This past August 18th, 2018 four friars made their solemn profession of vows and three friars made their temporary profession of vows in the Vietnamese Delegation of St. Joseph of Cupertino Province in St. Nguyễn Dou Khang Parish in Thủ Đức, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.
Friar Paul GAWLOWSKI, a member of the Definitory of that province, had been delegated by Friar Victor ABEGG, the provincial, to accept the vows of the friars.
Those making their solemn profession of vows were Friar Joseph NGUYỄN Nhàn Văn, Friar Stephen TRẦN Tảng Như, Friar Joseph VÕ Cường Quốc, and Friar Joseph LÊ Vượng Văn. Those making their temporary profession of vows after completing their novitiate at the novitiate in Tagaytay, Philippines were Friar Joseph TRẦN Văn Đức, Friar Joseph VŨ Huynh Đức and Friar Joseph NGUYỄN Huy Quốc.
The celebrations for the delegation continued on August 30th with the ordination to the diaconate of Friar John Baptist ĐOÀN Thuấn Cao and Friar Joseph Cupertino PHẠM Nhương Văn and the ordination to the priesthood of Joseph Pio TRẦN Dương Văn, Friar Peter Giuliano Eymard HOÀNG Đông Thành and Friar Joseph Maria TRẦN Long Văn. The ordaining bishop was the Most Reverend Giuse NGUYỄN Tấn Tước, Bishop of the Phú Cường Diocese. This ordination took place in Son Loc Parish in Hồ Chí Minh [Củ Chi], Vietnam.
Present at the ordination were Friar Paul GAWLOWSKI, the representative of the provincial of St. Joseph of Cupertino Province, Friar Jude WINKLER, Assistant General of the CFF representing the Minister General, and Friar Louis PANTHIRUVELIL, the General Secretary for Formation (SGF).
Frs. Jude and Louis presented a short workshop to the Vietnamese friars in formation at St. Anthony Friary in Tinh Binh Duong, Hồ Chí Minh, on August 31 on the recently completed Extraordinary General Chapter and some formation issues in the Order today.
Friar Jude WINKLER, Assistant General of the CFF