“Be a man of God”

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

OKLAHOMA CITY – When Deacon Vuong “Vic” Luong reached the end of the ordination procession at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, he glanced at the front row. Sitting next to his Oklahoma family was his father, Uyen Luong, who made his first trip to the United States from Vietnam to see his son become a priest. Both father and son blinked away tears and smiled.

With more than 600 friends, family, priests, deacons, seminarians and parishioners, Archbishop Coakley celebrated the Mass of Ordination, ordaining Deacon Vic Luong into the priesthood.

“This is a day of great rejoicing for the Church in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. The Lord has chosen one of our own. He has blessed us with a new priest,” Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said during his homily.

“It is not enough for a priest today to become a good churchman. He must be first and foremost a faithful disciple, a missionary disciple, a witness to Jesus Christ, and a herald of the Gospel for a New Evangelization. Deacon Vic, … be a man of God and a man of prayer. Keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served, but to serve, and who came to seek out and save what was lost.”

The Mass readings, Jeremiah 1:4-9 and 1 Peter 4:7-11, were read by Faith Reilly and Van Thanh Chow. The Gospel, John 10:11-16, was proclaimed by Deacon Alex Kroll and Deacon Sang Ninh in English and Vietnamese.

Father Luong will begin his priestly service as associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament in Lawton.

Diane Clay is editor of the Sooner Catholic.

Photos Steve Sisney/Sooner Catholic and provided.