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The Church is a family of families, say Brian and Hannah Tran, who, in addition to their two daughters under four, are raising 10 new children of God as RICA coordinators for their parish of Our Lady of Victories. , Horsley Park.
Mr Tran believes “the Holy Spirit is doing something special within our group” with the number of people converting or coming back to the faith increasing each week.
He and his wife are “honoured and touched” to represent their parish and the Archdiocese of Sydney in Rome at the World Meeting of Families.
“We hope we can learn to become a stronger family with Christ at the center,” Mr. Tran said.
“We are called to be the domestic church and in this sense we must also dispense the grace of God through the family unit.
“If the family is on fire for God, then the parish will be on fire for God and the universal church will be on fire for God.”
“We have always prayed for the Pope in the Rosary but praying with him and by his side is such a blessing!”
The Trans open their house weekly to their extended parish community who consider it “our real family”.
“We break bread together, pray together, mourn together and celebrate together. We are one and we are truly a family,” Mr. Tran said.
“It means riding the waves of life together through the ups and downs.”
They hope to return from Rome with new ideas and initiatives to animate the Church in Australia.
The couple are especially looking forward to meeting Pope Francis and praying with him, a dream come true for the couple.
“We have always prayed for the Pope in the Rosary but praying with him and by his side is such a blessing!” said Mr. Tran.
Mr. Tran also “truly believes” that the World Meeting of Families will help him form and prepare for a vocation to the permanent diaconate, which he hopes to pursue in the future.