Behind the Patch
After 23 years, we’re excited to release for the first time ever our đoàn patch! To explain some of the symbolism:
Each color represents the various branches of our movement, including Ấu Nhi, Thiếu Nhi, Nghĩa Sĩ, Hiệp Sĩ and Huynh Trưởng.
The chalice and TNTT cross with the sun rays above it embody the Eucharist as the source and summit of our lives.
The chalice is intertwined with Vietnam as the Vietnamese culture intertwines with our faith and grounds us in our heritage.
The map of the state of Georgia then shifts us back to reminding us of how far we've come in bringing VEYM beyond the Vietnamese borders. The TNTT cross is also conveniently located approximately near our home, Norcross, GA.
The palm leaves represent the 117 Holy Vietnamese Martyrs who laid the foundation for our faith and continue to watch over us as the patrons of our parish.
Who is Saint Tôma Trần Văn Thiện?
Tôma Thiện was executed by King Minh Mạng on September 21, 1838 because he refused to step over the cross.
Tôma Thiện was canonized on June 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
Feast Day of Tôma Thiện: September 21