Sister Teresa Huong Thi Nguyen professed final vows as a Sister of Providence in a liturgy on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church, Tukwila, Wash.
Due to pandemic health and safety requirements, Sister Huong’s ceremony was limited in size and attendees were masked and socially distant. The customary reception was postponed.
Though Sister Huong’s family was unable to travel from Vietnam for the ceremony, they were able to watch via livestream video. Sisters of Providence in lockdown and long-distance were able to enjoy the event online and be present in spirit, as well.
Provincial Leader Barbara Schamber, SP, and Councilors Jacqueline Fernandes, Margarita Hernandez and Karen Hawkins attended with more than 25 other sisters. Congregational Leader Karin Dufault, SP, traveled from Montreal and spent 14 days in quarantine so she could take part in the event.
Sister Huong’s many talents were apparent at the ceremony. The altar was decorated with a handmade quilt and flowers arranged by the creative sister, who also sewed her dress for the occasion. The ceremony culminated with a song written and sung in Vietnamese by Sister Huong for her parents. The lyrics describe her gratitude for their love and support, and reassuring words about her call to become a bride of Christ: “Jesus is my married man… Mom, Dad, please do not worry for me because with Jesus I am at peace, I am His beloved, and I will try to live this love for the rest of my life.”