On January 16th, the Redemptorists, Province of Thailand, celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its presence in the mission area of Mae Cham, Chiang Mai, incorporated with a closing celebration of its 75th Anniversary of the mission in Thailand. The joyous occasion brought together a diverse congregation, including local community members from different tribes, clergy, and religious, all gathered to commemorate the profound impact of the Redemptorist mission at the Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, Ban Din Khao, Mae Cham, Chiang Mai.
The highlight of the celebration was a Eucharistic Celebration imbued with a deep sense of reverence, presided over by Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana of Chiang Mai Diocese and around 60 clergy members intimately connected with the mission’s journey. Many religious members joined this celebration, with around 3,000 people from various villages. Cultural performances and hymns in the Karen language added a touch of festivity to the event, showcasing the unity and diversity that characterized the local community.
This celebration showed that the Redemptorist mission was not merely an institution but a dynamic force woven into the fabric of Thai society and tribal communities. As the Redemptorist mission in Chiang Mai commemorates its 25th Anniversary, it stands as a testament to the power of compassion, dedication, and community collaboration. The journey thus far has been marked by achievements, challenges, and, above all, a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of tribal people. Here’s to another 25 years of transformative impact and shared growth.
Fr. Peter Jittapol Plangklang, C.Ss.R.