Feast and Faith

religious procession in vietnam

Saigon – The Servants of Charity in Vietnam, celebrated the feast of St. Louis Guanella, the founder, on Sunday, October 21, 2012. It was very meaningful to celebrate the feast on that particular day because the local church of Vietnam officially inaugurated the Year of Faith. The celebration was at Ben Hai parish; which also remembered five martyrs of Vietnam who sacrificed their life for their faith. People carried the pictures of those martyrs along with the relic of St. Louis Guanella in a small car. As they marched towards the altar, the history of each martyr and of St. Louis Guanella was read aloud. The parish priest, Fr. Truong, celebrated the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Antony Dau, SDB, preached the homily in which he mentioned the relationship between St. Guanella and St. John Bosco. He also mentioned the importance of the mission of love with faith. He quoted St. Louis Guanella as a model and apostle of charity. A short video clip was played that contained a short history of St. Guanella and the congregation. The Servants of Charity also invited some of the other local religious congregations to join them to receive the blessing of St. Louis Guanella. This was really a great blessing as the congregation takes root in Vietnam.