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Special message from seminarian Sáng Đức Bùi Feb 24, 2023

First Sunday of Lent
Seminarian Sang Duc Bui joins OLR Caloundra
Seminarian Sang Duc Bui joins OLR Caloundra

Greetings from Sáng Đức Bùi

Hello, my name is Sáng Đức Bùi. I am a 6th year seminarian at Holy Spirit Seminary in Banyo and I am studying to become a priest for the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

I came to Australia in 2017 at the invitation of Archbishop Mark Coleridge after he visited Vietnam and met with the Vietnamese Bishops and me.

My family consists of six people: my parents, two younger brothers, a youngest sister and myself. I grew up in a poor village in the HaTinh province and coming to Australia was the first time I left my homeland Vietnam. I came here without knowing how to speak any English, and the Australian culture was very foreign to me.

I spent six months learning English at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and then I spent time at Caloundra during the Christmas seasons in 2017 and 2018. I was accepted into Holy Spirit Seminary and began studies at ACU in 2018.

I completed my Bachelor of Theology and Philosophy degree, and I also have commenced the second year of a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. This year typically marks our year-long internship and we are designated a parish placement chosen by the Seminary and the Archbishop of Brisbane.

I come to this parish not just to experience it, but to learn from the experience. Through my internship here at the parish, I hope to understand more about the pastoral tasks of a priest, both spiritually and physically. For example, how a priest humbly exercises power, authority, leadership and is a servant in the mission of the Church.

I also look forward to exploring parish activities and parish culture. From Father Josh, Priests and the Parish Staff, to the schools I visit and the parishioners I meet, this experience will be very valuable for me as you will all shape the image I have of the priesthood before I get ordained. I am very happy to be on pastoral placement here at OLR Parish this year. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you.

God bless you all

Sáng

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