A priest that suffered injustice, for been catholic.
Raphael was born in Northern Vietnam. Since he was a little boy he always wanted to be involved with the catholic church this is why at age 7 he woke up every day at 4 am to be an altar boy. When he was 25 years old he wanted to become a priest, but before this happened the communist dictatorship won power so he couldn’t become a priest.
Unfortunately when the communist won the war teaching catholicism and being catholic was forbidden. In 1981 he was detained for 13 months for a “Crime” of “Illegally teaching religion to kids”. He was sent to a forced labor camp in the jungle. In which he was submitted to hard physical work, he was not fed and he was harshly punished if he didn’t do his job.
Seeing that his country was run by a dictatorship he decided to go to Thailand. He was caught escaping so he was condemned to 14 months of prison. After a couple of tries, he finally made it to a refugee camp in Thailand, then he was transferred to the Philippines, and finally, he was transferred to Santa Ana Usa.
In 1990 he became a priest at 44 years old in the USA where he can enjoy the freedom that he was being kept away from since he was a little boy.
He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. vgrmalaysia.net Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity.