Mary Nguyen Thi Phuong Lan (Nguyen) is a Dominican Missionary Sister of Phu Cuong in Vietnam. After studying at universities in Vietnam and at De La Salle University in Manila, the Philippines, she worked in formation programs in Vietnam. Now, she is in charge of caring for 32 orphans at Binh Trieu Development Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She was a contributor to the first round of the GSR series The Life.
Friends for Street Children serves children in Vietnam who are homeless or in need. The program welcomes volunteers, and two volunteers from outside Vietnam deserve special recognition.
Every year in the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, the archdiocese's Caritas Department holds a Christmas Day festival for children who are in the care of sisters from various congregations.
The Catholic Church has spent the whole month of November asking everyone to pray for the souls of the deceased. This atmosphere of prayer is very visible and vivid in our parish cemetery.
Maria Thao, a Vietnamese laywoman with a paralyzed foot, believes she will be judged by how she serves others. She ministers intensely to those in need, and supports herself by selling her famous dried beef.