Spiritan News

Event Raises Funds for Manila Formation House

HOUSTON, TX – July 31,2015

Five hundred people squeezed into the ballroom at Kim Son in Houston for an evening of  Vietnamese food and entertainment, a greeting by Auxiliary Bishop Vincent Nguyen of Toronto and an auction to raise funds for the planned formation house in Manila. The event raised over $170,000 through the generosity of those in attendance and other donors who could not attend that evening.


Choir sings Come Holy Spirit

Fr. Jeff Duaime, C.S.Sp.,  U.S. Provincial, local Spiritan Fathers Don Nesti, Mike Grey, Michael Begley, Joe Nguyen, Andy Do, Clement Uchendu. Galveston-Houston Archdiocese priests were also in attendance.

The Vietnamese Dominican Sisters were well represented with a table of ten.

Fr. Dan Sormani C.S.Sp., presented a series of slides describing the present and planned facilities, along with photos of the young men studying for the priesthood in Manila. The project will cost approximately $1 million dollars, with half that amount already received or pledged.


Bishop Vincent Nguyen, Toronto, Fr. Michael Begley, C.S.Sp., Fr. Joe Nguyen, C.S.Sp.

Many people played key roles in the success of the evening, including — Fr. Joe Nguyen C.S.Sp., Fr. Michael Begley, C.S.Sp., Fr. Trinh Li, C.S.Sp., Fr. Joe’s sister, Anh,  and Elizabeth Cantu, Business Manager Spiritan Office for Mission Advancement.