Skip to comments.Seminaries Are Overflowing in Socialist Vietnam
Posted on 03/08/2006 5:57:08 AM PST by marshmallow
The government might have made entry to seminaries easier, but facilities remain inadequate. Card Pham Minh Man talks to AsiaNews about problems and hopes.
Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) Seminaries are overflowing but inadequate in Socialist Vietnam according to Card Pham Minh Man. For the prelate, new facilities must be opened and better trained teachers are needed.
In the archdiocese of Saigon there are many eager seminarians and devoted teachers, the cardinal said. But there are problems as well. First of all, with 230 seminarians, crowding is one. This means a shortage of living and teaching space. Secondly, there are not enough well-trained teachers.
One of our priorities, he noted, is to reorganise the Saigon Seminary in cooperation with the archdiocese and parishes. The institution receives applicants from six southern dioceses.
In 2005 the government allowed all applicants accepted by the diocese to be admitted. In the past it usually authorised only 10 to 15 candidates each time.
Early this year, the government gave the green light to opening a branch in the old premises of the theological school in the city of Long Khanh in the diocese of Xuan Loc, but it will take lots of time and money before the building can be of any use.
Things are even worse in the archdiocese of Hanoi, where space to teach is woefully inadequate. Time is needed to sort out the problem, the prelate said.
In Hanoi, St Josephs Great Seminary supplies priests to eight northern dioceses. Currently, it has 235 students but not enough space for all of them to live, study and engage in extracurricular activities. The 43 new seminarians must use the Salesian building in Co Nhue, 18 km away.
Since 2005 the government has allowed the seminary to admit every year all new applicants. As part of their pastoral work, they served in four northern leper colonies last year.
A shortage in trained teachers forces the best to provide their services in the countrys various seminaries.
Sleep well, guys.
We'll take all their extras here in Boston, we have a huge Vietnamese Catholic Population and few Vietnamese speaking Priests (there were two at St. Ambrose, where there used to be two Vietnamese Masses busting at the seems, in Dorchester, but O'Malley reassigned them), the kid from that Parish is still three years from Ordination (also born in Vietnam).
BTTT for later read.
Great news. God bless them.
Aid to the Church in Need is a great charity and one of their projects is in Vietnam, re-building churches that were destroyed by the communists. You can read more here:
Đức ChÃºa đang cười về Việt Nam.
There are 300 Vietnamese speaking priests at a monastery in Carthage MO.
We were also winning during Tet in 1968. (We didn't have access to the N.Y. Times or the network news to hear their lies, that we were really losing.)
And now the leftist MSM and the Democrats/socialists are telling us Iraq is a lost cause. The media and the Democrats are creating propaganda designed to provide aid and comfort to the enemy, hoping that our troops, President Bush, and the United States will fail.
HAYDEN & all...
...fooled us into leaving a then Free South Vietnam behind to its fate at the hands of invading godless Communist bullies from the North...
...we all got to finally see for ourselves:
Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education Camp
...and then weep for the innocent.
For they would all have it happen again...
Congregation Mary Co-Redemtrix? They used to be here in Boston, but had been invited by Cardinal Law, so they left when he did.
That's them. Actually they got invited by the bishop in MO and were sold an old unused Catholic college for $1. You should experience Marian Days - the four days culminating with the Assumption Aug 14. It makes a good pilgrimage inside the US.