Beginning of the first nuns’ community in Vietnam
In the city of Vung Tau, in Vietnam, near the diocesan shrine dedicated to the Mother of God, a group of six consecrated women, who followed the Rule and spirituality of Carmel came together. They asked to become members of the Carmelite Order as nuns and went, in 2013, to the monastery of Burgos, in the Philippines, to receive formation. On May 1, in Vung Tau, four of them, Sr. M. Andrew, Sr Rose Mary, Sr. M. Therese, Sr. M. Angel made their solemn profession in the hands of Sr. M. Elena Tolentino, Prioress of Burgos, while two others are completing their formation in the Philippines. Together with the four Vietnamese, Sr. Leonora, a Filipina, joined in initiating this new foundation. The solemn profession took place in a great festive atmosphere. The celebration was led by the Bishop of Vung Tau, accompanied by the General Delegate, Fr. Mario Alfarano, by the Provincial of New York, Fr. Mario Esposito, the Provincial Commissary of Vietnam, Fr. Hung Tran, and numerous Carmelite, diocesan and religious priests. The Carmelite students led the singing in the liturgy. The participants included nuns from Burgos, numerous local religious and many faithful.