January 19, 2011 was a blessed day for San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish. The parish church was again chosen for the ordination of the two Vietnamese deacons, Rev. Phong Tran and Rev. Quang Tran both from the Order of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ). This is the first sacerdotal ordination in the history of the young parish of San Lorenzo Ruiz.
The two deacons were ordained in solemn rites and ceremony officiated by His Most Reverend Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches. Joining in the celebration were 33 priests of different nationalities of the SCJ order, including our own parish priest, Fr. Luke Dobles, who prepared and assisted in the liturgy.
The families of the deacons came all the way from Vietnam to witness and participate in this special occasion. Seminarians were assigned as altar servers and one as a lector. An SLRP lay lector, Kuya Firms Gagute, served that day together with a psalmist from the invited choir, Bagong Silang San Roque choir.
Everyone was invited to join the lunch sponsored by the SCJ through the coordination of Ate Josie Cruz as requested by Fr. Vincent Herimanto, SCJ superior and Fr. Nonong Cabaluna,SCJ.
Many thanks to the Mother Butler Guild and to the Ministry of Ushers and Greeters for their assistance.
God bless Rev. Fr. Phong Tran, SCJ and Rev. Fr. Quang Tran, SCJ as we from SANLO pray for their continued dedication and love for their chosen vocation. They will be assigned to do missionary work back in Vietnam.