uc HngBlazing Torch N TU A MINH TNH DNG C MARIA V NHIM |
DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MARY IMMACULATE PROVINCE
Sr. Angela Thy Trinh Phm, OP B Trn Gim Tnh / Provincial
A Provincial NoteLi Ng
Knh cho qu thn nhn, n nhn v bn hu trong tnh yu ca Thin Cha, ng
giu lng xt thng.
n gi l mt huyn nhim l li bc pht ca c Thnh Gio Hong Gioan Phaol
II khi thy trong Gio Hi vn tip tc c nhng con ngi can m p li li mi
gi quyt lit ca Thin Cha. H nghe ting Cha ku mi, p tr bng cuc sng
chng nhn, v i trn con ng t n phc vinh quang. Nhng chng nhn y khng
nhng sng ngay trong thi i chng ta m cn rt gn gi vi chng ta, in hnh
nh c Thnh Gio Hong Gioan XXIII, ngi khai mc Cng ng chung Vatican II
ku gi Gio Hi hy m tung cc cnh ca Thnh Thn Cha hot ng khp ni; c Thnh
Gio Hong Phaol II, Ngi u tin ro bc khp nm chu n vi mi ngi; v v thnh
mi nht l M Trsa Calcutta, mt n tu trong thn hnh b nh cha ng mt qu
tim v i m p bao ngi cng kh, gi nua, i rch, thiu tnh thng, ngho nhn
Chng ta cng t n Thin Cha ban cho chng ta sng cng thi i ca cc
Thnh, c bit c dim phc mt thy, tai nghe, v tay c th ng chm vo nhng
nhn chng sng ng y nhiu ln, nhiu cch. Cc ngi cm nghim lng Cha xt
thng, v trao ban lng thng xt y cho tt c nhng ai cc ngi c c hi phc
v. Cuc sng ca cc ngi c l cng l nhng ting chung khng nh thc bch mi
ngi chng ta, c bit trong Nm Thnh ca Lng Thng Xt, hy sng n gi ca mnh
mi ngy mt xng ng hn vi tnh thng hi h ca Thin Cha bng nhng phng cch
c gi ln trong li kinh THNG NGI C 14 MI.
Chng ta hy khn cu cng cc Thnh gip chng ta khim tn m lng n nhn
tnh Cha xt thng v ng thi cng bit khn kho chuyn ti tnh thng xt y cho
Knh chc qu v sng mi trong i dng ca lng Cha Thng Xt.
Cover image: St. Dominics chapel at Santa Sabina, Rome
Dear Friends and Benefactors in the Most Merciful Love of the
Vocation is a mystery, Saint Pope John Paul II once exclaimed
whereupon seeing generous men and women who resolutely answered the
call to the priesthood or religious consecration. They have heard
Gods call, discerned His will, followed Christ by offering their
very own testimony of witnesses, and endured with heroic fidelity
so as to seize their laurel wreath. Such lives of sanctity lived
not only during our lifetime, but they also are very close to our
memory. Take for instance: Saint Pope John XXIII who convened the
Second Vatican Council and challenged the Church to open wide its
doors to enable the workings of the Holy Spirit to pen-etrate all
corners of the earth; Saint Pope John Paul II, the first pope to
travel the five continents to encounter Gods people; and the most
recent minted Saint, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a religious sister
most humble in stature yet with a magnanimous heart to embrace the
poor, the outcast, the marginalized, the oppressed, the
Let us thank our gracious Lord, who in His divine wis-dom and
providence, allows us to live in this era with Saints John XXIII,
John Paul II, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. How blessed are we for
the many opportuni-ties to actually se`e, hear, touch, and/or
encounter these saintly witnesses in countless ways. These trio
saints undoubtedly have experienced the mercy of God and
unselfishly shared it with those whom they had the privi-lege to
serve and minister. Together, their lives are like a peal of bells
to awaken and thus sprint us to action in this extraordinary
Jubilee Year of Mercy: to authenti-cally live our lives more
worthily of the superabundant love of God within us through the
spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Let us seek the Saints intercessions that granted with
humbleness of hearts, we may receive the infinite mercy of God and
with prudence lavishly transmit His mercy unto others.
May you live always in the abyss of the Fathers Mercy.
On September 5, Labor Day morning, some twenty two hundred
Catholics of the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston gathered to show
homage to Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a humble nun from India.
Since we all cannot cross the ocean for her canonization, her first
class relics of blood and hair were available for venera-tion after
the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred
Mother really knows how to draw a crowd, says Cardinal DiNardo.
Undoubtedly, it was her ardent and total trust in the Lord and
selfless giving in service of the poor that inspired many to seek
her inspiration and intercession: Saint Mother Teresa, model of
mercy, pray for us!
Ngy 5 thng 9, ngy quc t lao ng va qua, khong hai ngn hai trm gio
dn thuc Tng Gio Phn Galve-ston Houston quy t tn knh M Thnh Trsa
thnh Calcutta, mt n tu khim tn t India. V mi ngi khng th vt i dng
tham d nghi l phong Thnh ca M, nn nhng di tch thnh l mu v tc ca M c
cung nghinh v hn knh sau Thnh L t n ti nh th chnh ta Thnh Tm.
Theo li c Hng Y DiNardo ni v M, M rt c ti thu ht m ng! Chng c g
nghi vn v nim xc tn trn vn ca M vo Thin Cha, cng nh tinh thn x k hy
sinh ca ngi dnh cho anh ch em ngho kh; chnh tinh thn ny gi hng cho
nhiu ngi chy n cu khn M: Thnh Trsa, Mu gng ca lng thng xt, xin cu
cho chng con!
M Thnh Trsa Thnh CalcuttaMother teresa of CalCuttaMother teresa
Making of a SaintFor some, 2 April 2005 brings back fond
memories. On this very date and subsequent days more than a decade
ago, the world mourns the passing of the first non-Italian (yet
Polish) Pope in 400 years of Church history. An estimated of more
than three million people waited in line to pay their last respect
to this once avid athlete, aspiring actor, philosophical teacher,
World Youth Day founder, and most travelled (aggiornamento)
pontiff. Still millions more followed the liturgical rituals of his
funeral on television. Many of us have never visited the quaint,
yet glorious eternal city of Rome, let alone attend the funeral of
the recent pope whose road to can-onization was not surprisingly
However, to stand in front of the full-scale replica of Saint
John Paul IIs original crypt as part of The Mak-ing of a Saint
exhibit, the Sisters cannot be but in awe. It was like being at St.
Peters. This particular exhibit, with its three-dimensional scenes
and multi-media presentations, highlights the process of becoming a
saint, from beatification to canonization, of the two most recent
canonizations of Saint Pope John XXIII and Saint Pope John Paul
While meditatively walking through The Making of a Saint
exhibit, the Sisters cannot help but recall the universal call to
holiness in chapter five of the Dogmatic Constitution on the
Church, Lumen Gentium. Through the sacrament of baptism, we (men,
women, children, ordained, religious or lay) are all called strived
to live a holy life, a life imbue with and sustained by sanctifying
grace. May the lives of the saints continue to inspire us all to
strive for a life of holiness, for this is Jesus exhor-tation, Be
holy as I am holy (1 Peter 1:16, cf. Lev 11:45).
Hy sng thnh v Ta l ng Thnh (1 Pt 1:16)
Ngy 2 thng 4 nm 2005, c th gii tang thng tic C c Gio Hong Gioan
Phaol II, mt trang s y n tng p, cn in m trong tm khm nhiu ngi, nht
l ngi cng gio. Chnh ngy ny c hn ba triu ngi hng hng lp lp kin nhn i
ch knh ving linh cu c Thnh Cha. Cn hng triu ngi khc theo di cc l
nghi tin a v an tng qua cc truyn hnh Ti Vi hoc mng li hon cu.
Sau 400 nm lch s Gio Hi, c Gioan Phaol II l v Gio Hong u tin
khng phi l ngi m l ngi Ba-Lan. Ngi tng l gio s trit hc, say m thi
th kch ngh, yu mn gii tr v i vi ngi gii tr l tng lai ca Gio Hi v X
Hi, chnh ngi thnh lp ngy i Hi Gii Tr Th Gii. Ngi theo gt v tin nhim
Gioan XXIII m tung cnh ca Gio Hi ra i gp g nhng ai khng c c hi n vi
ngi. Ngi l v Gio Hong cng du nhiu nht v hnh bng ngi hin din trn khp
Nm Chu. Cc S cng nh bao ngi khc vn khao kht c c hi tham quan Roma,
th ca Gio Hi, tham d Thnh L an tng hoc hin din trong nghi L phong
thnh ca Thnh c Gio Hong Phaol II, nhng iu vn mi l nhng gic m p kh
thnh s. Tuy khng th Roma chng kin nhng mc lch s nhng h va qua cc S
c xem truyn lm ng Quang Hin Thnh ca hai C Gio Hong Gioan Phaol II v
Khi xem nhng hnh nh trin lm ny, cc S lin tng ngay n tng th Hin
Ch nh Sng Mun Dn: Qua b tch ra ti, tt c chng ta (d nam hay n hoc tr
em, d l gio s, tu s, hay gio dn) c mi gi nn thnh. Chnh c Kit lp li
mnh lnh PHI NN THNH trong Cu c: Hy nn thnh, v Ta l ng Thnh (Lv.
11:45). c chi i sng c hnh, thnh thin, x k qun mnh v Cha v Gio Hi ca
hai C Gio Hong lun khch l, thc bch mi ngi chng ta sng thnh mi ngy
trong mi trng v a v ca mnh.
tridua of saint dominic de guzman
The feast of Saint Dominic was observed as a tridua three days
of celebration with greater solem-nity and pomps in this year of
the Orders 800th Jubilee. To honor the Dominican Founder, the
sisters throughout the province gather for prayer, study,
discussions, and pres-entations on the life and charism of Holy
Father Saint Dominic de Guzman.
On the actual date, Monday 8 August, another set of trio
liturgies took place. Emeritus Bishop Vincent Rizzotto celebrated
the early dawn Solemn Mass in honor of St. Do-minic. A group of
sisters then joined the Dominican Sisters of Houston on Almeda Road
for the 11:00 AM Eu-charistic Celebration (1). The sol-emn St.
Dominic feastday concluded with the evening Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with the Dominican Fathers of
St. Martin de Porres Province (2).
A bonus to this solemn feastday was the spontaneous invitation
to the friars priory. For many sisters, such was a VIP tour. In the
heart of the bustling downtown of Houston, behind the gothic stone
walls housed a beautiful monastic sanctuary (3). Every inch of the
chapel, from the intricate carved choir stalls to stained glass
windows, reflects the 800 years of Dominican tradition: to
contemplate and preach veritas. 3. Ti nh nguyn ca cc Cha a Minh tu
vin Thnh Martin, Tnh Dng Min Nam
2. Thnh l b mc ti nh th Holy Rosary
1. Thnh l ti Tu Vin cc S a Minh (M) ng Almeda
A DominicAn Summer reunion
H xum hp
It is no secret that the Dominican spirituality is supported by
four pillars: prayer, common life, study, and preaching.
A DominicAn Summer reunion
H xum hp
Teachers in general look forward to the summer break for ongoing
professional development opportunities and to rejuvenate their
bodies and spirits. It is no secret that the Dominican spirituality
is supported by four pillars: prayer, common life, study, and
preaching. Therefore, when summer descends, the sisters throughout
the province regather at the provincial house to praise Almighty
God at the Liturgy of the Hours, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,
and in solitude before the Blessed Sacrament. Such opportunities
also enables the teach-ing sisters in distant dioceses common life
and recrea-tion. Once refueled with Gods love, mercy and fraternal
charity, the sisters are ready for intellectual recharge and
The summer intensive commenced with a week of conferences and
discussions on Mercy in the Common Life facilitated by Father
Joseph Ngh inh, a Domini-can priest currently ministering in
Thailand. Then Father Gabriel ODonnell, a Dominican Friar from the
St. Joseph Province, led a retreat for a group of sisters on Virtue
in the Life of the Religious. Another Dominican priest currently on
faculty at Ecole Biblique, Fr. Joseph Thong Le, gave a retreat,
Love in community through words and actions of a disciple in the
Gospel of John to another group of sisters.
Fully equipped with hearts aflame with Christs love, the staff
of truth in hand, and the Word of God, the sisters are once more
Sent to Preach the Gospels. How beautiful are the feet of the one
bringing good news (Isaiah 52:7).
Mi H v cc gio vin thng c nhng thng H di khng ch ngh ngi nhng cn
dnh thi gian cho tu nghip, bi dng tinh thn v th xc. C l nhiu ngi
bit c sng dng a Minh l gio dc, c lin kt trong bn ct tr: Cu nguyn, i
sng chung, hc hi v ging thuyt. Chnh v th c mi H sang cc S li tr v
tr s Tnh Dng cng nhau chc tng tn vinh Thin Cha cch c bit trong nhng
gi kinh nguyn, Thnh l Misa, v nhng gi tnh lng, lng k lng vi Cha
Gisu Thnh Th. y cng l dp cc s i thi hnh s v xa Tnh Dng c tr v xum
hp quy qun bn ch em kt cht tnh thn qua np sng chung v nhng ngy gii
tr Tnh Ch Tnh Em.
Sau khi c hm nng tnh Cha, tnh ch em, cc S dnh mt tun hc hi v lng
thng xt trong cng on do Cha Giuse inh Vn Ngh, OP trnh by; su ngy
thao luyn kin thc v tinh thn vi tun tnh tm o su v cc nhn c do Cha
Gabriel ODonnell, OP hng dn; v tun tnh hun vi ch Lng mn trong cng
on qua cch sng, hnh ng v c x ca ngi mn theo Tin Mng Gio-an do Cha
Giuse L Minh Thng, OP chia s.
Sut ma h c trang b y mi mt, nay cc S li vai snh vai, lng hip lng
khi hnh mt cuc ra i mi theo tinh thn nm Thnh Dng mng 800 nm c Sai i
Rao Ging Tin Mng. V ka p thay nhng bc chn loan Bo Tin Mng (Isaiah
Ti sao li c Nm Thnh? n Cha ch ban xung trong Nm Thnh sao? C l y
l mt trong nhng thc mc nhiu ngi c ln t hi. Vng, n thnh Cha tun dt
do nh ma dm thng By v khng cn phi c Nm Thnh mi ko n Cha xung. Du th
chng ta vn c th ri vo mt trong ba thi sau y i vi hng n Cha:
1. L: Vi thi l, nh ng trc mt cn ma xi x, ta ch ngi trong nh nhn
qua khung ca chc chn nc ma c ln n u cng khng khin ta chm ti.
2. Na Vi: mc du khng l n b chn trong nh khi thy cn ma mt ri tin
n, tuy nhin vi thi na vi ta sn sng bc ra khi nh nhng li qu cn thn
nn trang b y o ma hoc d, v nh th nc ma khng th ti mt ln da kh.
3. Nhit Thnh: y l thi khao kht c ha nhp trong ma, cho nhng ht ma
ti m thn mnh khin sau cn ma ngi ta phi i thay.
C l y cng l l do ti sao Gio Hi tng ban Nm Hng Phc thc bch con ci
mnh bit cng tc vi n Thnh c thanh ty, thnh ha, v bin i. Vi nm trc y,
do nhng gng m khng hong n gi linh mc, Gio Hi m Nm dnh ring cu cho
cc linh mc
(2009-2010). Ri sau l Nm i Phc dnh cho i Sng Thnh Hin
(2014-2015). Trong ln hp chung vi cc gim c n gi ca Tng Gio Phn
Galveston Houston chun b sng Nm Thnh Hin, mt linh mc tr ngh: Gio Hi
tng ban nhng nm c bit thc bch chng ta sng n gi cch xc tn v thnh
thin hn nn ta cn phi ra nhng ng hng c th hu thng tin ko chng ta li
theo vt ng mn l sau Nm n Phc u vn hon . Con tri nghim sau Nm Thnh
Linh Mc mnh vn y nh c, chng c g thay i!
Qua kinh nghim ny, con cng vi ch em trong Tnh Dng lm mt hy sinh
chung nho nh l nguyn thm li kinh cu trc Cha Gisu Thnh Th cu cho n
gi thnh hin mi ngy.
Nm nay Gio Hi hon v chng phc n hng Nm Thnh
ngoi thng Lng Cha Xt Thng v cch ring Dng a Minh li c mng Nm Thnh
800 nm hin din trn th gii. C hai Nm Thnh cng mt thi im l no li thi
gian tri qua v ch. Vi quyt tm ny, con t hoch nh cho mnh mi ngy lc
3:00 chiu cng vi ch em chu Thnh Th, ca tng, ngi khen Lng Cha Thng
Xt, lnh nhn n x cu cho ti nhn v cu ri cc linh hn. (Ngoi nhng nh th
c ch nh trong Nm Thnh ngoi thng, cc nh nguyn ca Dng a Minh cng l ni
lnh n ton x.)
Chng my chc Nm Thnh li tri qua, ai c th bit c bao nhiu linh hn
lnh hi n ton x hoc bao nhiu ti nhn tr li vi tnh Cha xt thng, nhng
con tin chc chn mt iu l chnh mnh tp c thi quen chy n lng Cha xt
thng mi ngy v tm hn con s bnh an, th thi khng hi hn khi nhng Nm
Thnh ny kt thc.
Nm Thnh, Nm Thnh
I was born and raised in a small town of Vietnam. I am the tenth
of 12 chil-dren. When I was around the age of five or six, my
parents sent me to live with my aunt who was a widow. Make no
mistake, my parents did not give me up for adoption; it was just
that there were a dozen of us while my aunt was barren, so I was
given the mission to keep her company. Needless to say, I
experienced extreme home sickness; I cried at every meal while
living with my aunt. Time either suspended or dragged its feet for
it seemed forever before the Lunar New Year came around. Only then
did my dad visited for the first time and to everyones surprise, I
secretly sneaked into his car and went home without bidding my aunt
As an adolescent, I was involved in many church activities. I
joined the church choir, participated in the Eucha-ristic youth
movement, and even volun-teered as a catechist. One day, a
catechist leader introduced me to the religious vocation. He said,
If you become a religious, you could pray more for your family.
That simple phrase captured my heart because I came from a large
family. Thus, my vocation simply began. The catechist mentor then
accompanied me on several trips to different religious
com-munities, but we never visited any of the Dominican
congregations. Since Do-minicans are more academically driven, it
never occurred to him to introduce the Order of Preachers to this
simple, yet devout catechist, who only had a ninth grade education.
I dropped out of school early because young women of my age need no
further education; a ninth grade
education was sufficient. Further aca-demic pursuits were
reserved for the rich. Hence I began to discern my vocation by
praying the only prayer method I knew, the Rosary. Whenever leisure
allowed, I prayed the beaded prayer; the Hail Mary was constantly
on my lips and in my heart for I had this great desire for the
salvation of souls.
At 18, I contacted the Lovers of the Cross in Sisters my
hometown and they were willing to accept me whenever I was ready.
Coincidently in that same year, my family received news that we
were eligible to migrate and reunite with my older brother in the
United States. I brought this concern to the sisters and they
advised me to seek my parents permission to remain in Vietnam and
join their community. Meanwhile, I also shared this matter with my
cousin and he said, Just take this as an opportunity to study
abroad. You can come back later and help the Church in Vietnam.
One day I mustered enough cour-age to ask my mom, May I stay in
Vietnam and join a religious commu-nity? She replied, If you ask
your dad, he would disown you! Just come with us to the United
States, and I will let you follow your vocation. My moms advice was
promising; therefore, I sadly left Vietnam and migrated to the
Eight months later, I entered the Vietnamese Dominican Sisters
in Houston Texas. When I received the Dominican habit, I took the
name Sr. Monica Vianney, OP. Monica was my initial motivation to
the religious life to pray for my family, and Vianney, after the
Cur of Ars, because of his greater desire to pray for the salvation
of the whole world. I believe this is truly my vocation. In the
religious life, I feel most at home and connected to God, others,
and myself. The longer I live in religious life the more I
experience great joy and fulfillment.
Sr. Monica Vianney Tuyt-Nhung L, OP has been a religious
professed sister since 1994.
Prayer is My Mission
Do you remember what Jesus said to Peter and his brother Andrew
when He met them? Did they not hear, Follow me, and I will make you
fishers of men (Mt 4:19)? Similarly was my case, but from one of
Jesus fisher/religious women. It was so surreal be-cause I fell for
the bait when one of His deckhands, a Dominican sister, caught me
About five summers ago, I had the rare opportunity to go on a
camping trip Back to the Promised Land with the Vietnamese
Eucha-ristic Youth Movement (VEYMs) in Orange County, CA, where I
also met the aforementioned sister. She was lugging this enormous
black sack, the bait, back to her room. Intuitively I looked over
and instantly the perceived weight of it bombarded my mind and in a
nanosecond triggered a quick altruistic response. I rushed over and
offered to help her while grab-bing onto the hefty bag. Hmm! It was
heavy alright. It was filled with several huge plastic flowers
which probably weighed a total of two pounds! As God reeled me in,
she shared her joy and obligations as a consecrated religious, and
suggested that I should give it a try. I am not married and I am
still sin-gle and available, so why not? She explained to me that
if it is not the vocation God is calling me to then I can still
leave and get married. She ended her sharing with, Just give God a
Duc in Altum
So the following year, I went to the sisters Come and See and
spent a week with them. Honestly, it was the best free one-week
vacation ever!! I was in awe with the presence of the sisters; I
was touched by the joy and love for God that radi-ated from them.
It particularly showed through their concern for each other and for
each one of us. Finally, as I prepared for the celebration of the
sacrament of Reconciliation during the day of the silent retreat I
came face to face with my state of sinful-ness. I was like one of
the many fish that swam in the sea con-taminated with crude oil:
suffo-cated and hopeless. Before con-fession, each person received
a letter from God. God wrote a lot of beautiful things, but there
was one line that pierced right to my heart: There is no sin that
is bigger than my love for you... THAT WAS IT!!
Torrents of tears cascaded down my cheeks, the chains upon my
heart broke loose and it seemed as though God could no longer hold
back time and immediately flooded my heart with His unconditional
love. My heart now sings amaz-ing grace and I am more than certain
of Gods personal love for me! I was wrong for think-ing He was
always out to get me. Inste`ad, God rescued me and He loves me.
From then, I experienced a deep sense of peace and joy that I have
never experienced before. I fell for the bait and now I am more
alive than ever because He is the Living Water. I am now the fish
that swims in His ocean of love.
Sr. Marie Frassatti Tracy Phi Nguyn, OP has been a professed
religious since 2016.
Footprints in the SnowIt was because of an unquenchable thirst
in my soul! It was because of the God-shaped hole in my heart! It
was because of a promise I made at the age of four! It was because
of the footprints in the snow! There are many reasons for my
becoming a religious sister, but I believe that my vo-cation is
mainly because the Divine Lover called, drew and chose ME!
My vocation came gradually through a series of calls from God.
As a kid, I spent many childhood years happily visiting and
learning at a convent near my house in Bin Ha, Vietnam. So it was
not surprising that God made his first call through my favorite
religious sister. Her direct question, Do you want to become a nun?
received my instinctive response Yes! I did not know that my yes at
the time will put me on the Divine Lovers special calling list. All
I knew was that I was very happy whenever I visited the
The nightly prayer my family said together had also kept the
ears of my heart attentive to God especially during my Junior High
and High School years in the U.S. Those years were marked with Gods
patient calls. Sometimes His voice came via Sister Winifreds
invitation to visit her convent in rural Philadelphia. At other
times His invitation came as a funny comment from an old lady at
church and often as jests from my family and best friend. However,
my college years became quite a struggle as I compromised my faith,
skipped Mass quite frequently, and grew lukewarm in my faith. This
brought about an unquenchable and aching interior emptiness. To me,
God became a stranger. But the Divine Lover was definitely very
clever to have left a God-shaped hole in my heart. I kept on
yearning for Him yet Idid not know how to fill this hole.
Never-theless, He was waiting for the right time to catch my
I remembered waking up one snowy Sunday morning, during my
junior year in college, with a burning desire to come to the Lord,
to go to Mass. The walk to St. Bridgets from school was with much
dif-ficulty because of the thick blankets of
snow. I prayed out of hopelessness. God answered instantly by
sending two angels in disguise, who gave me a ride to church. As I
attended Mass that morning, I felt alive again. It had been a long
time since I felt that deep joy and fervent love for Christ. Having
been energized by the Eu-charistic Lord, I decided to take a
shortcut up the snowy hill back to school on foot. Yet the slippery
snow made my trek most difficult. I almost gave up but those big
footprints on the snow gave me encour-agement and hope. Someone had
made it up the hill before me! Now I only have to follow suit by
walking on His foot-prints. As I stepped on them the thought of our
Lord treading the earthly path up to Calvary came to my mind most
vividly. It was enlightening! Yes, like the footprints on the snow,
Christ has left a series of footprints for me to follow to reach my
ultimate destination, Heaven, home sweet home!
Shortly after graduation, I responded to an invite from my best
friend to go for a week of Come and See at Mary Im-maculate
Province, home of the Vietnam-ese Dominican Sisters. With my
parents blessings and familys support, I joined the Dominican
Sisters a month afterward. I could say that my hearts longing was
fulfilled as I walked on Christs footprints daily for the past nine
years in the con-vent. Now as I wait for the day of my final
profession, my wedding and my espousal to Christ, I often sing
joyfully like the bride in the Song of Songs, I found him whom my
soul loves. I held him and would not let him go (3:4).
Sr. Theresa Joseph Loan-Anh Nguyn, OP has been a professed
religious since 2012.
Duc in Altum
Hun Luyn Gio L Vin
Before the academic year begins, Catechetical Days are offered
around the archdiocese of Galve-stonHouston to form and equip
catechists with the tools as they return to the classrooms, echo
the Good News, and give witness to the Person of Jesus Christ.
Hosting one of this years days of catechetical formation was
Viet-namese Martyrs Catholic Parish. Among the list of speakers
were three of our very own: Sr. Theresa Hang Pham, Sr. Lucy Luong
Nguyen, and Sr. Bernadette Huong Nguyen who presented workshops on
the Living the Year of Mercy and Amoris Laetita and Lesson Plans
for Elementary. The attendance of many young adult catechists is a
promising sign of fervor and dedication to the faith formation of
Hng nm Tng Gio Phn GalvestonHouston thng t chc nhng kha hc hi,
bi dng tu nghip v trang b cho cc Gio l vin thm kin thc v ti liu, hy
vng gip h chun b bc vo nin hc mi vi y nhit huyt cng b Tin Mng v lm
chng cho c Gisu Kit.
Ring nm nay, kha bi dng Gio l c t chc ti Gio X Cc Thnh T o Vit
Nam v trong s nhng thuyt trnh vin c s hin din ca ba n tu a
Sr. Theresa Phm Th Hng, OP Sr. Lucy Nguyn th Lng, OPSr.
Bernadette Nguyn Hong Hoi Hng, OP.
Cc s trnh by ch : Sng lng thng xt trong gia nh theo tng hun Nim
Vui Yu Thng v cch thc son gio n cho lp tiu hc. S hin din ng o ca cc
gio l vin tr thp ln nhng tia sng hy vng cho nn gio dc nim tin hm
nay v mai sau.
Going on a pilgrimage is much more than simply touring places,
taking pictures, and learning new things. Rather, I would equate
pilgrimage with a journey of faith; and that is exactly what the
Junior Sisters underwent for a weekend during their summer break.
This so called pilgrimage of faith further enabled us to walk and
be inspired by the missionaries spirit in the heart of Texas.
Spending a few days in San Antonio, we visited a number of
religious and cultural sites, including several of the Missions,
the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, and the
Shrine of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. It was an absolutely
invaluable experience! We not only had the chance to strength one
another in fraternal charity, but we also had the opportunity to
spiritually bond with those who went before us: men and women who
founded the Church in Texas and Saints greatly revered by the San
Antoni-ans. By encountering them in our historical expedition, we
were enriched with the stories of their lives, which were filled
with love, dedication, and sacrifices.
San Antonio Pilgrimage Reflection
In awe at how they led their lives in service of God and love
for Him, our hearts were rekindled to live our consecrated lives
even more fully. On this journey of faith, we were undoubtedly
inspired to pursue the highest form of holiness. On this
pilgrim-age, we saw with our own eyes how Gods presence and glory
is manifested in the lives of those who are faithful to Him. By
following the example of Christ and willing to sac-rifice all one
has in order to make God ones all in all, we essentially live out
our purpose in life.
This little excursion opened both our eyes and our hearts to see
that we have nothing to lose. In making Christ our center and
allowing Him to transform our lives, we become a living testimony
for Him. In so doing, Christ is glorified and we become all we are
called to be. Indeed, we were blessed to experience to a small
degree what St. Paul meant when he said, It is no longer I who
live, but Christ lives in me. (Gal 2:20)
12| 12|Coming to the Promised Land National Convention VI in
Carlinville, IL. 70 plus priests and religious as chaplains along
hundreds of youth leaders of the Eucharistic Youth Movement came
together every six years for training and seminar.
First Non-Vietnamese Come and See participants.
AYC Archdiocesan (of Gal-Hou) Youth Conference.
Meetings with young adults and youths in Louisville,
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (Houston) Servant Leader
Re-treat in Waller, Texas.
Sowing the Seeds of Vocations
Surrounding Holy Father Dominic.
Quy qun bn Cha du yu.
Sr. Martina Vu com-pleted her Masters in Music at Silverlake
College in Manitowac, WI.
Sr. Vi Vn tt nghip vn bng thc s m nhc t trng i hc Silverlake
Sr. Catherine Teresa Bui graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in
Theology and Sr. Berna-dette Nguyen finished her Mas-ters program
in Catholic School Administration; both from the University of
Saint Thomas in Houston.
Sr. Duyn Anh ra trng c nhn Thn Hc v Sr. Hoi Hng hon tt chng trnh
thc s Qun tr hc ng Cng Gio. C hai S l sinh vin i hc Thnh Tma ti
No greater JOY. Nim vui no snh bng?
Receiving priestly blessings from the new ordained, Fr. Dominic,
CSsR. Tn linh mc Ho, DCCT, ban php lnh.
Admiring the dragon-fruit blooms. Hoa thng long!
ra i lm
vn vui ...
Meetings with young adults and youths in Louisville,
Sowing the Seeds of Vocations
Sr. Mary Louis Linh Theresa Nguyn,
OPSr. Marie Frassati
Tracy Phi Nguyn, OP
Sr. Mary Vincent Ferrer
Thy - Lan Phm, OP
B Maria Phan Th Nhi B Anna Trn Th Ton
B Anna Cng Tng Tn N Th Ha ng Trn Bng
B Nguyn Th Tng Vy B Nguyn Th Khim
Anh V c Tn B Maria Trn Th Nhung
B C Maria L Th u ng Giuse Nguyn Vn Vinh B Maria Phm Th Phng
B Hong Th Xun B Anna Nguyn Th Tn
B V Th Cu Anh Phr Nguyn Ph Richard
ng Phr Trn Vn Hng
ch em trong tnh Dng v thnh vin trong hi Bo tr n gi
thnh knh phn u v hip thng cu nguyn chocc thnh vin An ngh trong
Novice Siena Marie Kim-
Novice Catherine Frassa
ti Ivy Trn
Visiting the cloister Dominicans in Lufkin, TX: Monastery of the
Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate ProvinceN Tu a Minh - Tnh
Dng c Maria V Nhim5250 Gasmer Drive || Houston, TX 77035-5716
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