By Truong T. Le SVD
“In spite of difficult situations and unforeseeable circumstances, God always manages to walk with us and open us up to new possibilities,” said Father John Hung Le SVD when asked about his transition to Thailand after a 10-year term in Papua New Guinea.
Father John is no stranger to transition, and he is exemplar of an SVD missionary. To be a Divine Word Missionary is to be able to live a life of transition. A Divine Word Missionary is itinerant, and so he must know how to say his goodbyes and enter another place well.
“I’m a person who likes adventures and likes to experience new things,” said Father John, explaining how his personality is compatible with the Divine Word charism. “I’ve made many transitions in my life; sometimes I had no idea what was going on, but through these events I have come closer to what God has planned for me.”
To read about Father John’s journey across three continents, click here.
Frater Truong Thong Le SVD is no stranger to change either. Born in Vietnam, he moved to the United States with his family when he was six years old. He grew up in North Carolina and joined the Society of the Divine Word after completing his bachelor’s degree. Currently, he is fulfilling his Cross-Cultural Training Program in Bangkok, Thailand. When the program ends, he will return to Chicago and resume seminary studies at Catholic Theological Union.