The Dominican Sisters of Peace welcomed Maria Tram Bui, 41, as a candidate on December 7, 2020, the vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Born in 1979 in Binh Gia, Vietnam, Tram and her family, including her eight siblings, immigrated to America in 1999. The family moved to Houston, TX, in 2005.
Tram earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX. She served as a full-time physical therapist in North Houston.
Tram was introduced to the Dominican Sisters of Peace by our Kentucky Sisters, where she also heard the call of God to become a healer through her career in physical therapy. After she returned to Texas to continue her education, Sr. Mary Vuong, a Texas Dominican Sister of Peace who ministers as a physical therapist, invited Tram to look again at her calling to religious life.
Tram was welcomed to the Congregation in a virtual ceremony held at the House of Welcome. Prioress Patricia Twohill and Vocations Director June Fitzgerald joined by Zoom call. Sr. June delivered the preaching during her welcome ceremony. Vocations Minister Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP, attended via Zoom from Wichita, KS, offering a prayer for Tram’s family in their native Vietnamese.
Tram will live at the Dominican Sisters of Peace House of Welcome in Columbus, OH, and will serve as a physical therapist as she discerns her call to religious life.