On a beautiful winter morning December 5, many faithful gathered at the Marian Shrine of Help of Christians at Nazareth Salesian Seminary in Anisakan in Burma for the priestly ordination of Rev. Victor Khum Myat Aung SDB. The ordination Eucharist began at 9:00 am with the entrance procession led by the Nazareth Aspirants’ flute band to the altar. The Holy Eucharist celebration was presided by His Grace, Archbishop Paul Graung of Mandalay Archdiocese.
In his sermon His Grace spoke about the priceless value of a priest and its selfless service to the Church and the pilgrim people of God.
Rev. Victor Khum Myat Aung belongs to a Kachin tribe, an ethnic minority from the northern part of Myanmar. He completed his initial Salesian formation in the Vice-Province of Myanmar. He then pursued a theological degree at the Don Bosco Centre of Studies in the Philippines.
At the conclusion of the Eucharist, Fr. Maurice Vallence SDB, the superior of Vice-Province, thanked all who came to the ordination and those who played special roles. Fr. Victor also thanked every person, those who played important roles and those helped him in his vocation so far. Quoting from the gospel of Mark [10:45], Fr Victor explained his priestly motto, “The son of man did not come to be served but to serve”.
The solemn celebration of Eucharist was concluded by the blessing of the newly ordained priest.
Following the Eucharist, a festive lunch in typical Burmese and Kachin styles was served to all attendees. Everybody enjoyed the day and gave praise to the good Lord. Above all, the Salesians in Burma were very excited because they were blessed with a new brother priest to work with in the education and salvation of the young.