Board Members of the Society of the Holy Spirit, gathered together at Spiritan House in Houston for a special ‘end of year’ celebration to mark the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8th 2015.
Fr. Michael Begley, C.S.Sp., principal celebrant, assisted by confreres, Frs. Joseph Nguyen, C.S.Sp., and Don Nesti, C.S.Sp., integrated a ceremony to inaugurate the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in response to the Bill of Indiction, “Misercordiae Vultus” (The Face of Mercy) by Pope Francis.
Following some contextual remarks from Fr. Begley, and against the background of a shared prayer on the role our grand-parents, he facilitated a deep and lively dialogical homily with contributions from all 10 participants, focused on the generic theme of the family, as the primary agent of mercy and reconciliation.
After the Mass, the group assembled for a lingering thanksgiving meal with a distinct Texas tone and flavor.
During 2015, the Society of the Holy Spirit continued its ministry of support for the “Vietnamese Formation Project” for which they were created. During this year they distributed $54,000 for the education of future Spiritan missionary priests, orignating from Vietnam.
Also, during the summer of July 2015, Fr. Trinh Le, C.S.Sp., on behalf of the Spiritan community in Vietnam, not only offered himself for “mission appeals” during his vacation visit, but also met with Board members of the Society of the Holy Spirit, to offer an update on the continuing progress of the formation project in Vietnam.
(pictured left to right: Fr. Joe Nguyen, C.S.Sp., Jim Mensay, Debbie Mensay, John Boyles, Michael Latino, Cynthia Sapio, Fr. Don Nesti, C.S.Sp., Sister Caroline Siy, Chris Caramouche)