Saigon – It is good to spend time in silence and solitude to listen to the voice from above. Our students, accompanied by Fr. Jerin, went on a 3-day retreat at a Benedictine monastery 45 mins from our community by bike. Rev. Fr. Francis Trung, the aspirant director, guided our retreat September 26-28th. He divided the days into three different topics. The first day, he talked about ‘Faith in Vocation,’ the second day ‘Love and Charity in Vocation’ and the third day, ‘The Religious Life’. Since our students are in their initial stage of formation, this retreat enriched them in many ways. We participated in the spiritual activities of the Benedictine community. It was really awesome and angelic. The silent atmosphere and spiritual guidance led to deeper thinking. After the retreat, normal life began with more spirit and joy.
Saigon – The Servants of Charity in Vietnam usually start Holy Week with a pilgrimage. This year the destination was a Benedictine Monastery located in Thu Duc District of Ho Chi Minh. The journey began at 5 am on Sunday, March 24th, setting out on foot to the monastery; walking in silence and praying the rosary. The walk was reminiscent of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Upon reaching the monastery, Rev. Sr. Trinh (Benedictine Nun) gave a recollection to the boys based on the preparation for Easter celebration. Palm Sunday Mass was celebrated at the Monastery before heading home by bus. It was a meaningful day for everyone.