WCBCV -- Mỹ Tho – Vietnam (30 Aug. 2014) The diocese of Mỹ Tho was greatly joyful to welcome and receive her new shepherd, Bishop Peter Nguyễn Văn Khảm. His installation gathered more than a thousand faithful from his home archdiocese of Hồ Chí Minh City and diocese of Mỹ Tho where he took on his new shepherdship.
Bishop Peter was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Hồ Chí Minh City by Pope Benedict XVI on October 15, 2008, ordained bishop a month later, and was appointed Bishop of Mỹ Tho by Pope Francis on July 26, 2014. Bishop Peter graduated from Catholic University of America with a doctorate degree in ministry.
From the early morning of August 30, a delegation from the diocese of Mỹ Tho drove 70 km to the Pastoral Center of the archdiocese of Hồ Chí Minh City, where Bishop Peter had stayed and served as Auxiliary Bishop, to accompany the Bishop-elect to his new diocese. After having been received at the Cathedral, Bishop Peter professed his faith for this new mission and then presided the Eucharist. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Non-resident Representative of the Holy See, joined 17 archbishops and bishops of the CBCV (Catholic Bishops' Conference of Vietnam) at this Eucharist.
In his homily, Bishop Peter exegeted two images of the Church from the gospel of John (20:19-23): After Jesus was crucified, the disciple gathered in closed door with fear; but when Jesus came among the disciple and gave them peace, Jesus sent them out. Bishop Peter encouraged his flock to live without fear. He also extended his gratitude to his predecessors of the diocese of Mỹ Tho and asked everyone to pray for him in this new mission.
Before the end of the Eucharist, Archbishop Girelli delivered his remarks on behalf of the Pope and Archbishop Paul Bùi Văn Đọc, president of the CBCV, extended his greetings on behalf of the Vietnamese bishops.
After the Eucharist, the diocese of Mỹ Tho hosted a warm and fraternal lunch to welcome the new shepherd and all the guests of the diocese. The diocese of Mỹ Tho was created by Pope Jonh XXIII on November 24, 1960 and covered almost three provinces of Tien Giang, Long An, and 2/3 of Dong Thap.
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