DON BOSCO PHNOM PENH — Fr. Roel Soto, Delegate of Father Provincial for Cambodia, presided the Mass during the perpetual profession of Br. Paul Le Quoc Bao, Salesian of Don Bosco, at 9 AM on Sunday, 8th of August 2021 at the Mary Help of Christians Chapel of Don Bosco Phnom Penh. 


Br. Paul Le Quoc Bao is a young Salesian and missionary from Vietnam that is currently doing his practical training in the Cambodian Delegation, THA Province since 2019. He served his first years of experience in youth ministry at Don Bosco Technical and Hotel School of Sihanoukville. After his perpetual profession, he was assigned to the Don Bosco Technical School and Children Fund in Kep Province before his departure for theology. 


During the homily, Fr. Roel Soto underlined the Sunday’s readings like Ephesians 4: 30-5:2, do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with his seal, ready for the day when we shall be set free. Any bitterness or bad temper or anger or shouting or abuse must be far removed from you — as must every kind of malice. Be generous to one another, sympathetic, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ. As God’s dear children, then, take him as your pattern, and follow Christ by loving as he loved you, giving himself up for us as an offering and a sweet-smelling sacrifice to God. Fr. Roel said that it describes perfectly the Salesian life and our need to live in Jesus’ love and commitment. 


Br. Paul made his perpetual profession before the Salesians of the Cambodian delegation and he sent a greeting to his parents and relatives in Vietnam, who attended the Mass through the online platform of Facebook, as did many other Salesians and friends that could not travel due to the pandemic restrictions. Currently, the border between Vietnam and Cambodia is closed. Br. Paul thanked all his formators and confreres in both countries and Fr. Provincial Dheparat in Thailand and the provincial council. 


The Cambodian Delegation was created in 2013 under the Thai Province that includes Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, but the presence of the Salesians in Cambodia can be traced since the 1988’s works at the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand and the upcoming of the Salesians in Phnom Penh in 1991. At the moment, there are five Cambodian young Salesians in initial formation and four foreign young missioners like Br. Paul, who made his perpetual profession in the context of the 30th anniversary of the arrival of Don Bosco to Cambodian land. 

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