Sr. Mary To Anh Bui, fmm

toanhprofilepictureSr. To Anh Bui was born November 19, 1963 at Nha Trang, Vietnam the fifth out of eight children in the family.

Before entering the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, To Anh had previous religious life experience with the Daughters of Charity as a candidate.  While she was with the Daughters of Charity, she attended to the needs of the cancer patients in the hospital.  She washed their clothes, cleaned their rooms and gave them massage.  She found it fulfilling listening to the patients’ stories and the patients found it comforting to have a listening ear.  Her other ministry was teaching the kindergarteners for 5 years.

To Anh required her to leave the Daughters of Charity upon knowing her father’s whereabouts.  Their family was separated as a consequence of the turmoil in Vietnam during the Communist regime.  While her family waited to go to the United States, To Anh became the choir director at their parish in Ky Dong, Saigon, Vietnam.

Her mother and some of her siblings finally got reunited with her father in Michigan.  Her first few years living in the United States brought some challenges.  She did several odd jobs to survive and to get assimilated in the new culture.  To Anh finally got a stable job making rear view mirrors which she did for eight years.  While in Michigan, her musical talent was put to use once again as the director of the Vietnamese choir in their parish.

When To Anh went back to Vietnam for a visit, she met Phi Uong’s uncle.  To Anh and Phi knew each other as they grew up in the same village in Vietnam.  Phi’s uncle told To Anh that Phi joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at Central Falls, RI.  The calling to religious life sparked once again so she didn’t hesitate to visit Phi and the FMM community in Central Falls, RI.  She found the community life very simple and the sisters were very close just like her big family.  She was inspired by the community in Central Falls so she took her chances of writing the Superior General in Rome to ask permission to enter even though she was over the cut-off age of 35.

God certainly intervened and To Anh entered the prenovitiate in September 2001.  In addition to getting acquainted with the FMM life, To Anh was immersed in a ministry as an assistant teacher for 2nd graders at St. Joseph School in Millbrook, NY.  To Anh also shared her guitar skills in the parish.

In September 4, 2002, To Anh entered the novitiate.  Her formation period included ministries in an assisted living in Coventry, RI and at John V. Doyle School where she assisted in a kindergarten class.

In September 4, 2004, To Anh made her temporary profession at Sts. John and Paul Parish, Coventry, RI. After her vows, she was missioned to Cardinal Hayes School where she worked as a teacher’s assistant for a year in a class for children with disabilities.  She was moved to Brighton, MA to take ESL classes at Bunker Hill Community College.  She also had private instruction in the theory of music, vocals and classical guitar.  During the weekends, she gave communion to seniors at Neville Place in Cambridge, MA.

To Anh has always brought life to all with her gift of music.  Her positive outlook in life must be brought about by her consistent prayer life as well as keeping herself fit through yoga and biking.  To Anh’s positive outlook seems to rub on to others for they are all smiles after spending some time with To Anh.

To Anh hopes to learn more about music for she dreams of playing in a church choir again.  She wishes to play her guitar to the elderly for it gives life and they also have fun. “I like to make people happy.”

 

Sr. My Hoa Nguyen, fmm

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Sr. My Hoa Nguyen was born on November 11 at Nha Trang, Vietnam, the eighth child of thirteen children; eight brothers and four sisters.

While in Nha Trang, Vietnam, My Hoa already has responded to God’s call by teaching catechism to children.  She also helped the children in her neighboorhood with their homework.

Her love of working with children continued after moving to the United States with her family.  She worked as an assistant teacher for 3 to 5 year old children in a day care sponsored by the government for one year in San Jose, California.

 

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Sr. My Hoa Nguyen, fmm

Sr. My Hoa Nguyen was born on November 11 at Nha Trang, Vietnam, the eighth child of thirteen children; eight brothers and four sisters.

While in Nha Trang, Vietnam, My Hoa already has responded to God’s call by teaching catechism to children.  She also helped the children in her neighboorhood with their homework.

Her love of working with children continued after moving to the United States with her family.  She worked as an assistant teacher for 3 to 5 year old children in a day care sponsored by the government for one year in San Jose, California.

Her call to religious life persisted so her brother, Fr. Khoa, OFM introduced her to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.  She visited the FMM community at Central Fall, RI and found their charism in internationality, community life, Eucharistic life and adoration very appealing.

My Hoa entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary as a pre-novice on September 4, 2001 in Central Fall, RI. She continued the pre-novitiate in Millbrook, NY.  While in Millbrook, NY she volunteered at St. Joseph School.  She also worked at Cardinal Hayes School where she cared for children with disabilities.

After a year, My Hoa entered the novitiate in West Greenwich, RI on September 4, 2002.  Her novitiate formation included ministry at John V. Doyle School in Coventry, RI where she assisted in the kindergarten class.  Her second year involved working with the elderly in a nursing home.

On September 4, 2004, My Hoa pronounced her first vows at Sts. John and Paul, Coventry, RI.  She was sent in mission to Our Lady of Hope in Cambridge, MA then after the house was sold, the community moved to another house in Brighton, MA.  While in Massachusetts, she obtained her GED which qualified her to go to college.  She brought communion to the elderly at Neville Place in Cambridge.

My Hoa was missioned back to West Greenwich, RI where she studied childhood education at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick, RI.  After finishing her associate degree at CCRI, she was missioned to DeChappotin community in North Providence, RI.  She began preparations for her final vows.  She ministered to the poor at the Poverello center which is run by the Franciscan Friars.  She was also called to help our elderly sisters in residence at St. Antoine’s.

She pronounced her final vows September 4, 2010 and received her mission sending from Sr. Suzanne Phillips, superior general, to the people of the United States.

My Hoa is a very talented artist.  She continues to enrich her love of painting with Sr. Joel, fmm who is an accomplished painter and teacher herself.  She loves to paint portraits and landscapes.  She gets her inspiration with her painting from listening to music and walking along the beach.  Her natural gift of humor and cooking brings joy to whoever enjoys a good laugh and food.

My Hoa hopes that there will be more people drawn to religious life especially in our Institute.  She prays to God that she remains faithful in her vocation.