Following the annual November 2, Feast of All Souls Mass at the Grotto of Lourdes’ Glass Chapel, around sixty members of the seminary community headed down to the seminary’s Rec Room where they enjoyed a fine Vietnamese meal organized by Philip Phan (S’ 16, Bridgeport). In hosting the event, Phan, originally hailing from Vietnam, worked with the Vietnamese Knights of Columbus Council from Our Lady of Vietnam parish in Silver Spring, MD. Many members of the council, along with their families, were generous in setting aside the evening to provide and cook the food and also make the trip from the Washington, DC suburbs for the event. The meal consisted of a authentic, traditional Vietnamese foods such as Pho (noodle beef soup), egg rolls, and summer rolls. In providing this cultural experience at the seminary, Phan was also able to fulfill one of his goals for the 2012-2013 academic year. Each year every seminarian is asked to develop a few goals in each of the four pillars of formation; academic, human, pastoral, and spiritual. This year, one of Phan’s pastoral goals was to organize the Vietnamese party in honor of the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs. Unfortunately this year the Feast of the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs, November 24, falls during the Thanksgiving Break, so the decision was made to host the part on November 2 instead. As a part of the celebration of the Vietnamese Martyrs, a film was also shown at the beginning of the dinner recounting the history of the Catholic Church in Vietnam and the details of the lives and deaths of the 117 martyrs honored by the Church as saints.
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