Inauguration of the Vi Hoang Elderly Care Home: “Love – Health – Happiness”

On March 16th, in the city of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), the Vi Hoang Elderly Care Home was inaugurated under the theme “Love – Health – Happiness”. This new center will accommodate 100 needy elderly individuals.

Bishop Pedro Nguyễn Văn Khảm, bishop of the diocese of Mỹ Tho, presided over the inauguration ceremony of the elderly care home, accompanied by three Camillian brothers and the parish priest of Tân Hưng. Several elderly individuals, religious figures, and benefactors who supported this initiative from the beginning were also present.

Before the inauguration ceremony, the Bishop emphasized the commitment of the Camillian religious in the Church of Vietnam: to work and serve with the spirit of the Gospel of love, following the example of Jesus Christ, to dispense the love of God and bring peace, joy, happiness, and life, especially to the neediest.

After the ceremony, attendees visited the facility, fostering interaction with the elderly and highlighting the spaces within the structure. Subsequently, participants gathered in the courtyard in front of the Vi Hoang Elderly Care Home building for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, officially marking the beginning of activities at the new care home. Provincial delegate Father Phương Đình Toại, representing the Order, expressed gratitude to Bishop Pedro, the religious, local authorities, and all those who supported this project.

Father Toai also explained that Vi Hoang is named after Dr. Trần Vị Hoàng, who accompanied him on his travels to Cambodia and the central regions of Vietnam to assist the neediest. Before his passing, the doctor expressed a desire to help as many people as possible, especially the sick: this legacy motivated the Camillian delegation to dedicate the new facility in his honour.