Vietnamese Jesuits are young and they give priority to accompany young people in their country. They do this in a variety of contexts, for example, with university students, but also, at the service of the Vietnamese Church, with seminarians. Here are the testimonies of two Vietnamese Jesuits involved with young people.
Nguên Thái Son works full-time in youth ministry. He summarizes his attitude and involvement as follows: “Our apostolate aims to offer a solid formation in human values, in the spiritual life and in commitment. We highlight aspects that general education in Vietnam does not really offer, such as methodology and critical thinking. Secondly, we encourage young people to embrace and live traditional Vietnamese values so that they may integrate them in a positive way with what contemporary society has to offer. Then, as Jesuits, rooted in the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises, we want to help young people to live a deep spiritual life, to become mature believers. All this, intellectual and spiritual formation, is oriented towards the service of others, especially marginalized people. The young people we support will then have a positive influence on the environments in which they live and work.