Lois Campbell, Trung, Liêm, Anh Vinh và cha Trí
tại buổi họp Ban Phục Vụ - 2003, Virginia
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Để loan báo
việc bổ nhiệm cha Đinh Minh Trí S.J. làm Tuyên Úy Cộng Đoàn Hành CLC,
Paul B. Macke, S.J. - Secretary for Pastoral Ministry, Jesuit Conference of
the United States -
trong một điện thư ngày
"... some of the items that were
discussed by the Provincials at the recent JC meeting in St. Louis. First of
all, Tri Dinh, S.J., was unanimously approved as the Vice-Ecclesial
Assistant for Vietnamese CLC in the USA ..."
Đề cập đến việc bổ nhiệm
này, ông Thomas Bausch, CLC-president nhận định rằng:
"In my opinion, that it
was unanimously approved by all of the Provincials is significant and very
important, for it points to the fact that Dong Hanh cuts across all of the
provinces (and beyond), is a distinct work, and is important to all of us.
Exco is delighted with this appointment."
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Cha Đinh Minh Trí
hiện đang là tuyên úy sinh viên đại học và cộng đoàn CLC tại đại học
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. Cha đă đảm nhiệm sứ vụ này
ngay sau khi cha chịu chức linh mục vào năm 2000.
Việc cha Trí
được toàn thể các Bề Trên các Tỉnh Ḍng cùng đồng ư chấp thuận bổ nhiệm
vào chức vụ này mang một ư nghĩa rất đặc biệt, nói lên mức độ quan tâm của
toàn thể Ḍng Tên tại Hoa Kỳ đối với Cộng Đoàn Đồng Hành CLC. Trong thời
gian qua một số bạn trẻ xuất thân từ
trào Đồng Hành đă
t́m ra được ơn gọi của ḿnh, bước theo Ḍng Tên và trở thành những linh mục trẻ hăng hái, đầy nhiệt t́nh phục vụ.
Việc bổ nhiệm này cũng là một tin mừng đặc biệt đối với EXCO (Ban Phục Vụ) của Christian
Cha Trí sẽ chính thức nhận nhiệm vụ vào dịp họp mặt Ban Phục Vụ Cộng Đoàn
Đồng Hành vào mùa Hè năm nay tại Virginia.
Để biết thêm
về cha, xin đọc bài phỏng vấn sau đây tại
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11 Burning Questions with Fr. Tri Dinh
What is your role in Campus Ministry?
I sit around, yak, talk, listen to students and get paid for it. I'm one of
those lucky people who gets paid for doing what he loves. I organize
Christian Life Community groups and go on retreats. I get to accompany
[students] on [their] spiritual journeys in many ways: doing services,
prayer groups, retreats, justice opportunities, and just hanging out and
shooting the breeze.
2. What do you think about the "All Those Who Love Father Tri" group on
I'm amused and a bit embarrassed. I'm told it has a lot of people. You
will find most of them are from Desmond.
3. What can you tell us about your ping-pong skills?
It's in my family. The Vietnamese play a lot of ping-pong. I don't think we
can afford tennis in Vietnam because tennis courts are too expensive. I have
five brothers and we are very athletic people. I'm told I'm very
competitive, which I probably am.
4. How do you like living in Desmond?
I love living in Desmond because of the women. [They are] very diverse and
very fun-loving. Structurally, I think it's wonderfully built. One of the
reasons I know a lot of women in Desmond is because I can stand in the
center and look down into three hallways. It's very accessible for a busy
chaplain like myself.
5. Where did you grow up?
I was born in Saigon, Vietnam and I grew up in South Vietnam for the first
10 years of my life. In 1975, when the communists took over the country, my
family fled, so I'm a refugee.
6. What's your favorite activity that you're in charge of on campus?
The small CLC groups because of the honest, vulnerable and often very funny
and real conversations about life, faith and relationships. Sometimes we get
very serious and sometimes we laugh our heads off. One of the most wonderful
skills in life is to learn to laugh at oneself.
7. What's something most students might not know about you?
I have a motorcycle license. I would love to drive a motorcycle, but my
family of Jesuits frown upon it. I would love to do what Che Guevara did and
drive a motorcycle through one continent and see life. That would be
8. What do you think of the Dormoscopes for the Jesuit community in the
I've seen them once or twice. I think they'd be funnier if you called up a
Jesuit and asked them for a quote at x87445. Ask them for something like,
"What love advice would you give to LMU students?"
9. Who do you like best: first-years, sophomores, juniors or seniors?
You're asking me to choose between people I really love. I'd have to say
first-years because of my experience in Desmond. Desmond women, past and
present, have really made me fond of first-year students. But I like to play
with the seniors' minds, because they're already wired for life after going
10. If you could be any kind of food, what would you be?
I would be a strawberry. That's my favorite fruit. It grows in the ground,
so it's well connected to the ground, it's the same inside and outside and
it has bumps, which actually make it more beautiful.
11. If you could sit down with Saint Ignatius of Loyola right now, what
would you ask him?
I would ask him how I could share the Spiritual Exercises with more people.
12. What do you think is the most common misconception about Jesuits
among LMU students?
That all Jesuit communities are like the LMU Jesuit community-that we all
are super rich people and that we don't really live in poverty. We have a
community in Watts and East Los Angeles and they're very different.
13. Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
I went to Rice University in Houston and I majored in biochemistry.
14. What kind of music do you like to rock out to?
I like U2, Journey, and the Cure -- 80s.
15. What are your spring break plans?
I am planning to go with several people to New Orleans to be in solidarity
and to help out our sisters and brothers in the Ninth ward at an Episcopal
16. What's your favorite travel destination?
Yosemite. John Muir, the naturalist, described Yosemite as "heaven on
earth." One cannot but run smack into God when one is at Yosemite. I go
there at least once a year. Last year I went four times.
17. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to take walks, watch movies and read.
18. What's your favorite movie?
"Gone with the Wind." There's some hopeless romantic in me.