The Valley Catholic June 11, 2019 - Page 6

6 COMMUNITY June 11, 2019 | The Valley Catholic Diocese of San Jose Ordains Two Men for the Priesthood By Liz Sullivan Saying “Yes” to the Call of God. On June 1, John Tu Hoang and Victor Trinidad pledged to continue to say yes to the Call of God as they were ordained priests for the Diocese of San Jose during an Ordination Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. Bishop Oscar Ca nt ú presided and was joined by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. “Victor and John, you have both encountered the word of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Cantú. “Jesus said ‘fol- low me’ and ‘follow me beyond your comfort zone.’ Pope John Paul II said the first time a child encounters God is from the love of their parents. Pope Francis encourages a culture of en- counter. When you encounter God, you encounter one another. You will be called today moving forward to lead the lambs of the Diocese of San Jose and what will feed them is the love you have encountered from God; a love that has transformed you.” Father Trinidad is the first Ameri- can-born Filipino priest to be ordained Bishop Cantú poses with Fathers Victor Trinidad and John Tu Hoang and their families after ordination Mass. in the Diocese. Father Hoang is the sec- ond American-born Vietnamese priest. “I know that God and Our Blessed Mother have helped me throughout my journey of discernment to the priest- hood,” said Father Hoang in a quote in the Mass’ Worship Aid, “and I am confident that it is God’s will where I am today.” In July, the new priests will take up their first assignments. Father Trinidad will be the Parochial Vicar at the Ca- thedral and Father Hoang becomes the Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary, Gilroy. “It is important that you encounter Christ regularly,” said Bishop Cantú,” because it will feed your soul. People will come to you not because you are good guys, which you are, but because they want to be fed. They want to see Christ and they want to see Christ in you.” Among the scores of priests in at tenda nce who celebrated wit h Trinidad and Hoang were former Diocese of San Jose Vocation Directors, Father John Poncini and Father Joe Kim, and current Vocations Director Photos by Jen Vazquez Father Ritche Bueza. “What started as a simple, uncon- ditional yes to God has grown to an abundance of blessings for me, but not without its crosses,” said Father Trini- dad, quoted in the worship aid. “Thank you to my friends and family who have supported me along the way. I look forward to what God has next. As Jesus says, ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” For more photos visit, To learn more about vocations in the Diocese, visit International Exhibition Saturday, June 15 th , 2019 to Sunday, June 23 rd , 2019 Our Lady of Peace Church 2800 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95054 Our Lady of Peace Church will be hosting an outdoor exhibit of Eucharistic miracles around the world. With an extensive assortment of photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition presents some of the principal Eucharistic Miracles that took place throughout the ages in various countries of the world and have been recognized by the Church. The current exhibition includes 153 panels that are used to explain 152 Eucharistic Miracles with an additional 22 country and historical panel maps. For more information, please visit or call the Our Lady of Peace parish office at (408)988-4585. Photos by Jen Vazquez