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Seminarian inspires Hmong hopes

Hmong Catholics pray that he will return to the diocese as a priest

Seminarian inspires Hmong hopes
ucanews.com reporter, Yen Bai
Vietnam

September 20, 2011

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Ethnic Hmong Catholics from Hung Hoa diocese said they hope their first seminarian would become a priest and serve them in the future. Joseph Ma A Ca, 28, from Sa Pa parish in the century-old northern diocese, entered Hanoi-based Saint Joseph Major Seminary last week. “We Hmong Catholics are very happy and proud that our child has entered the seminary. God loves us,” said John Lo Minh Thong, a former lay leader of the parish. “We promise to pray daily for him to overcome difficult challenges and become an active priest in the future.” Thong said Brother Ca was the first ethnic Hmong man to pursue the priesthood since the country’s largest diocese, based on territory, was established in 1895. He added that local people hope that the seminarian will return to the diocese to offer pastoral care and said he also hoped that Brother Ca would eventually translate Catholic books and prayers into the Hmong language. Father Peter Pham Thanh Binh, pastor of the parish, said Brother Ca was a source of hope for the diocese, which is home to about 10,000 Hmong Catholics, many of whom have little or no education. Six other seminarians from Hung Hoa diocese also entered the seminary last week. Related reports: Hmong Catholics ‘safe’, says priest Catholics in remote northwestern provinces have first Christmas Masses in decades
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