Redemptorists celebrate 50 years in VietnamPosted on 22nd October 2019

In “mission”, inculturation is the name of the game.

The four Canadian Redemptorists who arrived in a small village in the Kontum diocese of Vietnam’s Central Highlands on 10 October 1969 knew nobody there and spoke nothing of Jarai, one of the local languages. They lived in a goat shelter for several months until villagers built the missionaries a house made of leaves. The Redemptorists lived, worked and prayed amongst and alongside poor people. Together, they suffered under the Communist regime.

In 1988, the Redemptorists were once again free to provide pastoral care to the villagers. They translated the Bible into the Jarai language and, when local people began to embrace Catholicism, “We taught them how to read the Bible and held prayer groups in villages,” said Fr Tin, 80.

After 50 years in Vietnam, 32 Redemptorists now provide pastoral care for 71,000 people from 247 villages and 75 mission stations. They have built 14 churches in parishes and 77 chapels in ethnic villages. Fr Tin said that in 2005 people in some 100 ethnic villages became Catholics, five of them continuing to become Redemptorists. In fact the Redemptorist mission in Vietnam has been so successful that they have sent missionaries to work in Australia, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Angola, France, the USA and Canada.

2019 has been a very special year altogether for the Redemptorists in Vietnam. In addition to celebrating 50 years in the country, 14 young men made their first profession, 8 made final profession, 5 became deacons and 8 were ordained as priests.

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