Sister My Huong Pham transfers perpetual vows to Sisters of Providence
Sister My Huong Pham finally feels at home.
“I feel bold and official,” she said, “a Sister of Providence.”
For Sister My Huong, a process that began three years ago came to completion on Sunday, February 25.
On that day, Sister My Huong transferred her perpetual vows to the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, during liturgy in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Sister My Huong is a native of Bien Hoa, Vietnam. She entered the Vietnamese Dominican Sisters Congregation in 1991, and professed perpetual vows in 1999.
During her time with the Vietnamese Dominican Sisters, Sister My Huong ministered as a teacher, school administrative assistant and a missionary to poor suburban and rural areas.
She eventually traveled to the United States where she received a bachelor’s degree in theology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. And her time at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods with the Sisters of Providence had a profound impact on her.
“I was led by God’s Providence into a foreign land,” Sister My Huong said. “I discovered God’s love, mercy and justice exemplified in the life and ministries of the Sisters of Providence.”
In 2015, Sister My Huong expressed her desire to transfer her vows to the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence and the process began.
For two years, she ministered in health care at Providence Health Care, and in September 2017, she began residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Deaconess Hospital, in Evansville, Ind.
Sister My Huong said the transfer of vows was a “tremendous experience.”
“I feel my life anew,” she said. “The whole process helped build a sturdy bridge that enables me to be genuinely transformed and to be carried over into a totally new, different person – a woman of Providence.
“The completion of this transition is also significantly an invitation to a new transition as it is part of life – bringing forward the more fullness in my life by spreading love, mercy, and justice to the brokenness of this world. And this is what I anticipate in my forthcoming transitions.”
Sister My Huong added she was very grateful for everyone who helped her during the transfer process.
“I cannot disregard those who have had great impact on this process,” she said. “I am so grateful for the support of my mentor, the Sisters of Providence Leadership Team, my spiritual director, the sisters, my family, Providence Associates and the many supportive friends who have walked with me through the entire process of discernment of God’s plan and purpose for me.”
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.