After our three novices spent two years at the Maria Della Strada Novitiate in Taunggyi, Myanmar, they professed their First Vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Vow Day Mass was held on 19th March 2022 at Holy Spirit Church, Seven Fountains, Chiang Mai,11:00 AM.
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.
On 16 October 2021, 17 Jesuit scholastics were ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Honesto Flores Ongtioco DD of the diocese of Cubao, Philippines. From the 17 Jesuit Scholastics, two of them belong to the dependent region of Thailand, Br. Narongrit Daorueangphadung (Tua) and Br. Pha Ngo Hoang Dung (Dung). There were not many people at the ordination ceremony, because of the Philippines government's protocol that limits people for gathering. However, many people from around the world followed the Holy Mass online through Facebook and YouTube. The ordination was very simple but meaningful for people who joined, especially for the new deacons.