By Fr. David Purcell, C.Ss.R.
Then on the 20th of September, Br. Joseph Manh Thuong Nguyen C.Ss.R. was ordained to the diaconate. His ordination took place at St. Tite des Capes just 15 minutes east of St. Anne de Beaupré, Québec.
Born in Viet Nam, Deacon Joseph is the oldest of four children. He completed his high school and university studies in Viet Nam and joined the Redemptorists formation in 1997 in Ha Noi.
Deacon Joseph described his experience in this way. “I always feel happy and content to follow my vocational pathway in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Through experiences that I have lived in the Congregation, I have made enormous progress in my spiritual, community and pastoral life. The spirit of prayer, of charity, and of Gospel Friendship that live in the hearts of each of my confrères, and in the parishioners; strengthens my determination to continue on my pathway through the diaconate to ordination as a priest in Christ, and by following the ways of Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori.” He will work as pastoral assistant in the six parishes served by the Redemptorists on the Côte de Beaupré for his internship, and then be ordained as a priest next year.