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National Vocations Awareness Week

Sisters' congregation from Vietnam
traces founding back to 17th century

Sister Rosaline Lieu Nguyen

At the age of 12, Sister Rosaline Lieu Nguyen, LHC, made a decision that affected her entire life — she joined the Congregation of Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross.

"In those days it was very acceptable to have very young seminarians and novices" entering religious communities, said Sister Rosaline, who is the superior at the Sisters' convent in Concord.

"I was very attracted to the Sisters of my community who were teaching at my parish school: the way they lived so simply, so happily, spiritually and especially because I love to be a teacher like them," she said.

After high school, she "entered the postulancy for six months, then after two years as a novitiate I made my first profession."

While in the novitiate she was asked the name of the saint "you wanted to be." The novitiates could keep their baptism name or choose a new name. "I took my new name, Rosaline, because one of my teachers whom I admired had that name, and I also loved the spirituality and humility of St. Rose of Lima."


Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross

Name: The Congregation of Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross. The community is also called the Lovers of the Holy Cross (LHC).
Founded: 1671 in Vietnam by Bishop Lambert De La Motte
Arrived in East Bay: 1994 in Concord
Original ministries: helping the poor, elderly, disabled and others in need
Current ministries: teaching, prison
Current number: 25 professed Sisters, two novices and two aspirants in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Dioceses of Oakland and San Jose.
Worldwide: 350 professed Sisters, 36 novices and more than 300 postulants
East Bay: Vietnamese Pastoral Center (Chancery office); Santa Maria Parish in Orinda; St. Monica, Moraga; St. Joseph Parish, Pinole
Contact: Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross
(U.S. province), 1685 Humphrey Drive, Concord, 94519;
925-674-9639; mtgqn_lhc@googlegroups.com.
The Congregation of Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross, also called The Lovers of the Holy Cross (LHC) of Quinhon Diocese, Vietnam, was founded by Bishop Lambert de la Motte who was sent by the Holy See to evangelize the Far East in the 17th century.

The Lovers of the Holy Cross was the first female religious congregation to be distinguished by its East Asian characteristics, both contemplative and apostolic. It was established first in northern Vietnam in 1670 and in southern Vietnam the following year.

The charism of the LHCS flows from their founder who had a goal of total dedication of mind, heart and life toward the crucified Christ. His spirituality has three main dimensions: a spirit of contemplation, a spirit of mortification and a spirit of apostolate.

The Sisters see their mission as twofold: to continue Jesus' life of pilgrimage and sacrifice in the spirit of contemplation through a life of prayer for the Church and the world, especially the conversion of non-Christians; to be the visible hands of the one Mediator between God and humanity through service in education, social work and faith formation, especially to women, young people and the poor.

Sister Rosaline was sent to the U.S. by her community in 1972, to study at Dominican University in San Rafael with another member of her religious community. There she was graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and later with a master's degree in counseling from the University of San Francisco.

The Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross were welcomed into the San Francisco Archdiocese to minister to Southeast Asian refugees, said Sister Rosaline. On July 7, 1981, Archbishop John R. Quinn accepted the LHC congregation into the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

In 1994 Sister Nguyen received permission from Bishop John S. Cummins to open the community's Novitiate in Concord. Bishop Cummins blessed the Novitiate the following year. Also in 1995, the community was granted use of the convent at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda which became the Aspirants House.

A year later the congregation was approved as a nonprofit religious corporation by the state of California and listed in the Catholic Directory as the "Qui Nhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross."

Currently the Sisters are serving in three California (arch)dioceses: San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. In San Jose the Sisters minister in catechetics, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Eucharistic Youth, senior group, Legion of Mary, pastoral care and as pastoral associates and office receptionist.

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