VOCATIONS are thriving at Brisbane’s Sisters of St Paul de Chartres convent with six young sisters making their first professions at St Stephen’s Cathedral on February 2.
Sr Marie Claude Vo, 27, Sr Rosario Tran, 32, Sr Marie Josephine Phan, 28, Sr Anna Pham, 27, Sr Marion Tran, 30, and Sr Theresa Maria Dao, 24, all originally from Vietnam, publically professed their desire to serve as missionary sisters in a bilingual liturgy with 200 guests last week.
All six sisters expressed a deep joy ahead of celebrating their “wedding day” to Jesus Christ and felt privileged to become a Sister of St Paul de Chartres, an international congregation founded in France 300 years ago.
“I have so many feelings, but now, I feel very happy because this is my wedding with Jesus Christ, and I can belong to Him totally, with all my heart and my mind,” Sr Anna Pham said.
Sr Marie Claude, Sr Marie Josephine Phan and Sr Anna Pham all knew their vocations when they first met the sisters in school.
“I longed to become a sister in primary school, so I asked my mum, ‘Mum, give me a chance to go to a boarding house with the sisters so I can become a sister’,” Sr Anna said.
She entered the convent after school and, after requesting to be a missionary, was sent to Australia.
The sisters’ gentle presence attracted Sr Marie Claude Vo.
“I knew the sisters when I studied in high school in Vietnam,” she said.
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