Nghĩa) participated online from Rome. The Chapter was honored by the presence of the Assistant General for the Federation of Asian Minor Conventuals (FAMC), Friar Benedetto Seung-jae BAEK, and the Minister Provincial of the Mother Province of St. Joseph of Cupertino in the USA (SJC), Friar Victor P. ABEGG, along with Friar Tammylee NGÔ, who served as a translator.
On Monday morning, April 25, Friar Victor concelebrated a Mass of the Holy Spirit with the friars. On April 25-26, the Capitulars gathered at the Chapter hall to discuss and vote on each individual article of the Custodial Statutes. On April 27, they discussed and voted on the Custodial Four-Year Plan.
On April 28, the Capitulars elected the Guardians, the Heads of Formation and the Chairmen of the Commissions.
The newly elected Guardians are: Friar Peter VŨ (Bình Quốc) for the Annunciation of the B.V.M. Friary in Hồ Chí Minh City; Friar Peter NGUYỄN (Hữu Phước) for the St. Anthony Friary in Hồ Chí Minh City; Friar John Baptist ĐOÀN (Cao Thuấn) for the St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Ban Mê Thuột City; and Friar Joseph TRẦN (Văn Dương) for the St. Andrew Dũng-Lạc and Companion Martyrs of Vietnam Friary in Thái Bình Province.
The newly elected Custodial Heads of Formation are: Friar Peter NGUYỄN (Ngọc Duy), Ongoing Formation Director; Friar Peter HOÀNG (Thành Đông), Post-Novitiate Director; Friar Dominic HOÀNG (Thành Nghĩa), Novice Master; Friar John Baptist NGUYỄN (Ngọc Điền), Postulancy Program Director; Joseph TRẦN (Văn Dương), Aspirancy Program Director; and Friar Michael NGUYỄN (Khải Hoàng), Vocation Director.
The newly elected Custodial Chairmen of the Commissions are: Friar Peter HOÀNG (Thành Đông), Formation Secretary; Friar Joseph NGUYỄN (Chính Luận), Communications and Evangelization; and Friar Joseph Cupertino PHẠM (Văn Nhương), Custodial Econom.
On April 29, the Capitulars discussed and voted on some issues in the Custody and afterwards approved the entire Custodial Statutes.
This Chapter was the first Custodial Chapter conducted by the Custody of St. Francis Anthony Fasani in Vietnam. Although the friars worked very hard to contribute to the Chapter, their efforts yielded only modest documents for starting a new Custody. On the other hand, the Chapter proved to be a time of grace, peace, and Conventual fraternity in particular. The friars were grateful for God’s blessing in helping them draft their first simple Custodial Statutes and Four-Year Plan.
Joseph NGUYỄN (Chính Luận), Custodial Secretary