Spiritan News

Event Raises Funds for Manila Formation House

HOUSTON, TX – July 31,2015

Five hundred people squeezed into the ballroom at Kim Son in Houston for an evening of  Vietnamese food and entertainment, a greeting by Auxiliary Bishop Vincent Nguyen of Toronto and an auction to raise funds for the planned formation house in Manila. The event raised over $170,000 through the generosity of those in attendance and other donors who could not attend that evening.

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Choir sings Come Holy Spirit

Fr. Jeff Duaime, C.S.Sp.,  U.S. Provincial, local Spiritan Fathers Don Nesti, Mike Grey, Michael Begley, Joe Nguyen, Andy Do, Clement Uchendu. Galveston-Houston Archdiocese priests were also in attendance.

The Vietnamese Dominican Sisters were well represented with a table of ten.

Fr. Dan Sormani C.S.Sp., presented a series of slides describing the present and planned facilities, along with photos of the young men studying for the priesthood in Manila. The project will cost approximately $1 million dollars, with half that amount already received or pledged.

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Bishop Vincent Nguyen, Toronto, Fr. Michael Begley, C.S.Sp., Fr. Joe Nguyen, C.S.Sp.

Many people played key roles in the success of the evening, including — Fr. Joe Nguyen C.S.Sp., Fr. Michael Begley, C.S.Sp., Fr. Trinh Li, C.S.Sp., Fr. Joe’s sister, Anh,  and Elizabeth Cantu, Business Manager Spiritan Office for Mission Advancement.