Archdiocese Of Regina Ordains Three New Priests

By Deacon Eric Gurash


An estimated 1200 faithful from across the Archdiocese of Regina, North America, and around the world gathered at Holy Rosary Cathedral to celebrate the Priestly Ordinations of Deacons Anthony Tran, Chinh Vu, and Parker Love.  While the past couple of years have also seen the ordinations of Father's Arpee Urquico and Richardo Escalante, it has been more than 30 years since the Archdiocese has ordained as many as three men in a single celebration.


In his homily, Bishop Donald Bolen recognized that these ordinations take place in a challenging context "You are being ordained at a turbulent time," Bolen spoke, "The world is ever more polarized on key issues about the future...In the midst of all this, God calls. It is remarkable."


For the newly ordained, this celebration has been the culmination of many years of discernment and study. Father Parker Love recalled his own eight-year journey which began with his baptism at the age of 23 after taking part in the RCIA process at Regina's Resurrection Parish. That experience opened the way for God to work at an even deeper level and began seven years of additional study and formation that led him to this point, "And that's a very short time compared to the length of time that my brothers Anthony and Chinh Vu spent discerning and being formed in that call," Love said, "I'm still just a mama's boy who comes home for dinner on Sunday, but Chinh and Anthony have made a real sacrifice to be here."


For Fathers Anthony and Chinh, this journey into service to the people of the Archdiocese of Regina has been one of both time and distance. Both were born in Vietnam and realized a call to the priesthood early in life.  "One day, after Mass, (my parish priest) asked me if I wanted to become a priest. I said 'yes' immediately!" Says Fr. Chinh, who went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in French before formally entering into seminarian studies which eventually led to his studying for the Archdiocese of Regina.


It was the good example of a parish priest that also led Fr. Tran to discover a call to the priesthood in his early childhood. The unfortunate death of his father initially put his plans on hold as he directed attention to caring for his family, but resulted in later conversations with the late Archbishop Daniel Bohan leading to the completion of his formation at St. Joseph's Seminary in Edmonton and subsequent ordination as a priest for the Archdiocese of Regina.


Each of the young men were invited to choose one of the readings for the celebration, and each provided some insight into why their particular passage was chosen.


For Fr. Parker Love, the Pentecost reading from the Acts of the Apostles spoke "of the sharing of the Love of God in Jesus' ministry...which I see as an important thing to do - always point back to Jesus and His paschal mystery."


St. Paul's account of the Eucharistic meal in First Corinthians was chosen by Fr. Anthony for the way it places the Eucharist at the center of the priest's life, while for Fr. Chinh it was John's Gospel account of Peter's profession of Love to Christ, and Christ's response in love, that spoke to his heart. "A priest should never forget those two words that Jesus said to Peter: "follow me". Following Jesus is the first choice. Love for God and love for parishioners should go hand in hand, " said Chinh.


Archbishop Donald concluded his words speaking directly to the three, "tonight the Lord says to you: Parker, Chinh, Anthony, "Do you Love me?" And hearing your profession of love, and holding you in a bond of love so tight that it can never be undone, He says, "Then feed my lambs, tend my sheep, follow me."


This most recent string of ordinations for the Archdiocese of Regina continues on July 12, 2019 with the Ordinations of two additional seminarians, Chris Juchacz and Andrew Lindenbach as Transitional Deacons in anticipation of their ordinations to the priesthood in the near future.


The newly ordained Fathers Chinh Vu, Anthony Tran, and Parker Love ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of Regina continue to keep them and their brother priests in prayer as they together strive to respond faithfully to this daunting, but grace-filled call to serve Jesus Christ and His Church.

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