I bless the LORD who counsels me
For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.
Dear beloved parishioners of St. Joseph Basilica,
I truly don’t know how to express my gratitude and thanks to you for all that you have done for me since I have been assigned to this parish: your prayers, your support, your generosity, your hospitality, your friendliness and your smiles. They all make me feel at home.
To be honest, I was a little nervous before I came to the Basilica. I had lots ofquestions in my head. I wondered what would my first assignment be like; how I could handle my pastoral ministries as a baby priest; would people accept and understand my “Vietnamenglish”, etc. However, these anxieties disappeared right after I came to the parish. Your hospitality and kindness made me feel very welcomed and my transition time went smoothly. I felt right away a sense of belonging. I said to myself I finally found a home. I will never forget these three years of honeymoon with all of you.
So thank you for inspiring my vocation, my priestly zeal and passion with your love and piety for the Lord, with your acts of charity and service to his people in the Church. I am also thankful to you for your prayers and support, for without God’s help and your prayers, I could not grow in my vocation to this point. Praise the Lord and thank you very much, my dear parishioners.
Now it is time for me to say farewell to all of you even though I don’t like to. It is time for me to get out of such a comfort zone for a new adventure the Lord has entrusted to me. I have to keep going on my journey of priestly ministry. So for a while you won’t see me, a skinny baby priest walking around, chatting with you several times, but still asking: “what’s your name again?” You know I am really bad with names. But I will work on this. I promise. Anyway, from here am I going to St. John the Baptist parish in San Lorenzo for possibly another three-year assignment as a Parochial Vicar. If you would like to come by to visit me, (continued)
Love you dearly in Christ,
- Pictures from the Mass of Confirmation, April 15 2016. Read more...