Religious Sisters in Vietnam

Religious Sisters in Vietnam




  • On Zoom: https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/91410146253
  • Language: English and Vietnamese  
  • Date and time: 8:30-10:00 AM, USA Eastern Time Zone, March 20, 2024
  • Please register by March 15, 2024 at https://bit.ly/nutuvn in order to receive the webinar’s information and the research report on Vietnamese Sisters.


In recent years, women religious in Vietnam have experienced both successes and challenges in their consecrated life. Religious institutes are still enjoying the benefits of the steady increase of vocations from previous decades that allow them to expand their apostolic works. More recently, however, the religious institutes have had difficulty in maintaining their numbers, as many of them are becoming elderly and the number of new vocations has decreased. This is mirrored among the seven hundred thousand sisters globally. Many organizations and foundations around the world have attempted to assist religious institutes in various areas, such as initial and professional training, apostolic work, and care of elderly members. 


The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) in collaboration with the Conference of Major Superiors in Vietnam and the International Union of Major Superiors (UISG) in Rome will organize a webinar to discuss the status of religious life around the world as well as in Vietnam, including a review of various international resources on formation and elderly care that could help with the situation in Vietnam. 


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  • Sr. Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D. is a member of the institute of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis, Kenya. She serves as the Associate Vice President, Program Operations and Head of Catholic Sisters at Hilton Foundation. Sr. Jane provides leadership and direction of the Foundation’s Program Department operations budget, contracts, consultant management and policy implementation. She also oversees the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Catholic Sisters initiative. 
  • Sr. Patricia Murray, IBVM, DMin. is a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the executive director of the International Union of Superiors General, where she fosters networking and solidarity among the women religious of the world. Since February 2023, Pope Francis appointed Sister Patricia as the consultant to the Dicastery for Culture and Education.
  • Sr. Maria Ly Thi Bich Quyen, RNDM is a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. She is the provincial of the Vietnam Province and serves as the vice president of the Conference of Major Superiors in Vietnam. Sister Bich Quyen has experience in teaching, faith formation, counseling, education, pastoral ministry, and leadership. 
  • Sr. Mary Thu Do, LHC, Ph.D. is a member of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Hanoi and a research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. Sister Thu has conducted many research projects on religious life in the United States as well as in other parts of the world.