Commending Reverend Josephtan T. Pham upon the occasion of his 40th Anniversary in the priesthood

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Reverend Josephtan T. Pham upon the
occasion of his 40th Anniversary in the priesthood to be celebrated on
June 27, 2010

WHEREAS, The character and richness of religious and community life in
this noble Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the faithful
concern and selfless devotion of those who would commit their energies
and purpose to the ministry of others; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish themselves
and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and preeminence of
service; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Reverend
Josephtan T. Pham upon the occasion of his 40th Anniversary in the
priesthood to be celebrated at a Mass on Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Our
Lady of Mount Carmel Church, which will be followed by a reception at
the Parish Center; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham was born on September 15, 1944, in
Kesat Province of HAI-DUONG, Vietnam; after the signing of the Geneva
agreement, his family moved to South Vietnam and resettled in the Prov-
ince of BIEN-HOA, South Vietnam; and
WHEREAS, His vocation to the priesthood came to him at a very young
age; in 1956, with the permission of his parents, Reverend Josephtan T.
Pham entered the Minor Seminary in the Province of MY THO; and
WHEREAS, After four years of Junior High School in the Seminary of
Blessed Liem, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham went to SAIGON for Senior High
School; in 1962, he graduated from high school and was admitted to The
Major Seminary of St. Joseph of Archdiocese of Saigon; and
WHEREAS, In 1965, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham was sent to a parish for
a Pastoral Year; one year later, he returned to the Seminary for four
more years of Theology; on April 29, 1969, he was ordained as Deacon at
the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Saigon; and
WHEREAS, On April 29, 1970, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham was ordained to
the Priesthood at his home parish Kesat by his own Bishop Joseph
LE-VAN-AN, Bishop of the newly created Diocese of XUAN-LOC; and
WHEREAS, Later that year, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham was sent to Rome,
Italy, for higher study of Canon Law in The Urbanian University; on
April 30, 1975, he graduated with a degree of Doctorate in Canon Law;
WHEREAS, After graduation, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham was unable to
return home due to the change of the political regime in Vietnam; he
stayed in Rome for another year hoping for the chance to return home;
WHEREAS, However, in 1976, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham decided to
embark on a new journey in the United States of America, and to serve
the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York; and
WHEREAS, His very first assignment in the Diocese was as Coordinator
under the Supervision of the Diocesan Migration Office; in this capaci-
ty, he was responsible for the spiritual welfare of the Vietnamese
people who had also resettled in Queens and Brooklyn; and
WHEREAS, In 1978, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham was sent to serve as a
Parochial Vicar to serve the parish of St. Jude, Canarsie, Brooklyn; in
July 1982, he was transferred to the Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,
where he has faithfully served this congregation and its members ever
since; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Josephtan T. Pham has brought to his ministry an
overwhelming spirit of charity and compassion, acting from vision and

enlightenment in conducting his administrative and spiritual duties,
while always displaying the highest standards of personal and profes-
sional integrity and dedication; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and has adminis-
tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention, it
is appropriate to publicly and jubilantly proclaim and commend that
individual for the edification of others; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Reverend Josephtan T. Pham upon the occasion of his 40th Anni-
versary in the priesthood, noting his unremitting and compassionate
faith and his exemplary service to God, man, and his community, and
extending to him the heartfelt best wishes of this Legislative Body for
a future of purposeful success and well-being; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Reverend Josephtan T. Pham.


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