St Joseph’s parish in Belmore held a big celebration for the final profession of Sr Maria Thi Thanh Tuyen Nguyen of the Congregation of the Lovers of the Holy Cross Qui Nhon (Vietnam) - a religious congregation central this thriving, multicultural Catholic community.
The congregation’s origins go back to the evangelisation of Vietnam in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and to the communities of women formalised by Bishop Pierre Lambert de la Motte, who was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Southern Vietnam in 1659. The groundwork for Bishop Lambert’s missionary efforts were laid by the Jesuit Father Alexandre de Rhodes and earlier missionary work of Dominicans and Franciscans.
The jubilant liturgucal celebration featured two choirs – one Vietnamese and one Tongan, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall with a number of cultural performances from the various communities in Belmore. There was a large number of Religious Congregations represented in this jubilant gathering, which included CRA Director Sister Rosemary Grundy pbvm and young Sisters and priests from Vietnam.
(Photo by Giovanni Portelli)