Six of our Sisters journeyed to Texas for a vocations trip on August 29-September 1st. They visited the Vietnamese parishes in the Fort Worth- Arlington area, which included Our Lady of Fatima Parish and Christ the King Parish in Fort Worth, along with the Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Arlington, to speak about vocations in our community. It was also an opportunity to introduce our young community to those we meet and encourage vocations to the religious life.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience for us to witness to the joy of religious life to those we met, and hopefully, through God's grace, He will inspire them to respond to His loving call!
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On Thursday, August 7th to Sunday, August 10th, some of our Sisters traveled to Carthage, Missouri to attend the 37th annual gathering of Marian Days on the grounds of the Congregation of the Mother Coredemptrix. Although we have attended this event many times in the past, this was our first time opening a vocation booth at Marian Days, in hopes of casting out into the deep and drawing in zealous souls eager to serve our Lord.
On Saturday, November 16th, Bishop Emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz celebrated Mass to commemorate the one year anniversary of death of our Sister Mary Immaculata. We were blessed to have 4 priests concelebrate with the Bishop, and Deacon Tom Deall, from the Archdiocese of Omaha, to assist in the Mass.
During the Mass, Father Hilary Khanh, CMC, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lincoln, shared his personal memories of Sister Immaculata during her final days. He spoke about the day when Sister was told that she had only three days to live after having been diagnosed with cancer in the last stages. She was very happy and peaceful, willing to accept everything that will happen to her, and more than ready to meet her Creator. In His merciful love, God granted her 5 more months to live among her Sisters and share her last moments with them. He also witnessed the emotional moment when the whole community gathered around her to apologize for any wrongdoings she may have done, and vice versa, which showed the strong sisterly bond they had for each other. Father was able to sum up Sister's life in three words: holy, humble, and simple. Her whole heart beat for her Spouse alone, and she lived her life of 66 years, 48 in the religious life, dedicated to Him. May we too strive to live a holy, humble and simple life as she did!!
After the Mass, lunch was provided by the Sister, benefactors, and Chick-fil-A. We were glad to have so many people come to pray with us for our beloved Sister. We pray that God, Mother Mary and St. Joseph bless them abundantly for their prayers, and if Sister Immaculata is now in the presence of God, she will surely be interceding for us all!
Many thanks to all who were able to come and pray for our beloved Sister Immaculata!!
Today, on November 13th, we remember our beloved deceased Sister Mary Immaculata Ly Tran on her first anniversary of death. She passed away peacefully last year in the morning at the CMRM Motherhouse. She is the first of the Sisters to come from Vietnam, and the first in our community, to have passed into God's loving arms. Please keep her in your prayers! We miss her very much, but we are sure that she is interceding for us all!
The Sisters of Mary Queen of Mercy are now on Facebook!! This is a great opportunity for us to be connected to everyone we know on a closer level. We will post news and updates of the happenings in the community, so please let any family members and friends know of our presence!
The link to our page is www.facebook.com/queenmercysisters. We hope to see you there!! :)
From October 18th-21st, Sisters Rosaria, Theresa, and Cecilia Joseph journeyed to Cincinnati, Ohio to participate in the World Youth Day celebration hosted by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and to plant the seeds for potential vocations! It was our first time staying in the state of Ohio, and we are grateful for all those who have made our stay there enjoyable.
We were also able to meet up with two of our Sisters from our Mother Community in Vietnam: Sister Doan and Sister Kha, who were also there through invitation to participate in the World Mission Sunday celebration, and explain their mission work in Vietnam with the native K'Ho people to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
The World Mission Sunday celebration in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was a wonderful experience. Seeing the many different Asian communities there gave us a clear sense of how universal our truly Church is. And we were all there to celebrate and radiate the joy and love that is in Christ!!
During our time there, we met many young and enthusiastic people who were ready to lend a helping hand and make us feel welcome to the city. We wish to thank Father Chau Pham, SVD, pastor of Our Lady of La Vang Church and to all those we have met (you know who you are!! :) ). You will be always in our prayers, and may God, Mother Mary and St. Joseph bless you abundantly!
All in all, it was a truly successful trip to Ohio. If it is God's will, we hope to come visit again someday, and maybe next time, it will be in reverse, and they'll come visit us!! :)
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As of Sunday, October 13th, the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Mercy is now officially a member of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR)!! This council was canonically erected in 1992 for women religious in the United States, committed to the ongoing revitalization of religious life, remaining faithful to the Magisterium, and nurturing the Church's life and holiness.
Sister Rosaria and Sister Marta were happy to represent our community as official members at the council that weekend. We thank God for this blessed opportunity to grow in our faith and consecrated life!
For more information on the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, visit their website at: cmswr.org.