On January 26, Sacred Heart Monastery hosted a Lunar New Year celebration (“Tet” in Vietnamese). The “Year of the Rat” began on Saturday, January 25. The monastery community invited SCJs and members of the community at St. Martin of Tours, where the Vietnamese Catholic community in Milwaukee is based.
The main chapel at SHM was filled; priests and deacons from both SHM and St. Martin of Tours were present. Fr. Joseph Quang Tran, SCJ (associate pastor of St. Martin of Tours), was the main celebrant, and Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ (associate professor at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, as well as a member of the Provincial Council), was the homilist.
After the liturgy, the SHSST lobby filled with vibrant colors as dancers in traditional costumes performed in the hall. Visitors enjoyed Vietnamese foods and were treated to entertainment provided by the Vietnamese community at St. Martin of Tours. Jacob Smith, a candidate in the province formation program, donned a traditional outfit and performed a song in Vietnamese. Games were also played during the celebration.
Our thanks to Frater Henry Nguyen, SCJ, who shared information and photos from the celebration. He noted that over 300 visitors attended. Photos have been posted on the US Province Facebook page.
Click here to view photos posted by SHSST this morning.
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! ["Happy New Year" in Vietnamese]
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.