Ordination to the Priesthood: Pio Yong Ho Jang & Thomas Thien Hien Bui
|Bishop of Toowoomba, Robert McGuckin greets newly ordained Pio Yong Ho Jang and Thomas Thien Hien Bui|
Thomas Thien Hien Bui and Pio Yong Ho Jang were ordained priests for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta on Wednesday 24 June in St Patrick’s Cathedral. They were ordained priests for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta on Wednesday 24 June in St Patrick’s Cathedral. They were ordained by the Bishop of Toowoomba, Robert McGuckin, who has known the men for many years during his time as a former Vicar General in the Diocese of Parramatta. In his homily, Bishop McGuckin said the Australian bishops issued a statement in 2009 entitled Graced by Migration. “It states quite deliberately: ‘Migration has made Australia a greater and richer country, demographically, economically, culturally, socially, linguistically and religiously.’
“We certainly have been blessed by the many people who have migrated to Australia and this is particularly evident in the Diocese of Parramatta."
“The call to priesthood comes in as many and varied ways as there are priests. Each of us would have a somewhat different story that we could tell.”
Originally from An Long Village in Central Vietnam, Thomas is the youngest of nine children. He was delighted that his brother Jerome Thien Thao Bui OP, a Dominican priest, travelled from France to be with him at this special time.
Pio was born in Seoul, Korea, and came with his family to Australia when he was 20. He has a particular interest in the capacity of priests from diverse backgrounds to minister to migrant communities in Australia.
“Thomas and Pio, remember that you are taken from among the people and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God,” Bishop Robert said.
"Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ.
“Keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and who came to seek out and save what was lost.”
Thomas said being a shepherd to the people and leading them to the Holy Trinity and God’s salvation was an important aspect of the life of a priest. “This is closely connected with serving the Church and God’s people wholeheartedly,” he said.
“I will act in the person of Christ (in persona Christi). In particular, I will pour out divine grace on to God’s people in sacraments.”
Thomas said while celibacy was a challenge in today’s world, for him it was an opportunity to serve the Church without reserve. “I am happy to sacrifice my own life for Christ and His Church, as He sacrificed His for me and everyone else,” he said.
Pio said to be ordained a priest was important, “but living as a priest is more important; to try to live as a good man of God”.
“As St Paul says in Galatians 2:20: ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.’”
The Mass was concelebrated by Parramatta’s Bishop Emeritus Kevin Manning, Most Rev Joseph Dang Duc Ngan, Bishop of Lang Son Diocese in Vietnam, Parramatta’s Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams, clergy of the Diocese and visiting clergy.
Thomas will serve as assistant priest in Holy Trinity Parish, Granville, and Holy Family Parish, East Granville. Pio will serve as assistant priest in St Michael’s Parish, Baulkham Hills.
During their years in formation for the priesthood, the men studied at Holy Spirit Seminary, which outgrew its premises at St Marys and is now located at Harris Park. Currently, the Diocese has 12 seminarians in various stages of preparation for priesthood.
As a seminarian, Thomas undertook pastoral work in parishes in Blacktown, Marayong, Toongabbie, Penrith and Greystanes.
Pio’s pastoral placements have been in parishes in Greystanes, Windsor, Toongabbie and Glenmore Park.
Men wishing to find out more about priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta are welcome to contact Fr Warren Edwards, Director of Priestly Vocations: tel 0409 172 700 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Bishop Bob McGuckin's homily here
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