Sharing at Domincan Sister International Meeting


Sharing at Domincan Sister International Meeting

Sr. Xuan Tho (Sussan)
Sharing at Domincan Sister International Meeting 
Manila - February 24-29/2023 

1. Origin of Congregation 

 + We are Dominican Sisters of Go Vap. Our congregation was originally named the Blessed Women of Dominican Friars, established in Lang Son Diocese in 1918. The Sisters actively cooperated with the Friars of the Order of Preachers. Moreover, the sisters, who lived among and served ethnic minorities, did not mind living a life of poverty, accepting low living conditions, and facing many difficulties and dangers. Through that way of life, the Sisters supported the missionaries in the works for human development and the building up of the Church. 

+ In 1954, the Sisters moved to South Vietnam and located a Community in Go Vap, Ho Chi Minh City. Since then, the Sisters have followed closely the spirit of Saint Dominic, and imitated the good models of the sisters who worked hard, accepted difficult life, and were always ready to sacrifice for preaching the Gospel. 

2. Title 

+ On December 8th, 1978, the Congregation was officially established with (the) title: CONGREGATION OF DOMINICAN SISTERS OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY LANG SON which was under the legal authority of the Archbishop of Sai Gon (Can. 589). The Congregation's Community life was governed in accordance with Canon Law and the Constitution (Can. 595). 

+ In June 2018, the ninth General Chapter of the Congregation changed the name of the Congregation to DOMINICAN SISTERS OF GO VAP. The reason is that the Congregation was officially established and legally approved in Go Vap District – Sai Gon Archdiocese. However, the Congregation still maintains the legal value, purpose, and mission which are indicated in the Rule of the Congregation which was formulated in 1978. 

3. Charism

+ Following closely the spirit of Saint Dominic and imitating the Sisters and Brothers who have gone before us, Dominican Sisters of Go Vap, with the grace, guidance, and support of the Holy Spirit, resolve to walk on the same path of “proclaiming the Good News to the poor”, willingly accepting the difficulties and challenges of contemporary times, “as long as Christ is proclaimed” and His Church is spread.

4. Personel 

Currently we have: 

+ 281 sisters with perpetual Vows – 40 of them do not work due to advanced age or health issues and 15 sisters need special assistance. 

+ 57 sisters in temporary vows, including 30 sisters who are full-time students and studying theology and 27 are ministering in different communities of the Congregation. 

+ 7 Novices 

+ 36 aspirants: Most of them are university students- there are 8 women who are going to graduate and prepare for the next step of entering the Novitiate. 

+ 25 communities: the smallest one has 3 sisters and the largest community has 21 sisters (regarding the mother house, there are different stages and members, including formators, retired sisters, and a leadership group) 

5. Current Missions 

+ We mostly work in the educational field (faith education in the parishes on weekends and education for children of preschool ages – these are the main sources of our income. Moreover, in the educational field, we have reached out to many people who are in different types of poverty: material, spiritual, faith and knowledge about God. 

+ We have different social service ministries:

• 1 Orphanage center: there are many stories that really touch our hearts. The most recent story is that a little child abandoned at the gate of this center and the mother called us to report the news. (video) 

• 1 home for persons with disabilities: there are at least 50 children who present with a variety of physical, intellectual and motor disabilities. Most of them are welcomed to stay in this safe community all day long and receive loving mental and physical care. 

• 1 Adult home: in the distant area of Lang Son, where our sisters often reach out to single moms or the elderly who live alone without family members. 

• 1 hospitality house for ethnic minorities: we have 30 children. Most of them come from families living in poverty. 

• 1 free school for poor children in Knai Duc Trong area. - evangelizing mission 

• 4 communities dedicated to evangelization (Gia Pa, K' Nai, Dang Sron, Bo Tu). These communities have no income, all expenses depend on the support of the congregation and benefactors.

6. Concern 

+ We are investing in human resources and personnel for formation, educational institutions, and social work. 

+ Today social requirements are higher and degrees for working must be adapted equivalently. Therefore, we have to improve the bachelor's degrees of the sisters so that they can meet the requirements of jobs and missions. 

+  The number of vocations is decreasing but the number of elderly and sick sisters is increasing 

+  We are improving the quality of training for the youth and health care for the elderly and the sick.

Sr. Xuan Tho (Sussan) 



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