Vietnamese Sisters Welcomed to Their New Home at Villa Assumpta
Four Sisters from the Daughters of our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Vietnam have come to live with the Sisters at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore. They will be here for two years, studying English as a Second Language at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Sister Yen Le, LHC, who has been living with our Sisters at Villa Assumpta the last few years while studying at Loyola University Maryland, will assist in orienting Sisters Thi Tran Nga, Bui Thi Len, Nguyen Thi Theu and Le Thi Hoa.
The Provincial Council warmly welcomed the Sisters to their new home on March 20. There was a great deal of laughter as Sisters on both sides practiced pronouncing each other’s names and discussing the meaning of them in their native languages. The Sisters then joined the Council for the daily Mass.
Please offer a welcome of your own if you see these Sisters in the hallways. Sisters who are able to assist with tutoring in grammar, writing, reading and speaking for our visitors are asked to please contact Sister Eileen Eppig.
Villa Assumpta Jubilarians Find Ways to Celebrate
June 6, 2020 was a day of joyful celebration for our eight Jubilarians at Maria Health Care Center, Rosary Community and Villa Assumpta in Baltimore. Sisters Margaret Bauer (80 years); M. Trinitas Bochini, Margaret Mary Glick, Elizabeth Orr and Elizabeth Sokel (70 years); Elizabeth Marie Kelly, Iris Marie McGann (60 years); and M. Yvette Trentler (50 years) were honored at Mass and enjoyed a festive meal afterwards. The celebration was small and heartfelt, with Sisters who reside at VA in the chapel and those in Rosary and MHCC viewing on the closed-circuit television feed from the chapel. No local SSND, family or friends could attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Comments from a few Jubilarians:
Jubilee 2020 was a SPIRITUAL BEAUTY. All Jubilarians were able to take part in the liturgy. It was wonderful to be present with the sisters and in chapel for the Eucharistic celebration. What a joy to listen to our Vietnamese sisters. It was a super day, and thanks to all who made it happen. – Sister Margaret Mary Glick (Gold and Ruby – 70 yr. Jubilarian)
Despite this unique year, my experience of this celebration was exquisite. My heart sings a melody of gratefulness for all who participated. – Sister Iris Marie McGann (Diamond – 60 yr. Jubilarian)
In his homily, our celebrant, Father Paul Zaborowski, OFM, Cap., noted ministries and/or blessings of each Jubilarian individually. When it was my turn, I was thrilled that he said I served in a number of ministries and “loved each and put her whole heart and soul into each.” – Sister M. Yvette Trentler (Golden – 50 yr. Jubilarian)
Vietnamese Sisters Living In Our Community Renew Their Vows
Four Vietnamese Daughter of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Sisters who are living in community with our Sisters at Villa Notre Dame in Baltimore while they attend Notre Dame of Maryland University renewed their vows in a special ceremony on August 29. Sister Charmaine Krohe, Provincial Leader of the Atlantic-Midwest Province, accepted the vow renewals of these beloved young Sisters on behalf of their Superior General, Sister Mary Ignatius Nga Thi Nguyen.
The Sisters prepared the liturgy, read the readings in English, sang the responsorial psalm in Vietnamese, and prepared the flower arrangements for the altar. Sister Hoa also delivered the following thank-you message on behalf of the four Sisters at the ceremony.
Dear Father Peter Bao, Father Ed, Sister Charmaine and Sisters,
First of all, I give thanks to Almighty God and the Blessed Virgin Mary for choosing me as a Daughter of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary to serve Him and the Church. It has been 11 years since I entered the Convent in Bui Chu, Vietnam, and thankfully I am renewing my temporary vows for another three years.
I also take this opportunity to thank my Superior General, Sister Mary Ignatius Nga Thi Nguyen, and all the Sisters of the Holy Rosary for their great, constant, and never-ending love and support that they have given me through the years.
I thank Father Ed, who is celebrating Mass with us, and Father Peter Bao Quoc Nguyen, who celebrated this mass of Thanksgiving of my vow renewal today. Father Peter also helped me to come to the United States of America to further my education, something for which I am extremely grateful.
Additionally, I thank Sister Charmaine, the Provincial of the AM Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Thank you so much for representing my Superior General Sister Mary Ignatius Nga Thi Nguyen by accepting the renewal of my vows today.
I also thank Sister Marianne, the Local leader of Villa Assumpta, and all the other Sisters living in Villa Assumpta, who have welcomed me and Sisters Nga, Theu and Len with open arms during our studies here in the United States. Your hospitality, guidance, and teaching for us are much appreciated.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all the Sisters of the AM Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for their love and great example of dedication to serve God and His church. Every day I learn lessons from you that inspire me to be a better Sister. Since the four of us are away from our Vietnam motherhouse, we feel that this community is our second family, so I ask for your continuing prayers, help, understanding and love during the rest of our stay in this wonderful community. Please be assured of my prayers and love for all of you always.
Thank you so very much!
Nguồn: School Sisters of Notre Dame