to kill an embryo
rite controversial, but ‘a jewel’
Parents’ acts inspired Sr Huyen
For as long
as she can remember, Huyen Nguyen was impressed by her parents’ commitment to
helping the poor and sick, and she wanted to give her life to God by reaching
out to those in need.
Huyen, the youngest of five children, migrated to Brisbane from Vietnam with her parents, Phuong and Minh Nguyen, in 1993.
She worked hard for six years to help her parents settle in, then made contact with the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Melbourne. She began her formation in February in 2000 in Sydney.
She made her first profession of vows as a Daughter of
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart before Bishop David Cremin, auxiliary Bishop of Sydney,
and eight priests, many of them Vietnamese.
An important part of Sr Huyen’s journey to religious life was living, praying and working with the Marist Brothers Young Adult Community, with Marist Brothers and other young adults, in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy during 1999.
She now lives at the Hartzer Park Retreat Centre at Burradoo, near Bowral, in the southern highlands.
Fr Jules Chevalier founded the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in 1874.
The first Sisters arrived in Australia in 1885.
Their ministry has an emphasis on care for the poor and the marginalised.