On December 1, 2018, claretian student Stephen Nguyen Van Nang was ordained deacon at Daito Parish, Osaka. Bp. Josep M. Abella celebrated the ordination mass that was carefully prepared and staged. Many friends of the claretians in Osaka from our parishes in Imaich, Kadoma and Hirakata also attended the celebration, as well as some Vietnamese friends of deacon Stephen Nang. His Brother and sister in law and a little nephew were also present. At the end of the celebration Fr. Takenobu, East Asia Delegation Vicar, gave thanks to all present and deacon Stephen also shared in Japanese and Vietnamese the emotions of his heart for the day. 

May the Lord bless our brother in this new period of his missionary life, may he experience the joy of been a servant of God’s Word among the people, may the Spirit inspire wise and comforting words in his preaching, and may his life be a reminder to us all of our claretian missionary vocation to serve, not to be served.

At the end of the ceremony there was a simple but tasty fraternal agape with all those present. Japanese and Vietnamese food put a savory touch to our joy.