Annual Congress of the ASC at K’Long
K’Long, Vietnam, 8 October 2017 -- On the 7th Oct., Association of Salesian Cooperators in VietNam opened the yearly congress at the K’Long Retreat House in DaLat – Lam Dong. This congress also ended the three-year term of the Provincial Council 2014-2017 and elected a new one for the next 3 years.
Present at the openning ceremony were the Vice provincial, Fr. Joseph Nguyen Van Am, the SDB Delegate, Fr. Joseph Tran Van Hien, the FMA Delegate, Sr. Tran Thi My Hien, and the all the local salesian delegates (SDB and FMA). The number of the cooperators coming to the two-day congress was 400.
Fr. Joseph Nguyen Chan Hung, Salesian Delegate of Mary Help of Christians Center in Dalat, was the preacher in a half day recollection for all the participants. He helped them undestand more about the Salesian Congregation, all other members of the Salesian Family, and their vocation as the salesian cooperators. He reminded them to imitate Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet to listen Him, and then to become Martha at the service of others; to attend Holy Mass daily; to say the rosary in their families, especially in this month of the Holy Rosary. Fr. Joseph encouraged all the cooperators to engage themselves in apostolic services for the local youth and to apply the Preventive system in educating their children and the local youth at risk.
Meanwhile, Sr. Anne My Hien and Sr. Anne Sang FMA helped 40 new candidates prepare themselves for their promises on Sunday Oct. 8, 2017. They had a good time for recollection and confession.
At 16:30 in the evening, all participants attended the Mass in honor of Mary of Rosary presided by Fr. Joseph Tran Van Hien. After Mass, they joined together in the evening party.
Sunday morning, Oct. 8, 2017, a new Provincial Council of ASC of the next 3 years would present themselves before the Congress and the Thanksgiving Mass would be celebrated in which 40 new cooperators would make their promises.