From July 14-16, 2017, the 9th National Congress of VMY Vietnam was held with the theme “Let us be the living stones of God” at the Vincentian Monastery in Dalat City, Vietnam. It gathered over 300 attendees across the country.
On the first day, after the opening mass, participants spent time on various discussions led by the fathers of CM and by the president. These were some topics mentioned on the first day: “How to become a living stone of God” (by Fr. Peter Nguyen Cong Tuan, CM- the Director of the monastery); “Leadership in the VMY” (Mr. JB. Vu Trung Tuan- the president); “Roles of the leader” (by Fr. John Pham Huu Linh, CM - the National Advisor).
In the evening, the members joined in the game show “The Golden Bell” which helped them recall their knowledge of Our Lady, the VMY Association and the Vincentian Charism. After the game show, Ms. Marie Claire- the representative of the international team gave a talk sharing to the attendees some information about the International Team as well as about the VMY in the countries where she got chance to visit. She also shared that she was very happy to witness the Vietnamese culture and the unique practices of the VMY in this country. While sharing about the other VMY groups from the other countries, she commented that the modesty, kindness and commitment of each member was a very pleasant sight to witness.
On the second day, the VMY Vietnam welcomed 16 newly consecrated members as they made their Marian consecration. The report about the national team and VMY Vietnam for the past 3 years (July, 2014 – July, 2017) was also presented by the president, followed by the National Council election for the term of 2017-2020 where Mr. JB. Vu Trung Tuan was re-elected as the national president and the other 8 council members were then selected.
In the congress, the members also discussed and gave out a common living commitment for VMY Vietnam for the next 3 years (2018-2020): “Sacrificing personal work in order to participate actively and creatively in all group’s activities”
The second day ended with a very special night of music and the members had the opportunity to exchange and enjoy the cultural beauty of different parts of Vietnam.
On the last day of the congress, the members welcomed the guests from the Vincentian Family of Vietnam to the celebration of the 187th anniversary of Our Lady’s First Apparition to Saint Catherine Labouré and the 85th Anniversary of VMY Vietnam. The participants had the chance to recall the identities of a Vincentian Marian Youth Vincentian Spirituality in the mission of loving and serving the poor in the occasion of the 400 years Vincentian Charism.
The 9th National Congress of VMY Vietnam closed with an atmosphere of brotherhood.
BY JOSEPH NGUYEN CONG THANH