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.
In spite of not seeing Dominican Missionary Sisters who died during the pandemic, our hearts have been with them constantly in common daily prayer, reciting rosaries and attending online funeral Masses.
In Vietnam, many are showing charity to those facing difficulties due to the pandemic. Small groups in parishes and large communities like dioceses, religious orders and charity organizations are working to serve those in need.
Understanding the implications of our era, some parishes in Vietnam — especially parish priests, chaplains, sisters and catechists — are really very concerned and interested in educating Vietnamese children of the parish in the faith and Scripture.
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.