They crossed an ocean to become Carmelites here


Long Way From Home
"We found a Carmelite family"

Can you imagine having to learn a new language in a land far away from your family and homeland? Two Carmelite sisters from Vietnam crossed the Pacific Ocean to come to Lafayette, Louisiana to become fully professed in the community of the Monastery of the Mother of Grace.

Sr. Marie Camille of Jesus (Hoang Thi Thuong) and Sr. Marie Joseph of the Eucharist (Pham Thi Lan) made their professions of their Solemn Vows in the presence of their former prioress from Hue, Vietnam, Mother Marie Ange, on July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Sacrifice Made with Love and Surrender**

During the ceremony, the sisters thanked the members of their community in Vietnam for the training they received, and their families for supporting the decision to come to the United States. “It was truly a sacrifice made with much love and surrender to God,” they said.

“We also thank Mother Regina and all the Sisters here for receiving us so lovingly and for helping us as we endeavored to incorporate ourselves into a new Community and culture. We left behind a Community which we cherished, but we have found here in Lafayette, a Carmelite family which has become as dear to us as the Carmel in Hue.”

Read the complete story at the website of the Lafayette Carmelites.


Have prayed for the good sisters. :signofcross:


Very cool. Thanks for sharing!


Wonderful news!

It calls to mind that eight Carmelite nuns from Vietnam arrived in Mobile, Alabama earlier this year to re-open a monastery which had been forced to close due the age and infirmities of the last four sisters.

The eight nuns were greeted at the airport by a band and hundreds of supporters, waving banners. :slight_smile:

Here is a bit more information on the new nuns

And a newspaper article about the nuns who retired

Mobile seems like a Catholic-friendly place. And the American South seems to be benefiting from Vietnamese vocations. :slight_smile:


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