Reverend Bernard Maria Bùi Khải Hoàn, CRM
(1919 - 2006)
(1919 - 2006)
Dominic Bui Quang Trung was born on November 24th, 1919 at Trà Lũ, Trà Đoài, Xuân Trường, in the Nam Định province, of the diocese of Bùi Chu, Vietnam. He received the Sacrament of Baptism on November 30th, 1919, and received St. Dominic as his patron saint.
Dominic entered the seminary at Bùi Chu. On December 14th, 1947, Reverend Dominic was ordained a priest at Quần Phương - Bùi Chu. He chose his motto as:
“ADVENIAT REGNUM SACRATISSIMORUM CORDIUM”
"May the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and Mary come"
After his ordination, he was made assistant pastor of Thức Hóa, Bùi Chu, and was made a spiritual director for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and the Trung Linh seminary.
Because Reverend Dominic wanted to dedicate himself more fully to God, he requested to enter the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix, an entirely new Vietnamese order. On February 2nd, 1953, Reverend Dominic entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer (CRM), and received his new name: "Bernard Maria Bùi Khải Hoàn," according to the custom of the congregation. Reverend Bernard made his first vows on March 25th, 1954.
Reverend Bernard assigned to build up the Congregation of Mary, Queen of the World
On November 11th, 1954, Reverend Bernard was sent by his superior, Reverend Dominic Trần Đình Thủ, to Bùi Chu to take care of a small associate group of women known as the Lovers of the Holy Cross.
In February 1956, Reverend Bernard brought these women from My Tho to settle in Bùi Môn, Gia Dinh (which is Saigon City today). From 1957 on, Father Bernard wholeheartedly helped this associate improve in numbers, finance, and spirit.
In May 1959, Reverend Bernard wrote and revised the Constitution and statutes, and requested to change the name of the associate to the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Mary, Queen of the World, our Mother Community.