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FULL TEXT: Welcome address of Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells

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Apostolic Nuncio Peter Bryan Wells at the 80th SERRA International Convention, Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 22, 2023.

Ladies and gentlemen, honored guests, and esteemed members of Serra International,

A warm and heartfelt welcome to each one of you as we gather here in the enchanting city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is an extraordinary privilege to stand before you today.

This important occasion brings together individuals from different corners of the globe, united by a shared purpose—the unwavering commitment to serve our communities and foster the growth of vocations to priesthood and religious life. As members of Serra International, you clearly understand the profound impact that your collective efforts can have on the future of the Church and the future of those who are clued to serve her in a very particular way.

To have the esteemed presence of Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Cardinal Chito Tagle, who joins us by zoom, and Cardinal Charles Bo gracing us with their wisdom and guidance is an exceptional honor. Their remarkable dedication to the faith, their tireless service to the Church, and their unwavering commitment to the betterment of society inspire us all. We are truly humbled by their presence among us.

We are also privileged to have the esteemed Catholic bishop of Chiang Mai, Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana, with us today. His leadership, compassion, and unwavering commitment to the spiritual well-being of his flock are a testament to the transformative power of faith and service. We are grateful for his generosity in hosting as during these important days.

Gathered here today, is the leadership of Serra International—individuals who have tirelessly dedicated their time and energy to further the mission of this organization. It is your vision, your guidance, and your passion for service that have paved the way for the success that has been achieved, over the years and we extend our deepest gratitude to you.

This meeting in the heart of Chiang Mai provides us with a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, engage in meaningful conversations, and strengthen our bonds of fellowship. Let us seize this moment to learn from one another, to share our experiences, and to inspire each other with our collective dedication to the mission of Serra.

As we embark on this journey together, let us remember that our service extends beyond the walls of this meeting room. Let the wisdom imparted by our speakers and particiapants, coupled with the shared experiences of Serrans from around the world, ignite a flame of inspiration within each of us.

May our time here in Chiang Mai rejuvenate our spirits, strengthen our resolve, and reaffirm our commitment to serving the Church, our communities, and the world at large. Let us return to our respective corners of the globe as beacons of hope, carrying with us the shared values, knowledge, and enthusiasm we gain from this extraordinary gathering.

Once again, I express my deepest gratitude to our honored guests for gracing us with their presence. To the leadership of Serra International, I extend my heartfelt appreciation for your dedication and guidance.

May this meeting be filled with enlightening discussions, fruitful collaborations, and profound moments of inspiration. Let us embrace this opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of others, by promoting vocations to the ministerial priesthood and consecrated life.

Please be assured of my prayers, and those of the Holy Father, for the success of this meeting and for mission of Serra International.

Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells
Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand and Cambodia
Apostolic Delegate to Laos

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