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Priestly Ordination at Mount Angel Abbey

August 10, 2017
The Benedictine community of Mount Angel Abbey was joined on the morning of August 4 by a church full of people who came to celebrate the ordination of John Vianney Le, O.S.B. Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, was the main celebrant; Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., Abbot of Mount Angel Abbey, was the principal concelebrant.
 
During the homily, Archbishop Sample reflected that the call to priestly ordination is a gift from God. “Our priesthood,” he said, “is only a participation in the one priesthood … that is the priesthood of Jesus Christ. It is his priesthood in which we have been given the privilege to share.”
 
Referring to the Gospel of John, Archbishop Sample likened the priestly life to the laying down of one's life in order to bear fruit in service to the Church. "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if itdies it produces much fruit" (Jn 12:20-3).
 
Fr. John Vianney, a native of Vietnam, traveled in 1992 with his family to the United States at the age of 12. Along with his mother and siblings, they joined his father who had immigrated six years earlier to Chicago to establish a place for them.
 
Navigating a new culture and language was not easy, but Fr. John Vianney eventually settled into his new home. Following high school, he started college and completed his courses at St. Joseph College Seminary in Chicago. His path to the priesthood was interrupted with some time working in California, but he eventually found his way to Mount Angel Abbey. He entered the monastery in March 2012; he then completed
his seminary studies and made his Solemn Vows in the community in August 2016.
 
In the three months before his ordination, Fr. John Vianney was in Rome participating in a course for those involved in Formation work, conducted by the Benedictine Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm. Fr. John Vianney is currently assigned to the staff of Mount Angel Seminary as a formation director.