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MISSION Sl00ls IN BRIEF "...all of us committed to the worldwide mission of Jesus" REPORTED IS THE RE-OPENING OF A SEMINARY IN THE CITY OF NHA- TRANG, IN THE SOUTHEAST OF VIETNAM. That seminary was closed after the Communists came to power 15 years ago. This will be the first seminary in central Vietnam allowed to re-open since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. The Propagation of the Faith sent subsidies, through nor- mal channels, to the local churches of Vietnam earlier this year. Those monies were for various projects, in- cluding the reconstruction of several churches and the construction of Re- ligious formation houses, for cat- echetical materials and catechist support, ind for transportation needs .... THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH GAVE MONEY TO THE ARCH- DIOCESE OF SIAN (CHINA) for the construction of a Regional Major Seminary. Catechist in Sudan IN THE DIOCESE OF VERA PAZ, COBAN, IN GUATEMALA, much evangelization is being done among the "Indigenes" or "Indios" people; 51.3% of the population are Indios; most are already Catholic. There are few native priests in Guatemala, however. Yet, on the 40th anniver- sary of his priestly ordination this past December, Bishop Gerardo Flores Reyes of Vera Paz had the op- portunity to ordain a native priest, the first, a Quechua young man, now Father Arturo C'ac'al Cal .... THE CELEBRATION OF THE CENTENARY OF THE CHURCH IN NAGALAND, IN- DIA, not only commemorated the arrival of the fh'st Catholic mission- aries in the northeast of India but also made history with the ordination of Sa e first two local Naga priests: now ther Neisalhou Carolus and Religious Sister serving among poor in the Missions Mhochan Abraham .... THE CHURCH ON THE NUSA TENGGARA ISLANDS INDONESIA, is concerned about the lack of priests for a population that is more than half Catholic. To meet the spiritual needs of those people, some 1,600 priests are needed; now, there are only 403. IN ANOTHER PART OF INDONESIA, THE DIOCESE OF SANGGAU, WEST BORNEO, the "Daya," the largest group among the local popula- tion, have discovered Christ. The 130,390 Catholics of that diocese are nearly all Daya; the number of Daya among the animists are becoming Catholic at an increas- ing rate. Currently there are 26,835 Daya catechumens and 30.180 who are awaiting cate- chctical instruction. bb()UR PEI)PI.I': SIIARE TIIEIR I:AITII WITII ()NE AN()THI';R Mr)RE BY G()()I) F.XAMPI,E AND PERSONAl. WITNESS TITAN BY ANYTHING ELSE." So wrote Bishop Joseph Surasarang of Chiang Mai, Thai- land. "Many catechists here are !1, saintly apostles, adding burning words of encouragement to the ex- ample of their lives," he stated. ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH GANDA, THE FIRST CATHOLIC PRIEST IN SI- ERRA LEONE, who now heads the Freetown and Bo Archdiocese there, told of the Religious Congregation for women that he established, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Visitation. He explained that the name bears witness to the African tradition of visiting neighbors and family, a tra- dition modeled after Mary's visit to Elizabeth when she "carried Christ to her cousin," he said. He noted that these Sisters also "carry Christ" to others through their work in educa- tion and health care. The Propaga- tion of the Faith last year gave money for a novitiate for these Sisters. SUDANESE REFUGEES, FLEEING THE WAR IN THEIR AFRICAN NATION, create a challenge to the Church in Ethiopia. Many are animists, with a strong Christian minority and a lean- ing among the rest toward Christian- ity especially among the young. RADIO PUYO IS SET UP TO IN- FORM, EDUCATE AND, IMPORTANTLY, EVANGELIZE THE INHABITANTS OF Puvo IN ECUADOR. The programs of Chapel in Marl Radio Puyo offer an invaluable serv- ice to the various ethnic groups of the region and to the Christian commu- nities of the rural and forest areas. The Propagation of the Faith last year provided financial support for the maintenance of Radio Puyo. BISHOP BENEDICT SEKEY OF GBARNGA, LIBERIA, lists evangeli- zation as the top priority for his dio- cese. Recently, a new parish was established, and he is looking for- ward to building a church for it. "A church building is more than just a place for worship," he explains. "It is a visible sign of the Church's pres- ence; it is itself an instrument of evangelization." THE PEOPLE OF MALl, also in Af- rica, are working, too, to build churches and chapels for just that same purpose: to bring others to faith in Jesus. SIGN The U.S. Bishops in Our Mission." They to the blind and releasej Missions, men and part of that mission as mission. On that day, brothers and sisters in SIGN VOC ...thanks to g Seminarian in At The rector of a seminary in Soutlli America wrote that he had to a student with shoes. But that vows never to turn away applicant for the priesthood for lack of funds. "To do so," he says, "would be to say that 99 are not possible among the poor. Many young men in the hear the call to follow Jesus as priests, but do not have the resources for the $700 helps to educate a in the Missions for one year.