The Jesuits in Thailand and Vietnam rejoiced with the ordination to the priesthood of Deacons Matthew Narongrit Daorueangphadung SJ and Thomas Pham Ngo Hoang Dung SJ at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Chiang Mai on 27 August. Most Rev Francis Xavier Vira Appondratana, Bishop of Chiang Mai Diocese, presided over the liturgy together with the Bishop of Chiang Rai Diocese, Most Rev Joseph Vuthilert Haelom.
What is MAGIS?
MAGIS is a group of youth (18-35 years old) who support each member to know, to learn, and to apply Ignatian Spirituality in their daily lives. This spirituality can guide them to understand what is important in life and how they can spend their lives becoming meaningful persons through love, serving God, and serving others.
We join the Society of Jesus and who follow the ways of Ignatian spirituality in celebrating the Ignatian Year, May 20, 2021, the starting date for year, is the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius Loyola’s injury during the Battle of Pamplona, which ultimately led to his conversion from soldier to saint. During the year, we’ll mark the 400th anniversary of canonization of St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier on March 12, 2022. The year concludes on the Feast of St. Ignatius, July 31, 2022.
Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Bangkok, Cardinal Meechai, used to say that “the ordination of a Jesuit is like an elephant giving birth.” It is because they take quite a long time in their formation. I would say he is right, that the Jesuit’s formation takes a longer time, which is 11 to 12 years in our Thai region. There is no other reason than to take time to get a more profound experience of God and so prepare to serve the Church better. This is my second year in doing my theological study in Spain. And in this second year I have had an intensive program on Jesuit priesthood.