Sister Anna Ho transfers vows to Sisters of Providence
Sister Anna Ho, a native of Vietnam, has transferred her vows as a woman religious to the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
Sister Anna was born in Ban Me Thuot, Vietnam. She currently lives in Maternity BVM Convent at Chicago.
She graduated from Providence College in Taichung, Taiwan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in youth and child welfare and Chinese literature. Providence University was founded by the Sisters of Providence.
During her transition, Sister Anna ministered as a teacher’s aide at Woods Day Care/Pre-School at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and studied at the DePaul University Language Institute in Chicago. She now is tutoring part time at Educational Family Services in Chicago. She is also a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in the master’s in art therapy program.
“When I came to the Woods for the first time, I knew it was the right place for me to stay. I could see and touch the legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. I could see that each Sister of Providence has a different ministry, but they focus working in the same spirit. This spirit is always stirring my heart,” Sister Anna said.
Her siblings from California, New York and Oregon came for the ceremony honoring her transfer of vows. Her mother, Anna Nguyen Thi Phac, came from Vietnam.
“It was such a wonderful celebration. It was a gathering of people from different countries; costumes, traditions and languages from sisters who came from the United States, Taiwan and Vietnam. This has opened to me a new world. I am now a Sister of Providence forever, so that I may bring the charism of Saint Mother Theodore to all of God’s people,” Sister Anna said.
About the Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of 214 women religious, with 300 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 13 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries can be found at SistersofProvidence.org.