Joachim Pham has been a National Catholic Reporter correspondent since December 2013 and regularly contributes to Global Sisters Report. He is based in Vietnam.
Fr. Thomas Vu Quang Trung, who was executive secretary of the Vietnamese bishops' Committee on Consecrated Life for nine years, talks with GSR about sisters' ministries and challenges in the local church.
Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima started their ministries in Gia Lai Province in 2005. Now, 26 nuns from five communities provide pastoral, educational and health care services for ethnic villagers.
The Lovers of the Holy Cross of Hue began their food ministry after they visited patients and found the relatives looking half-starved, thin and tired because of missed meals.
Summer affords precious time for ethnic students in Vietnam's Central Highlands to prepare for the coming academic year with the help of several communities of women religious. The students take courses in such subjects as math, English, Vietnamese and music.